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8 | A Season to Remember The VYPE team breaks down the great seasons and deep playoff runs from the McAlester Buffaloes and Hartshorne Miners. Both teams put together plenty of highlights this season so be sure to get caught up here.
15 | Kiowa Basketball The Cowgirls are coming off back-toback state tournament appearances and behind VYPE Top 100 selection Addy Clift fans can expect to see the Cowgirls right back in the thick of things again. On the boys side of things the Cowboys are looking to build on last year’s 18-win season. Can veteran leadership spur the Cowgirls to even bigger heights this year? Get the scoop right here.
20 | Broken Bow Basketball The Savages will be attempting to improve on last season’s 17-10 overall record. The Lady Savages made it to the area tournament finals last season before being turned away at the doorstep of the Class 4A state tournament. Led by a slew of seniors the Lady Savages are looking to punch their ticket to the Big House this year.
27 | Haworth Basketball VYPE Top 100 selection Junior Griffin and three other returning starters have the Lions poised for a return to the Big House this season. Meanwhile the Haworth girls are looking for improvement with several key players back with another year of experience under their belts.
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NEVER GIVE UP As the outdoor sports of fall give way to the indoor games of winter, I’m once again impressed by the determination of high school athletes to overcome all obstacles to achieve their goals, individually and as a team. Despite the impact of Ol’ Man Winter, “We Will” drove the efforts of the McAlester Buffaloes in their quest of the Class 5A state football championship while Hartshorne’s “Go Hard or Go Home” approach fueled the restoring of Miner Pride en route to the Class 2A semifinals. As basketball seasons tip off for 2013-14, teams across southeast Oklahoma gear up for championship seasons. Spearheaded by members of the VYPE Top 100 basketball team, VYPE gives you at sneak peak at the prospects at local teams inside this edition.
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Compassion is the emotion that we feel in response to the suffering of others that motivates a genuine desire to help others. More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. her teammates, classmates, friends and the younger kids in our community. She’s an awesome role model for all of us.” Clift, a standout on the basketball court, is quick to praise the influence of others in her life for shaping her into the person she strives to be each day. “My parents (Elaine & Keith) taught me what’s important,” smiled Clift. “Mom is one of the most generous people I know. She’s constantly running errands for everyone. My grandparents have shown me that the consistent support of others will make a difference.” “In today’s world where so many kids want accolades and attention for themselves,” said Daniel, “Addy prefers to reflect the attention to others first.” “I try to just be a friend, a listener, whenever someone is having a bad day,” said Clift, “and try to encourage them any way I can.” Because of her experiences on and off the court, Clift recognizes there are times things are beyond your control. “There are days when your shots just don’t fall, in sports and in life,” said Clift. “You just have to step back, take a breath, and keep trying to do your best.” “Addy’s a helper,” confirmed Daniel. “She’s like the Energizer Bunny, going and going and going to find a way to help someone.” Success in life requires a detailed road map. Addy Clift, a junior at Kiowa High School, chooses to travel a compassion filled highway in order to meet each day’s challenge with determination to help someone else first as she travels on her own road to success. “True character is how you treat others and what you do for them first,” said Clift, a member of the Cowgirls basketball team. “I try to always let my actions speak louder than my words.” “Addy is one of the kindest people I know,” said Wade Daniel, head coach of the girls’ basketball team at Kiowa. “She’s always looking out for everyone else whether that’s
Known by her friends and family for a “unique” sense of humor, Clift enjoys a laugh and bringing a smile to the face of others. “I don’t mind being the point of the joke,” Clift admits with a chuckle. “And, if that makes another person laugh and feel better and have a good day, then why not.” For Daniel and the others that share pathways with Clift, compassion is an obvious way of behavior noticed everyday. “I just try to be to others the way I’d want them to be to me,” said Clift. “I live by the belief that you can achieve anything if you set your mind and your heart to it. For me, I want to win. But most of all, I know that if I can be a positive influence to others, we can all enjoy the victory.” DECEMBER-JANUARY 2014
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A Season To Remember 2013 football was filled with expectations and surprises The McAlester Buffaloes entered this year having reached the Class 5A semifinals the past two years playing with a belief of “We Will” with the commitment to win the gold ball in 2013. A district title gave coach Bryan Pratt’s team home field advantage for the playoffs with brackets that would offer a road to redemption against foes that had eliminated the Buffs from the playoffs in past seasons.
Cade Harkins The road to a state championship is a long and winding path. Yet, while the competition was intense in all classes of Oklahoma high school football, unexpected things, such as week-long weather delays, left football fans with a season to remember.
Dalton Wood & Jarome Smith
With the state’s most explosive offense playing at near perfection, McAlester posted a 76-28 win over East Central in week one leading to a week two showdown against the defending Class 5A champions Midwest City Carl Albert. Even with bitter cold temperatures, the Black & Gold defense frustrated the Titans while the offense was on fire in posting a 52-13 victory. The “We Will” theme continued to drive the determined Buffs in their 56-20 win over Lawton MacArthur. Game preparation was more than just film study of the next opponent as a week long delay due to winter weather cancelled the playoff schedule and trip to Boone Pickens Stadium to battle the Guthrie Bluejays. “The delay allowed us the opportunity to overcome some bumps and bruises,” said Pratt, “but, when you’re playing at such a high level, it’s tough to have an off week and maintain your
Mikey Varney consistency, but you have to roll with it.”
The bad weather circumstances gave cause for the Buffs to appreciate the support of the community including practicing inside their indoor facility. “We’re so fortunate,” Pratt said in appreciation. “Our facilities are phenomenal and we’re grateful for everything our fans and school have done for our program.”
The Saturday night showdown for the 5A crown was emotion filled as the Buffs battled the top-ranked Bluejays. Despite the efforts of Dalton Wood, Caden Pratt, Jarome Smith, Cade Harkins and Josh Peckio , McAlester’s dream of a state championship was denied in a 51-21 setback. Yet, according to Pratt, 2013 was a season to remember.
“This was still a very special ride,” admits Pratt. “We were one of only 17 teams in the history of Oklahoma football that have scored more than 700 points in a single season. Our seniors have won 42 games and made the semis twice and the finals this year. We had some very good athletes making plays
now,” said Williams.
The semifinal showdown against Millwood (9-24)marked the end of a special season.
Dallas Herring every Friday night. Mason Bumphus led the state in interceptions. Players like Riley Smith, Robbie Stephens, Alan Woodmore, Lane Grant and Rhylan Stephens were big time on defense while our offense needed everyone including Blakely Williams, Mikey Verner, Connor Powers, Matt Ferrell, Grant Sontag, Payton Haynes and Austin Hilton to do what we did. And, I can’t say enough about how everyone at our school and community supported everything.” The journey to Stillwater for teams in Class 2A included the Hugo Buffaloes and the Miners of Hartshorne that earned postseason opportunities.
After compiling an 8-2 regular season, coach Bill Williams squad earned a first round playoff game at home resulting in a 37-20 victory over tradition rich Stroud. Preparing with a mindset of “Go Hard or Go Home”, Hartshorne continued its playoff journey on the road where in week two, despite the extreme cold and wet conditions, picked up a 17-7 win over Commerce setting up a third round matchup against the defending Class 2A state champion, Oklahoma Christian School in what would be, in Williams’ words, a total effort from the players, coaches and fans.” “It was all on our kids,” said Williams with pride. “We were behind and had to find a way to win. We stopped them on defense and overcame 3 plays needing 10 yards or more to keep a drive going and they did it. Everyone on the field and in the stands believed it was going to happen.” The next step would be a matchup against top ranked Millwood, a game that would be like all others postponed for a week due to winter weather hazards.
“Coming off a big win, we felt like we had an advantage and wanted to play right
“We knew this was a year we’d been waiting for,” Williams said confidently. “We had players like Dallas Herring and Cody Ward as our leaders. Players like Marcus Morris, Dylan Pingleton, Troy Ray and Nathan Herring. And those guys that don’t get much mention like Thomas Irish, Colton Tubbs, Gavin Clunn in the line played their hearts out on every snap.” The season for the Miners was filled with expectations of writing a new chapter of success that culminated in a 11-3 campaign.
“My fondest memories are how hard these kids worked,” said Williams. “They wanted to bring back the tradition of the past. And, so did everybody in Hartshorne. This is their team. And, I’m glad to be a part of it. We couldn’t do it without everybody’s help.” The championship contest was spectacular as Davis, last year’s runnerup, engineered its own come from behind effort to rally and defeat topranked Millwood 36-32 for the Class 2A gold ball.
season beating Union (38-22) in the 6A title contest for a second consecutive championship.
Anadarko continued its winning ways capturing its 54th win over the past four years with a 40-0 victory against Poteau to claim the Class 4A crown. Laverne captured the Class B title with a 42-12 win over Pond Creek-Hunter while Cherokee captured the Class C championship with a 38-14 decision over Tipton. Photos by Brett Rojo and Lana O’Kelley
The field of 32 in the Class A playoff bracket included the Quinton Savages and the Bulldogs of Savanna. The “Big Blue” playing in front of the home crowd in week one earned a 32-8 victory over Wewoka. The Class A crown would eventually go to the Hollis Tigers, who defeated defending state champion Ringling 29-12
The more things change the more they stay the same as the Jenks and Guthrie delivered gold ball performances. The Trojans completed an undefeated
Mcalester Buffaloes Boys Coach: Chris Zike (1st year) 12-13 Record: 6-17 Roster:
Eli Boyle Blakely Williams DeAngelo Rhone Keaton Slater Texas Pascale Zach Baugh Todd Dawkins Jalen Erving
6-1 5-7 6-4 6-6 6-2 5-11 6-4 5-11
F G C F/C G G G/F G
Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr So. So.
Girls Coach: April Burns (3rd year) 12-13 Record: 12-12 Roster:
Baylee Dawkins 5-11 Maddie McGowan 5-2 Lacey McLain 5-10 Ariana Garner 5-4 Shatee Robinson 5-11 April Calistro 5-6 Katelynn Creekmore 5-7 Shelby Tatum 5-9 Alesha Greenhaw 5-7 Vhitney Garner 5-3 Taylor Compton 5-7 Brynn Vaughan 5-7
F G F G F G G F G G G G
Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Fr.
Boys After nine seasons as an assistant, Chris Zike takes the reins of the Buffaloes basketball future as the head coach of his alma mater. The lineup for Zike includes plenty of athleticism and determination.
Depth at guard is apparent where five players bring quickness and skill as point guard Jalen Erving and three point threat Todd Dawkins return. Texas Pascale, Blakely Williams and Zach Baugh add to the rotation allowing Zike plenty of options in the Buffs’ motion offense style. “Jalen has the ability to take the ball to the basket,” said Zike, “plus pull up and shoot off the dribble while Todd can score from anywhere if you don’t guard him.” Frontline experience, size and
muscle will come from 6-foot-1 forward Eli Boyle, 6-foot-6 forward Keaton Slater and 6-foot-4 center DeAngelo Rhone. “All three of these guys will challenge you,” said Zike.
Entering his first campaign as head coach, Zike is confident in the effort his players will bring to the court.
“This is an athletic group,” said Zike, “Our quickness will let us defend the length of the floor man-to-man and force turnovers from the trap and give us transition baskets.” Girls
Lady Buffs basketball recent past has produced its share of exciting moments and the results prove it. After last season’s record ended 1212, head coach April Burns, now in her third season on the bench, has definite expectations for this year’s
team to return to its winning past.
“We’re going to be a young squad,” said Burns, referencing the game time experience of the 2013-14 lineup. “But, our style will remain the same, up-tempo with lots of pressure defense.” Three starters are back including the versatility of 5-foot-11 junior forward Shattee Robinson.
“Shaq creates a challenge to defend,” said Burns. “She can go inside and she has the quickness to pull it away from the paint and then create a mismatch.” Moving to the point guard will be April Calistro while Baylee Dawkins
returns to the front line.
“April is going to be our leader on the floor,” said Burns. “Baylee can create challenges on the high post and short corner blocks.”
A pair of seniors, Maddie McGowan and Lacey McLain will boost the team’s results.
people,” Burns replied. “This group is determined to prove they’ve got what it takes to be successful and be in the race for a trip to the state tournament.”
“Maddie is our defensive sparkplug,” Burns said, “Lacey has added to her game too. Our three seniors (Dawkins-McGowan-McLain) are taking their position of leadership seriously.”
Katelynn Creekmoore adds to the defensive pressure and rebounding strength of this year’s squad that will also display a pair of talented freshmen, Taylor Compton and Brynn Vaughn. “We’re going to surprise some
Area Basketball Previews and a spot-up shooter. Also look for hard working David Jobe (5-10 Sr.) to see plenty of time on the floor for the Bearcats.
GIRLS Austin Lindly (6th year) 12-13 Record: 16-8 Outlook: The Lady Bearcats are looking to mix things up on the defensive end and force turnovers through some tough man-to-man play. Head coach Austin Lindly returns three starters to the floor this season including Kendie Bryant (5-6, Sr.) who averaged 7.0 points per game. Returning forward Cheyanne Simpson (5-8, Sr.) can also play guard. Simpson averaged 11 points a game last year and should see those numbers increase. Senior forwards Megan Wilbourn (5-8) and Emma Branton (5-8) are a tough combo to stop inside. Macy Smith (5-7, Sr.) is another guard/forward in the roation with Jalena Arthur (5-5, Jr.) at guard. Both are athletic players with good vision. Two freshmen are looking to leave their mark on the team. JaeLeigh Holder (5-8) and Neely Noel (5-6) a lot of raw tools to the floor for coach Lindly. “With a lot of new players and a good mix of senior leadership, we’re going to work to rebuild this team and compete each night,” said coach Lindly. Kendie Bryant 5-6 G Cheyanne Simpson 5-8 G/F Megan Wilbourn 5-8 F Emma Branton 5-8 F Macy Smith 5-7 G/F Jalena Arthur 5-5 G JaeLeigh Holder 5-8 Neely Noel 5-6
Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Fr.
BOYS Brandon Lindly (1st year) 12-13 Record: 20-6 Outlook: First year head coach Brandon Lindly has two returning starters back this season from a team that won 20 games last year. “We’re still learning the system and I’m still learning the kids. Most of our guys played football and haven’t had much time on the court. I think we can compete, but we have a lot of good teams in this area and we’ll be tested every game, but if you don’t come to play us we’ll surprise you,” coach Lindly said. Tanner Brown (6-3, Sr.) will take on more of a scoring role this season. Coach Lindly said Brown is a true point guard that can take it to the basket. Morgan Nabors (5-9, Sr.) is another senior guard expected to play a major role this season especially on defense. Forward Drew McNight (6-3, Sr.) brings good size to the floor and is tough to defend with the ball. Henryetta transfer Zach Spear (5-11, Sr.) moves in after his dad takes over the football team. Spear is an athletic player 14
Tanner Brown Morgan Nabors Drew McNight Zach Spear David Jobe
6-3 5-9 6-3 5-11 5-10
G G F G G
Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.
Atoka Wampus Cats Website: www.atoka.org
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BOYS Russ Harrison (8th year) 12-13 Record: 16-10 Outlook: In 2012-13, Atoka doubled its win total from the previous year. Now, eighth year head coach Russ Harrison and the Wampus Cats have their sights set on an even bigger win total this year. Junior Bobby Johnson might be one of the more dangerous scorers in Class 3A. The 6-foot-4 guard is coming off a sophomore season in which he average 16.7 points per game. Bishop Coulter, a 6-6 sophomore forward, will be a tough matchup in the frontcourt. He returns after scoring 8.4 points as a freshman. Other returnees include senior guard A.J. Moton (6.1), Tyreke Johnson (4.2) and Brandon Callicut (2.4). “We will play a very up-tempo game,” Harrison said. “We look to have lots of possessions and take quick shots in order to increase the pace of the game. We will play at least 10 guys per quarter. Bobby may be one of the best guards in 3A. If we stay healthy and continue to improve we will be able to play with anyone in 3A.” Bobby Johnson 6-4 Bishop Coulter 6-6 A.J. Moton 5-11 Tyreke Johnson 6-0 Brandon Callicut 5-9
G F G G G
Jr. So. Sr. So. Jr.
GIRLS Tommy Pinkley (10th year) 12-13 Record: 7-16 Outlook: The outlook for the Lady Cougars is “strong” as three starters return from last year’s club. Looking at the roster, one obvious advantage will be the size on the front line. Tiersten Fairchilds, a 5-foot10 center, returns for her senior season
standing alongside a pair of 5-foot-10 sophomore forwards, Krysta Ketchum and Michelle Greco. Point guard Elisabeth Willis will once again run the show joined by another sophomore with size, 5-foot-9 Makinsi Shearwood. “Our size is obvious,” said head coach Tommy Pinkley, who begins his 10th season. “And that’s what we plan to use to our advantage with physical post play. Elisabeth Willis 5-6 PG Tiersten Fairchilds 5-10 C Krysta Ketchum 5-10 F Michelle Greco 5-10 Makinsi Shearwood 5-9 G
Sr. Sr. So. So. So.
Chase Shearwood 6-3 Ryan Leal 5-8 Caleb Jarrett 6-2 Colton Harris 6-4 Ty Weihr 6-4 Tanner Freeman 6-4 Paul Childers 6-0 Destin Hayes 6-0 D.J. Green 5-8 Hayden Hopper 5-10 Daniel Lenox 5-8 Taylor Kedyker 5-9 Ryan Root 6-2
Jr Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. So. Sr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr.
BOYS Daniel Lokey (12th year) 12-13 Record: 16-7 Outlook: The Cougars have the pieces for a successful season with the combination of experience, shooting, rebounding and scoring available for coach Daniel Lokey’s 2013-2014 lineup. “We’ve got four experienced starters back,” said Lokey. Chase (Shearwood) can score plus we’ve got the size to pound the boards for rebounds.” Chase Shearwood averaged 17.2 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds last year. Front line size and strength rests with forwards Caleb Jarrett (8.5ppg/5.2reb), Colton Harris (4.4ppg/4.3reb/2.5blks) and post play from Ty Weihr. Experience running the offense rest in the hands of senior point guard Ryan Lyal (7.1ppg/3.0asst). “We’ll bring other kids off the bench for added depth,” Lokey notes. “Altogether it makes for a fun year.”
G PG F F C F G G G G G G G
GIRLS Rickey Rhoads (1st year) 12-13 Record: 1-20 Outlook: The Lady Wildcats will start five seniors with a fairly young bench.
Head coach Rickey Rhoads will mix it up on defense between man and zone. One player expected to see plenty of time on the floor is Landon Garcia (5-8, Sr.) at forward. Garcia has the talent to lead this team down some dusty roads and fight for a conference title. Whitney Williams (5-7, Sr.) gets the nod at guard with Shelby Martindale (5-6, Sr.). Both play with an extra gear. Forward Kendra Coslow (5-7, Sr.) could become one of the team’s top scorers this season. Mekyla Jacobs (5-4, Sr.) will give opponents fits on defense and create turnovers and quick baskets on the other end. Coach Rhoades is excited to have an opportunity for these girls to taste success. Landon Garcia 5-8 Whitney Williams 5-7 Kendra Coslow 5-7 Shelby Martindale 5-6 Mekyla Jacobs 5-4
F F F G G
Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.
BOYS Kerwin Manion (6th year) 12-13 Record: N/A Outlook: Coalgate head coach Kerwin Manion returns four starters from last year’s squad. Two seniors, Tyler Price (G) and Jerod Stephens (F) averaged 2.6 and 2.1 points per game respectively a year ago. Both are looking to increase those totals and become the teams leading bucket getters. Sophomore guard C.J. Bills averaged 3.5 points coming off the bench last year. Bills and fellow sophomores Dakota Powell and Nate Hardy will need to step up and give coach Manion some quality minutes on the floor. “We are young overall so hopefully the experience from playing will help us later in the season. I’m looking for an exciting year with lots of hard work and improving every game,” Manion said. The defense could be the strength of the team as Manion will implement a man-to-man defense. Tyler Price Jerod Stephen Dakota Powell C.J. Bills Nate Hardy
G F G G G
Sr. Sr. So. So. So.
Haileyville Warriors Website: www.haileyville.k12.ok.us
GIRLS Jody Hull (2nd Year) 12-13 Record: 2-19 Outlook: The Lady Warriors enter the 2013-2014 campaign trying to make all the pieces fit together as head coach Jody Hull’s roster consist of one senior, one junior, one sophomore and four freshmen. “We’re young and inexperienced,” admits Hull. “The girls are working to get better every game.” Joy Picotte is the lone senior and will
welcome the play of 5-foot-5 guard Tori Cole, who, according to Hull, has good basketball skills and court awareness. Audrey Gleason will play at one forward as freshman Hannah Manning handles point guard duties. Joy Picotte 5-5 Tori Cole 5-5 Audri Gleason 5-4 Hannah Manning 5-5 Ashton Sochey 5-5 Kensi Davidson 5-3 Heaven Lawrence 5-3 Kiara Covey 5-5
P G F PG G G G F
Sr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.
BOYS Jody Hull (2nd year) 12-13 Record: 10-15 Outlook: The Warriors expectations for success this year rotate around the return of three starters to the hardwood. The double-double productivity of 6-foot-8 junior Bryer Stites can not be overlooked after last season posting 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Jason Mayo (12.1ppg/7.0reb) will continue to provide added strength at forward while James Hart (6.3ppg/6.0asst) can score and assist with ball distribution. Taking the point guard spot will be newcomer Tristan Tiger while Seth Davidson, a talented freshman, can score from the other guard position. “We’ve got the pieces to the puzzle to be a good team,” said head coach Jody Hull, who enters his second season. “Inside and out, we’ve got the right stuff to have really year.” Tristan Tiger James Hart Jason Mayo Jordan Smith Bryer Stites Billy Morgan Cody Hart
5-11 5-8 6-1 6-0 6-8 5-8 5-8
G G F F C G G
Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. So
GIRLS Wade Daniels (21st year) 12-13 Record: 23-8 Outlook: The Cowgirls want more this season after a Class A semi-final appearance last season. VYPE Top 100 standout Addy Clift (19.1ppg) returns for a third season in the lineup along with a trio of seniors that know how to win including Madi Slawson (8.3ppg), Rylee Smith (7.1ppg) and Miranda Stiles (6.2ppg). The Cowgirls will continue to push the ball in transition as well as maintain pressure defense creating points off turnovers. “Addy, Madi and Miranda compliment each other,” said head coach Wade Daniels. “All
three can score or break down the opponent with their dribble and passing skills. With three full and one part-time starters returning, we have a good balance of experience and talent on the court. If we do the right things, we’ve got a shot of making it 3 straight trips to state.” Rylee Smith Madi Slawson Miranda Stiles Addy Clift Tori Gillispie Lily Daniel Bless Roberts Emily Knight Tara Mabray Erin Foris Jadyn Wills
5-10 5-7 5-4 5-7 5-8 5-9 5-5 5-8 5-7 5-5 5-8
F G G G F F G F F G F
Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. So. Jr.
Clay Doyle Johnny Allen Tanner Williams Caden Shores Cody Wren Brycen Overton Tristian McMath Brice Smith Shay Calvert
5-7 6-2 5-9 6-0 5-8 6-2 6-1 6-2 5-10
G F G F G F G C G
Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr.
BOYS Keith Quaid (3rd year) 12-13 Record: 18-11 Outlook: The Cowboys lineup is filled with experience and balanced scoring as all five starters return from last year’s 19-win campaign. Entering this season ranked among the top 10 teams in Class A basketball, coach Keith Quaid’s lineup includes a quartet of juniors including last season’s leading scorer Brycen Overton (9.6ppg/5.6reb), Tristian McMath (8.6ppg/3.6asst), Brice Smith (6.8ppg/5.8reb) and Shay Calvert (5.9ppg/4.3asst) along with Clay Doyle, a senior who averaged 5.7 points per contest from his guard spot. “Our expectations are to be in the race to the Big House,” said Quaid. “With all five starters plus added bench strength, we’re more athletic than last year. We’ll grind out on offense no matter the tempo as well as play aggressive man-to-man defense.”
Cody Walters Daniel Tucker Jakob Echelle Grayson Griffin
5-11 5-7 5-10 5-9
G G G F
Jr. So. Fr. Fr.
GIRLS Tara Satterfield (3rd year) 12-13 Record: 12-13 Outlook: With a solid nucleus of veteran players returning, the Lady Savages expectations of a very successful season are apparent. Two starters highlight the optimism including Shelby Brennan (10.3ppg/8.4reb) and Courtney Taylor (3.8ppg/2.3asst). Adding to the expectations for success will be senior forward Kelsey Crawford along with the junior guard duo of Chassity McClary and Kaycee Turner. “The experience and chemistry of this team are the right ingredients for a winning season,” said Satterfield, who begins her third season as head coach. “Their work ethic and effort will have us in position to surprise some people.” Kelsey Crawford 5-7 Shelby Brennan 5-8 Courtney Taylor 5-2 Chassity McClary 5-2 Kaycee Turner 5-8
F F PG G G
Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr.
BOYS T.W. Estes (2nd year) 12-13 Record: 15-11 Outlook: The majority of the Savages’ scoring punch returns along with a few additional weapons for head coach T.W. Estes, who enters his second campaign on the bench. A quartet of seniors will anchor the efforts including returning starter Jake Swanson, a 6-foot-3 guard, Nathan Wingo, Quintin Needham and Kenny Boyd. Sophomores Brad Davis, Joseph Perez and Christian Clayton will join 6-foot-4 junior Sam Simco to complete the rotation of players. “These kids laid the foundation for success last year,” said Estes. “The experience we have back combined with our defensive intensity will give us the opportunity to do even more this year.” Jake Swanson 6-3 Nathan Wingo 5-9 Quintin Needham 6-1 Kenny Boyd 5-9 Sam Simco 6-4 Brad Davis 5-11 Joseph Perez 6-0 Christian Clayton 5-11
G G F F F G G G
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Savanna Bulldogs Website: www.savanna.k12.ok.us
GIRLS Diane Inman (26th year) 12-13 Record: 20-6 Outlook: Coming off a 20-win season a year ago, the rebuilding process begins as the Lady Bulldogs return only one starter. “We’ve been in this situation before,” recalled head coach Diane Inman. “The girls in 1997 won only 10 games as freshmen before winning the state championship in 2000. I see a lot of that type of potential as this season develops. The light bulbs are going with every game we play. Jordin Wilson, who averaged 10.1ppg last season, will shoulder the load along with Destiny Raleigh, Rosie Mae Martinez, Jessica Wright, Abby Mabray and Payton Little for Inman, who enters her 26th year at Savanna. “We’re rebuilding,” said Inman. But, these girls have a lot of fight and aggressiveness which benefits our efforts on defense.” Jordin Wilson 5-8 Destiny Raleigh 5-4 Skye Kilburn 6-0 Rosie Mae Martinez 5-4 Jessica Wright 5-5 Tanna Heddelston 5-6 Abby Mabray 5-8 Trinity Johns 5-7 Brittany Drake 5-5 Payton Little 5-6 Kristen Perry 5-7 Justice Smith 5-6 Cianna Titsworth 5-7 Morgan Loud 5-5
F G C G G G C F G G G G F G
Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. So. So. Fr. Fr Fr. Fr. Fr.
BOYS Brian Brown (12th year) 12-13 Record: 11-12 Outlook: The ‘Dawgs enter the 2013-2014 campaign with only one starter returning from a year ago. Despite the playing time experience, head coach Brian Brown is encouraged about the potential of this year’s team. “They’re scrappy and want to win,” said Brown, who begins his 12th season on the bench at Savanna. “Their hard work and effort gives us opportunities to win as the depth and experience develop.” Kris Perry, a 6-foot-3 forward, is the lone starter back in the blue and gold. Tanner Brown, a 6-foot-4 center, will work on the front line along with Ryan Weeks, Deshawnta Wright, Tyler Ward and Jake Murdaugh while sophomore Alex Owens contributes at guard. Kris Perry 6-3 Tanner Brown 6-4 Ryan Weeks 6-0 Deshawnta Wright 5-10 Tyler Ward 6-2
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GIRLS Justin Lowder (1st year) 12-13 Record: 20-7 Outlook: Four starters plus two bench players with plenty of game time experience to give coach Justin Lowder high expectations. Junior guard Brooke Saxon (10.6 pts/5.3 reb) joins a trio of seniors including Christine Sockey (7.5 pts/4.8 reb), Michelina Sokolosky (5.2 pts) and Samantha Vanderburg (6.2 pts/3.2 asst.) for Wilburton. “We have six players that have proven experience and know what it takes to win,” said Lowder. “With help from some of the other underclassmen, this will be an exciting season.” Christine Sockey 5-8 F Michelina Sokolosky 5-6 G Samantha Vanderburg 5-4 G Brooke Saxon 5-6 G Sabrina Stanford 5-4 G Sarenity Reynolds 5-6 G Christina Medcalf 5-8 F Michaela Mathis 5-7 F.
Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr.
Cody Arnold 5-11 Hunter Nixon 5-11 Emanuel Mercado 6-2 Mikey Gauzdausky 5-9 Jonothon Fite 6-0 Cade Fite 6-0 Dalton Battles 6-3
Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. Fr.
BOYS Shawn Hooker (2nd year) 12-13 Record: 8-17 Outlook: The Diggers return three starter plus several others with game time experience that will make a difference in close games this season. Five seniors including Cody Arnold (10.2 ppg), Hunter Nixon (7.3ppg), Cade Fite (4.0ppg), Emanuel Mercado and Mikey Gauzdausky will be expected to provide leadership. Jonothon Fite (5.4ppg) will join the front line along with Dalton Battles. “Because of the returning players with playing time experience, I’m excited,” said coach Shawn Hooker. “The addition of our young kids to the lineup no doubt will make us competitive and turn some tough losses a year ago into wins this season.” G G F G F F P
Strong & Secure Athletes Tanner Brown - Antlers
Meagan Wilbourn - Antlers
Tanner Brown has just completed a very successful senior season on the football field where he finished 6th in the state in receiving yards, was the leading tackler on the Bearcats football team, as well as their top receiver. Tanner will now be taking his skills to the basketball court, where he is expected to excel as well. Tanner isn’t just an athlete, he is actively involved in many school and community activities. He is a member of FFA, BPA and the First Assembly of God church; while maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
When Meagan steps on the court this season she will be doing so with experience and dedication behind her. She is a 5’7” forward and has been on the Lady Bearcats varsity team for 4 years. She was named to the Red River Conference 2nd team as a sophomore. Meagan is also a 2 year letterman for the Lady Bearcats softball team. Meagan carries her dedication for excellence into the classroom as well. She currently has a 3.89 GPA and is ranked 3rd in her graduating class. She is a member of the Academic team, FCCLA, has served as a class officer each year, been selected Homecoming Attendant and has earned top Biology and Chemistry student awards. For her efforts on and off the playing field and court, Meagan is an excellent choice for Athlete of the Month
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Boys The Savages roster will again showcase the talents of VYPE Top 100 selection Tre Roberts. The 6-foot-0 senior guard averaged 13.6 points per game a year ago. He enters the season along with Kaleb Jones (11.3ppg) to give head coach
www.bbisd.org Ryan Woolsey confidence in the play of his guard court. “Tre and Kaleb are double trouble for our opponents,” said Woolsey, who enters his second season on the bench for the Savages. Then, you include Cole (McKinney) and Tyler (McKinney) and we’ve got a lot of options.” The quartet of senior guards will combine talents along with Daekwon Cubit to crash the boards when the ball goes up. “We play stingy man-to-man defense, said Woolsey. “The key for us will be directly tied to our ability to secure the rebound on either
Boys Coach: Ryan Woolsey (2nd year) 12-13 Record: 17-10
Tre Roberts Kaleb Jones Cole McKinney Daekwon Cubit Tyler McKinney
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Girls Coach: Dottie Slabaugh (6th year) 12-13 Record: 12-14
Terri Baker TeAnna Butler Jade Mitchell Makenzi Wright Kamil Gill
5-8 5-5 5-8 5-10 5-4
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end of the floor.” Girls After reaching the Area tournament finals last year, the Lady Savages have the pieces necessary to take the next step toward earning a Class 4A state tournament invite. The experience returning starters and supporting cast has head coach Dottie Slabaugh confident of what this team can accomplish. “We return a lot of experience including two starters,” notes Slabaugh. “As a group, our team is strong and athletic.” The top two scorers will again wear the black and gold as seniors Terri Baker (17.1ppg/2steals/3 reb/3asst) and TeAnna Butler (13.2ppg/3steals) top the list of proven performers. Three other seniors add to the skills including Jade Mitchell (5.0ppg/4reb), Makenzi Wright (8.0ppg/6reb) and Kamil Gill. “Our offensive output will be stronger than last season as our supporting cast is much improved providing added depth.”
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Leader of the Month Kaleb Jones – Broken Bow Kaleb Jones is a fixture on the basketball court for Broken Bow. He is a 4-year starter for the Savages. He has started his senior season off in a fantastic way. As a team the Savages are currently 5-0. They recently won the Choctaw Nation Tournament in Talihina. Individually Kaleb was named MVP of the tournament. He currently is averaging 51% from 3pt range. According to Coach Ryan Woolsey, “Kaleb is the leader of our team, he has the potential to not only hit shots from anywhere on the floor, but can put it on the floor and finish at the rim. He can fill up the scorebook…on any given night” Kaleb’s goals this year are to help lead his team to the State tournament. After high school Kaleb’s plans are to continue his basketball career in college.
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GIRLS Steve Bryant (1st year) 12-13 Record: 5-18 Outlook: After suffering through an injury filled season a year ago, the Lady Warriors return four starters and appear ready to make their opponents take notice as they make the change to Class 3A this year. Senior point guard Malieka Faulks, who averaged 16.3 points per game last year, will direct the efforts while 5-foot-10 junior Samantha Wolf will control the action off the boards. Tajania Harris, Shamyia Clement and Que Que Vann will be joined by LaKorean King, a move in from Mesquite, TX to give coach Steve Bryant high expectations. One other asset will be junior guard Kia Green. “We’re quick and athletic,” explained Bryant, referencing the style of play for Idabel. “We’ll use our pressure defense to force turnovers. Then, when the ball comes off the glass,
these girls can kick it out on the fast break and score in transition.” Malieka Faulks 5-8 Shamyia Clement 5-8 LaKorean King 5-10 Tajania Harris 5-9 Samantha Wolf 5-10 Que Que Vann 5-10 Kia Green 5-7
G F/P F/P F P F G
Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr.
BOYS Jay Forshee (19th year) 12-13 Record: 8-16 Outlook: Up-tempo and aggressive will define the Warriors style of play as four starters plus a roster filled with ability enters the 2013-2014 season. Ryan Scales (7.6ppg/2.3reb/1.3asst) and Gleondric “Boochie” Threat (5.9ppg/4.3reb/1.7asst) combine their talents at guard while Larentino Scales (5.9ppg/5.8reb) and Quashawn Clay (5.9ppg) create opportunities at forward. The tandem of Antonio
Boochie Threatt Idabel Zellars and K.J. Wells will handle play inside along with Garrett Butler. “Last year’s rookies are this year’s veterans,” said head coach Jay Forshee. “The extra year of experience and cohesiveness gives us a chance to be a good team. We’re going to take advantage of our quickness to score in transition.” Quashawn Clay 6-0 F Sr. Garrett Butler 6-3 P Sr. Devondra Sherman 5-10 G Sr. Ryan Scales 5-6 G Jr. Gleondric Threat 6-0 G Jr. Larentino Scales 6-0 F Jr. Antonio Zellars 6-2 P Jr.
Hugo Buffaloes Website: www.hugoschools.com
GIRLS Chris Scott (8th year) 12-13 Record: 19-9 Outlook: Basketball is exciting for the Lady Buffaloes who return all five starters from last season’s 19-9 campaign. A speedy trio of guards consistently forces turnovers and baskets in transition including the play of point guard Ray’Shionne Smith (11.3ppg/4.5asst), Sarah Simpson (9.2ppg/3.5reb) and Torrii Tarkington (8.1ppg/5.0reb/4asst). Athleticism is evident with the play of forwards Teila Fleeks (4.2ppg) and Beautiful Brown (5.1ppg/5.0reb). “Experience is a plus for us this year,” said head coach Chris Scott. “Our speed and athleticism gives us plenty of options including ball pressure end to end that results in scoring chances.” Sarah Simpson 5-6 Teila Fleeks 5-6 Megan Huffman 5-6 Ray’shionne Smith 5-5 Torrii Tarkington 5-6 Beautiful Brown 5-6
G F F PG G F
Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr.
BOYS Darnell Shanklin (26th year) 12-13 Record: 21-7 Outlook: The Buffaloes trip to last year’s Class 3A state tournament leaves this year’s team ready to complete unfinished business. Coach Darnell Shanklin’s squad returns two starters but will maintain the traditional style of play approach. “Nothing’s changed, up-tempo and next man up,” said Shanklin. “We’ll play catch up early due to football and go from there.” The Buffaloes lineup will again showcase the multi-talents of VYPE Top 100 Trey Johnson surrounded by seven other seniors that are determined to complete the job in 2013-2014. Joining the guard play will be Amaney Jackson, Nigel Smith Wilshon McAlester and Walter Pintado while the inside presence of forwards Jordan Stafford, Arkyl Brown and Jared Bailey will command play off the boards. “Our schedule is filled with the top teams from the larger classes. It’s an approach that has paid dividend for us when the
Trey Johnson Hugo playoffs roll around.”
Amaney Jackson 5-7 Trey Johnson 6-0 Jordan Stafford 6-5 Arkyl Brown 6-2 Nigel Smith 6-3 Jared Bailey 6-6 Walter Pintado 5-7 Wilson McAlester 5-8 Quinten Collins 6-0 Cameron Garza 6-1 Nick Jordan 5-11 Marquise Ford 6-0 Devin Holt 6-1 Tajah Adamson 6-0 Matthew Ayers 5-11
G G F F F F G G F F G G F G F
Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. So. So. So. So
Wright City Lumberjax Website: www.wcisd.org
GIRLS Mike Converse (2nd year) 12-13 Record: 17-9 Outlook: “We should be very competitive and I’m looking forward to seeing what this young group of girls can accomplish,” head coach Mike Converse said. Kandice Wesley (5-8, Jr.) plays both the guard and forward positions averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 steals a game. Sierra Tims (5-4, Jr.) is another guard capable of making things happen in the backcourt. Tims and Wesley are tough defensive players with tremendous upside. Brandy Bohanan (5-4) is only a sophomore, but could lead the team in scoring after averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 steals last year. Center Kelsee Trapp (6-0) is another sophomore the coaching staff is excited to have on the floor. Trapp averaged 4.0 rebounds as a freshman. Abbie Gibson (5-7, Jr.) should work her way into the starting lineup giving the Lady Jax two good forwards on the floor. Kandice Wesley 5-8 Sierra Tims 5-4 Brandy Bohanan 5-4 Kelsee Trapp 6-0 Abbie Gibson 5-7
G/F G G C F
of his career, but his focus is the team and getting his players more experience for later in the season. With no returning starts from a team that won 22 games, coach Dickerson knows his team has some maturing to do. “This is a rebuilding year. We have a lot of young players with no experience,” said Dickerson. Kendell Adams (6-0, Jr.) and Stephen Knox (5-10, Jr.) are the oldest players on the team. Sophomores Wade Young (6-0, F), Kendall Ward (6-3, C) and Brayden Christian (6-1, G) must step up and produce this season. Look for a 3-2 zone defense from Wright City as coach Dickerson will look to slow things down and force turnovers. Kendell Adams 6-0 Wade Young 6-0 Stephen Knox 5-10
G F F
Jr. So. Jr.
Joel Dickinson Wright City Kendall Ward 6-3 C Brayden Christian 6-1 G
Jr. Jr. So. So. Jr.
BOYS Joel Dickerson (15th year) 12-13 Record: 22-9 Outlook: Head coach Joel Dickerson may be chasing his 300th win
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Girls Coach: Christie Jennings (2nd year) 12-13 Record: 19-8 Girls The Lady Cougars will be a deep team this season according to head coach Christie Jennings. Heading up that deep roster will be senior forward and VYPE Top 100 selection Aaliyah Blakley (6-0). As a junior Blakely scored an average of 15.6 points while pulling down an average of 10.4 rebounds per game. Senior guard Sami Jewett (5-5) will also be a major part of the Lady Cougars offense this year after averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last year. Ada will also count on seniors Haley Dean (5-8) and Menee Thomsen (5-8) to provide some size and length on the perimeter. Rounding out the top rotation for the Lady Cougars will be senior guard Makeisha Black (5-6). “If we stay healthy and continue to improve, I think we can make a deep run in the playoffs,” coach Jennings said. Aaliyah Blakley Sami Jewett Haley Dean Menee Thomsen Markeisha Black
6-0 5-5 5-8 5-8 5-6
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Boys Coach: Ron Anderson (6th year) 12-13 Record: 18-11 Boys With three returning starters back from last year’s 18-11 team the Cougars are looking to make another big push in the playoffs this year. The team’s biggest offensive weapon this year will be junior forward and VYPE Top 100 selection Cory Kilby (6-7). Last season Kilby averaged 20.3 points and 10 rebounds per game, including a 35 point outburst at McAlester. Also returning to the starting lineup this year will be senior forward David Forbes (6-7) who averaged 4.9 points and 5.3 rebounds a game last year. Senior guard Walker Whitworth (5-11) will lead the way on the perimeter this year after pouring in 9.8 points per game a year ago. Other players that will be counted on to make a big impact this year will be senior Garrett Bacon (6-3), and juniors Tryce Prince (511) and Kobe Bellard (6-0). David Forbes 6-5 Walker Whitworth 5-11 Garrett Bacon 6-3 Cory Kilby 6-6 Coleman Crawford 6-1 Jimmy Wilkin 5-11 Tryce Prince 5-11
F G F F F G G
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Kobe Bellard 6-0 Osahwv Henderson 5-9 Jamal Henderson 5-7 Dayton Morgan 5-9
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Girls Coach: Casey Strahan (1st year)
12-13 Record: 3-20 Girls Lady Lions will have a new system and a lot of new faces in the debut campaign under the helm of Casey Strahan, who comes in after a couple years at Luther. Developing more experience for a youthladen squad will be critical, especially through the first half of the season. Junior Alexa Richards is expected to be the squad’s catalyst after starting most of last season. Defense is expected to be the team’s strength according to coach Strahan. Alexa Richards Rheagan Jones Kylie Manning Makayla Patton Ciera Taylor
Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr.
Boys Coach: Jason Wilkerson (3rd year) 12-13 Record: 9-14 Boys After taking major positive steps in the win column a year ago expectations are high for the Lions to make a push come playoff time this time around. Outstanding blend of returning talent is fueled by 6-foot-9 center James Donelan who led the state in blocked shots as a junior. Zac Cater is an athletic talent that can score from almost anywhere on the court. They are looking for even bigger contributions from Skye Lowe after emerging as the school’s first freshman starter in nearly two decades. Freshman Taylor Cox is another youthful talent that should make an impact. Zac Cater Will Engle James Donelan Skye Lowe Tyler Stovall Taylor Cox
Sr. Sr. Sr. So. So. Fr.
Madill Wildcats Girls Coach: Hugh Don Sweat (23rd year) 12-13 Record: 13-14
Girls It’s been a steady climb for the Lady Cats since winning just two games three seasons ago and a veteran core, including four returning starters, is expected to continue that upward trend. Senior Kaylen Sweat is a dynamic scorer on the perimeter averaging more than 18 points per game a season ago. Haley Furr (5-10 forward) has good size and makes for a solid inside compliment averaging nearly 12 points an outing as a junior. Kaylen Sweat 5-5 Haley Furr 5-10 Mikah Hartsfield 5-7 Brenna Green 5-7
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Joe Avery Samuel Bond Maleek Morris Colton Clement Ivan Martinez
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Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So.
Boys Coach: Aaron George (16th year) 12-13 Record: 19-9 Boys Tremendous core of returning experience for the Wildcats that will provide a strong inside game as well as transition scoring opportunities. Joe Avery leads the charge with 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds a contest along with Samuel Bond, who chips in 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Should be a strong one-two combination that will spur the Madill offensive charge. 6-4 6-4 5-10 5-9 5-6
Eagletown Eagles Website: www.eagletownisd.org
GIRLS Cody Carlisle (3rd year) 12-13 Record: 16-12 Outlook: Moving up from Class B to Class A hasn’t been a problem for the Lady Eagles. Eagletown returns four starters and has drawn some attention by being ranked in Class A’s top 20 in the early part of the season. The Lady Eagles have back a pair of double-digit scorers in sophomore Macie Taylor (15ppg/8reb) and senior Myra McKinney (12ppg/5stls). There’s also solid experience in the paint with senior Tanisha Vaughn (7ppg/9reb) and more senior leadership with guard Sierra Kirby. “We’re a team that returns four starters so I look for us to have another solid season and make a playoff run,” said Cody Carlisle, who enters his third season as head coach. Macie Taylor 5-8 Myra McKinney 5-6 Tanisha Vaughn 5-10
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bringing the high intensity play to the floor is Tymeica Royal (5-6, Sr.). The forward was an 8.0 point, 3.0 assist player last year and should have ample opportunities to increase those numbers. Mandy Steel (5-10, Jr.) crashed the boards for the Lady Lions grabbing 5.0 rebounds and scoring 6.0 points. Lakymbria Threadgill (5-7, So.) and Baylie Bray (5-6, So.) are two talented sophomores coach Griffin expects to see quality minutes this season.
Junior Griffin Sierra Kirby 5-7 Lakiyia Smith 5-9 Leila James 5-9 Caitlyn Stevenson 5-5
G G G G
Sr. So. Sr. Fr.
BOYS Cody Carlisle (1st year) 12-13 Record 6-18 Outlook: With just one senior back from last year, coach Cody Carlisle is hopeful that a talented and athletic group of underclassmen will be able to rise to the occasion. Senior forward Alex Frazier (14ppg/7reb) will be called upon to lead the charge for the Eagles. But he’ll have some help from a group of youngsters who all saw action as freshmen last year in Cole Mooney (8ppg/6reb), Takota London (8ppg/5stls), Jimmy Parks (3ppg), and Derek Jamison (6ppg). “We’re a very young basketball team with four sophomores in the starting lineup,” says Carlisle, who’s doing double-duty coaching both the boys and girls this season. “I still expect us to be able to contend this year and set the stage for a bright future regardless of what happens this season.” Alex Frazier Cole Mooney Takota London Jimmy Parks Derek Jamison Valentine Godt Matt McCoy
6-0 6-0 5-7 5-6 6-3 6-1 5-10
F F G G C F F
Sr. So. So. So. So. Jr. So.
GIRLS Burtchal Griffin (6th year) 12-13 Record: 5-19 Outlook: “We will play with a lot of high energy this season,” said head coach Burtchal Griffin. One player who always steps on the floor with plenty of energy is senior point guard Allyiah Rutherford. Rutherford averaged 11 points and 4.0 assists last season. Another player VYPEOK.COM
Allyiah Rutherford 5-6 Tymeica Royal 5-6 Mandy Steel 5-10 Lakymbria Threadgill 5-7 Baylie Bray 5-6
PG F C G G
Sr. Sr. Jr. So. So.
BOYS Burtchal Griffin (6th year) 12-13 Record: 28-6 Outlook: With four returning starters from a team that won 28 games last year, the Lions have the look of a Class 2A contender. Junior Griffin (6-2, Sr.) averaged 16 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals last year. Griffin was named to the VYPE Top 100 this season and is expected to be one of Class 2A’s top players. Teammate Isaiah Deffern (5-10, Sr.) and James Pollard are two players coach Griffin is looking to for solid play on both ends of the floor. Oscar Riveria (6-0, Jr.) was named to the preseason All-VYPE Team after his 16 points and 3.0 assists last year. The third senior in the lineup is guard Hyden Grimes (6-1) who averaged 13 points and 4.0 rebounds a year ago. The trio of Griffin, Riveria and Grimes will be tough to stop this season. Finding consistent play in the paint will be the focus early. Look for a tournament run from the Lions this season. Junior Griffin 6-2 Isaiah Deffern 5-10 Oscar Riveria 6-0 Hyden Grimes 6-1 James Pollard
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GIRLS Casey Butcher (4th year) 12-13 Record: 26-4 Outlook: With four starters plus an experienced bench filled with players, there’s no surprise that the Lady Eagles open the season ranked number two in Class B basketball seeking another trip to the state tournament. VYPE Top 100 selection Baylee Evans (16.7ppg) will join Myranda Rowland (10.1ppg), Paige Campagna (6.5ppg) and Brittany Ward (8.9ppg) in the lineup along with Rainey Mauzey (7.6ppg). The defensive minded
attack consistently forces opponents turnover creating scoring chance in an up-tempo style of play. “These girls are exciting to watch play,” smiled head coach Casey Butcher. “They simply refuse to lose. Our team chemistry and competitive defensive approach gives us another solid team top to bottom. Our goal is to out work everybody else.” Baylee Evans 5-5 Myranda Rowland 5-9 Tara Dill 5-9 Paige Campagna 5-4 Bailee Davis 5-4 Savanna Lovell 5-3 Heather Edington 5-5 Rainey Mauzey 5-10 Brittany Ward 5-6 Shay Paul 5-10 Kristina Sherrill 5-4 Kalyn Grogan 5-5 Shay Stacey 5-6
PG F F G G G G C G/PG G/F G G C
Sr. Sr. Sr Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. So. So. So. Fr. Fr.
Bryce Deatherage 5-10 Justin Moody 5-11 Tyler Parks 5-9 Dillon Humphrey 5-11 Garrett Noah 5-10 Colt Browne 6-0 Chase Butcher 6-1 Dewayne Grogan 6-2 Lane Grogan 6-0 Jace Blaylock 5-8 Anthony Loyd 5-11 Corbin Matlock 5-8 Cody Muncy 6-0 Chaise Noah 5-10 Brendan Patten 5-8
G F G G G G G F G G G G F G G
Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. So. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.
BOYS Trey Booth (11th year) 12-13 Record: 27-5 Outlook: The Eagles appear ready to return to the “Big House” after a 27win season that ended in the Class B semi-finals last season. The “dynamic duo” of Tyler Parks (16.4ppg) and Bryce Deatherage (8.2ppg/7.0asst) energize a lineup that presents opponents plenty of challenges on both ends of the court. Colt Browne (6.0ppg) and Jace Blaylock complete a four guard offense while the workhorse on the blocks DeWayne Grogan (4.3ppg) and Cody Muncy battle on the boards. “Our approach is to out work everyone we play,” said head coach Trey Booth. “Tyler is an explosive scorer while Bryce is my coach on the floor. With the development of our younger players and aggressive defense, we’ll be a solid team.”
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plus a talented group of sophomores, we have the depth off the bench to have another successful year. The way we play defense and get physical on the boards makes our offense even better.”
Alan Lockhart GIRLS Will Seymour (1st year) 12-13 Record: N/A Outlook: Three starters return to the hardwood for coach Will Seymour, who makes the move from Graham-Weleetka. Keisha Brown (10.1ppg), Amber Robinson (8.5ppg/4.5reb) and Malacha Austin will lead the rotation of players. Emily Emmert will be joined by Jayla Johnson and Shea James to give the Lady Golden Tigers depth in the post position while incoming freshman Mariah Crank will add to the perimeter play at guard. Speed and defensive pressure are two of our strong suits,” said Seymour. “Keisha has the talent to attack off the dribble as well as score from the outside while Amber’s aggressive nature in the blocks results in solid rebounding and scoring while Malacha has a sharpshooter’s accuracy from 3-point range.” Keisha Brown 5-5 Amber Robinson 5-10 Malacha Austin 5-5 Mariah Crank 5-6 Emily Emmert 5-7 Jayla Johnson 6-1 Shea James 5-9 Ashlen Mize 5-5 Cassidy Ramsey 5-6 Mariam McCurtain 5-6 Kortney Shoemaker 5-10
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BOYS Darian Dickson (2nd year) 12-13 Record: 19-9 Outlook: The Golden Tigers pick up right where they left off a year ago coming off a Class 2A state tournament appearance with four starters back in the lineup. VYPE Top 100 selection Alan Lockhart (17.7ppg/8.5reb/3.5asst) is just one of coach Darian Dickson’s scoring threats. Logan Hildebrand (9.2ppg/5.2reb) joins Ethan Sisk (5.6ppg/3.3 reb/1.8asst) along with Christian McClain (4.3ppg/4.3reb) and Bryar Humphreys (2.0ppg) to keep pressure on opposing defenses. “We’ve got a solid nucleus of players coming back that know how to win,” said Dickson. “With the addition of 6-foot senior Preston Derby and 6-foot-6 freshman Jacob Sockey
Ethan Sisk 5-10 Alan Lockhart 6-4 Logan Hildebrand 6-3 Christian McClain 5-10 Bryar Humphreys 5-11 Preston Derby 6-0 Jacob Sockey 6-6 Keaton Jackson 6-1 Trey Hawkins 6-3 K.J. Morris 6-3 Cord Fitzgerald 5-10
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GIRLS David Durbin (1st year) 12-13 Record: N/A Outlook: Kelsey Chambers (5-5, Sr.) returns at the guard position to lead the Lady Tigers. Chambers will have help from fellow senior Hunter Henderson (5-3). Finding scorers is top priority for head coach David Durbin. Forward Jayden Eaves (5-6, Jr.) could be the answer. If Eaves can find her range and hit open shots, the Lady Tigers will have a chance to be competitive. Also look for Carissa Moore (5-11, Jr.) and Tess Hardman (5-7, Jr.) to step into the starting lineup and make a difference this year. Kelsey Chambers 5-5 Jayden Eaves 5-6 Carissa Moore 5-11 Tess Hardman 5-7 Hunter Henderson 5-3
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BOYS James Powell (8th year) 12-13 Record: 16-11 Outlook: “I really like the group we have. We have high expectations. Barring injuries we should meet our expectations,” said head coach James Powell. One player ready to take the floor and chase the gold ball is Garrette Wall (6-1, Jr.) The forward averaged 13 points and 8.0 rebounds a game last year. Jody Moreland (5-10, Sr.) accounted for 9.2 points a game and Wyatt Daniel (6-2, Jr.) scored 6.8 points and grabbed 6.9 rebounds per contest. Issac Cooper (6-0, Sr.) and Sam Ward (6-1, Sr.) are two guards the Tigers are excited to see develop. Look for Cooper to make a name for himself this season. Garrette Wall Jody Moreland Wyatt Daniel Issac Cooper Sam Ward
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GIRLS Patrick Nix (1st season) 12-13 Record: 10-14 Outlook: First-year head coach Patrick Nix returns two starters and several players with varsity experience as the team looks to improve on last year’s 10-win season. Kelsey Williams, a 5-foot-3 senior, will run the offense from her point guard spot. Junior Hollyn Newsome also returns to the backcourt. Freshman Lexi Hankins will also figure into the backcourt mix. In the frontcourt, returnees include juniors Baylee Wooten at center and Chaydee Lawless and Emilee Jamerson at forward. Sophomore Lizzy Mussett also will see action at forward. “We should be a very competitive team that will rely on defense and ball pressure,” Nix said. “We will not be flashy but we will be effective.” Kelsey Williams 5-3 Baylee Wooten 5-10 Chaydee Lawless 5-9 Hollyn Newsome 5-5 Lizzy Mussett 5-6 Emilee Jamerson 5-6 Lexi Hankins 5-2
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John Jones 6-3 Tamarick Hankins 6-0 Luke Weeks 5-9 Javante Alexander 6-1 Dylan Payne 5-10
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BOYS David McDonald (1st year) 12-13 Record: 5-18 Outlook: First-year head coach David McDonald will rely heavily on his lone returning starter, John Jones, a 6-foot-3 senior center who averaged 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds last season. Tamarick Hankins is the only other player with varsity experience. The 6-0 point guard scored eight points a game last season. “We don’t’ return a lot of experience,” McDonald said. “A .500 record is probably a great year. We hope our defense will keep us in game. We will lean on John Jones heavily.”
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Leah Young - Wright City Leah Young, mom to Wright City sophomore Wade Young, is our choice for Mom of the Month. Leah is involved in many different areas at Wright City School. Not only does she keep the scorebooks for the baseball and basketball teams, in which her son Wade is an integral part of; she also helps out the girl’s basketball team by keeping their books as well. When not on the sideline or dugout you can often find her volunteering in the concession stand. She is always willing to help
out the school in anyway possible. Leah, a Wright City graduate herself, takes great pride in the fact that her kids are Wright City Lumberjax as well. “I am very proud of Wade and all his accomplishments and just love watching him compete”, says Leah. For all that she does for the Lumberjax sport’s teams and school Leah is an excellent choice for Mom of the Month.