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Bank SNB Scholar Athlete of the Year Lauren Wilson-McGeough Chickasha High School Lauren Wilson-McGeough is the SNB Scholar Athlete of the Year selection. A recent graduate of Chickasha High School, she was a previous nominee featured in the VYPE Southwest Oklahoma Football Preview. “It’s an honor to be chosen for the Bank SNB Scholar Athlete,” said Lauren, “because VYPE magazine covers a large portion of the state. The fact that I was up against such great athletes is awesome.” The valedictorian selection was a member of the Chickasha pom squad, class president, yearbook photographer and baseball manager. She also studies dance with Top Hat Talent. Lauren’s college plans include the University of Oklahoma, where she plans to major in either broadcasting or meteorology to pursue her interests in sports and severe weather. She is already a President’s Leadership Class selection and plans to participate in sorority recruitment.
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Tristin Watkins is a fastpitch softball player for the Chickasha Lady Chicks. An athletic middle infielder, Watkins is also dangerous with a bat in her hands. A member of the Chickasha archery team, Watkins helped the Lady Chicks win a state title in March. What is your favorite sport and why is it your favorite? Softball is my favorite sport. In softball you have to work together as a team but there are also times that you have to work for yourself. Softball is a great sport to play and to watch, I have played ever since I was four. Who are your role models in life and in sports? Why do you look up to them? My Papa is my biggest role model in life, he is the nicest person, and would do anything for anyone. He is an all around great guy. What is your favorite memory from a game/tournament? My favorite memory is being a part of a state winning archery team. What has sports and participating in team sports taught you about yourself and
about life? Team sports have taught me that I can’t be an individual player. In life I have to let other people help me because some things I can’t handle by myself. What are your future goals for college and beyond? My goal is to get a scholarship for archery and become a dental hygentist. What would be your ultimate ESPN highlight? My highlight would be shooting a 286 in Sherman, Texas and getting first out of the high school girls. What is your favorite TV show/channel? Hawaii Five-O What is your favorite movie? The Wizard of Oz
Who is your favorite sports figure? Jim Thorpe Who is your favorite sports team? Boston Red Sox Who is your favorite Super Hero? Iron man What is your favorite food? Seafood
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Lawton Ike Golf Individual performances highlight spring sports accomplishments at the three Lawton schools. Lawton Mac’s Trent Meisel finished second in the 5A golf tournament while Korie Robinson picked up a pair of gold medals in the 100 meter dash and the 4x200 relay team for the Highlanders. Here is a look at some of the top performances this spring. LAWTON WOLVERINES
BASEBALL The Wolverine baseball team saw its season come to a close in the 6A regional tournament with a 5-4 loss to Mustang. The team got off to a slow start in 2014 but by mid-season had put together a nice little win streak. It started with a 3-2 win over Mustang in district play and was followed by victories over crosstown rival Eisenhower and Cache. After a 6-2 loss to Southmoore on April 15, the Wolverines went on a six-game win streak.
SOCCER Both the boys and girls soccer teams saw their seasons end prior to the playoffs. The girls team, under head coach Jason Buschman, finished the year 7-8 and put together a couple of two-match win streaks before dropping their final four matches. The boy’s squad started strong, winning three of their first six games but they did not crack the win column again. TRACK The boy’s team finished 21st overall in the team standings. The 4x100 relay team placed sixth with a time of 4.283.
with a 292. In the final round, Roberts was 1-over-par through the first 13 holes on his way to 79. “Bentley played better than what his score showed on both days,” coach Maurice Mayfield told the Lawton Constitution. “Each round he had one or two holds that killed him. (Mikey) played really well. I thought for a minute there he’d be able to get in the 73 or 74 range. He had some trouble on the back, but he hung in there and made pars late in the day to keep it under 80.”
TRACK Anthony Poindexter registered a 50.34 to finish fifth in the 400 meter run in the 6A boys state meet. In girl’s action, Lawton Ike finished fourth in the team standings with 47 points. Lauren Means placed sixth in the 100 meter dash in 12.65. Teammate Courtney Labe was fourth in the 200 dash with a time of 25.52. Kiarra Jones picked up a second place finish in the 300 hurdles (45.11) and placed third in the 100 hurdles (15.05). Courtney Petterson placed fifth in the discus with a toss of 123-5 feet. The 4x400 relay squad placed second with a time of 4:01.62 while the 4x100 relay team took fifth with a time of 48.62. LAWTON MACARTHUR HIGHLANDERS
round 72 with a 70 and 74 to finish second individually in the Class 5A championships at Fort Sill Golf Course. The junior was the only Lawton Mac golfer to medal. Will Collins shot a 250 followed by Stacey Copnelious (256), Jacob Watts (289) and Louis Jackson (363). “Even par is always a good score to walk out of a tournament with. I gave it my best effort. If you tie the course, but someone else beats the course and you along with it, there’s not much you can do,” Meisel told the Lawton Constitution. Bayleigh Johnson improved her opening round 88 score with an 82 to finish with a 170, sixth overall in the girl’s state tournament at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club. Hannah Valdez shot a 190 with Sara Youngblood and Jordyn Alexander carding scores of 206 and 242, respectively.
TRACK Korie Robinson won the 100 meter dash and anchored the 4x200 relay team, giving the Highlanders a fifth place finish at the 5A state meet. Robinson “Everyone is always looking forward to the 100 and wondering who the fastest guy is going to be. It feels good to know that it’s me,” Robinson told the Lawton Constitution. Robinson, who has signed a football scholarship with NEO, is a four-time state placer in the 100, finishing fourth as a freshman, sixth as a sophomore and third last year. On opening day of the two-day event, Robinson joined Lorenzo West, Gary McKnight and Jacques Henderson to set a state record in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:27.16. In girl’s action, the Lady Highlanders placed fourth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 49.88 and sixth in the 4x200 with a time of 1:46.79. SOCCER The Mac boys finished 5-5 on the season including a 3-4 mark in District 5A-2 that saw them miss the playoffs. Meanwhile the girls team was 8-6 overall with a 4-3 record in district play. The Lady Highlanders dropped a 3-0 decision to Carl Albert in the opening round of the state tournament.
GOLF Junior Trent Meisel followed up his opening
GOLF The boy’s golf team’s three-round total of 1,060 strokes gave the Eagles 12th overall in the 6A state championships at Karsten Creek. Bentley Bross and Mikey Roberts each carded 250 totals to lead the Eagles. Bross opened with an 81 followed by an 86 and 83. Roberts fired an 84 in the opening round, an 87 in the second round and a 79 in the final round. Derek Wise was next with a 278 followed by Billy Nevins with a 285 and Connor Bridges 8
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Elgin uses Strong Pitching and Defense to Advance to the Class 4A State Tournament where they would once again meet Cache. The Owls stubbed their toe in the rematch with Bulldogs losing 2-0 to force another game with the winner advancing to the state tournament. With their season on the line the Owls rallied and once again beat the Bulldogs in the if-necessary game, this time by a score of 4-1.
Led by seniors Cale Jung and Zane Rulon and junior Brett Lorah, who was the teamâ€™s ace on the mound, the Elgin Owls baseball team navigated their way through a tumultuous schedule and finished the year with a 25-14 overall record after losing to eventual Class 4A state champion Dewey in the first round of the state tournament. Other key players in the Owls run to the state tournament were center fielder Cooper Wilson and pitcher Jozef Barringer. Both Wilson and Barringer were juniors this season along with Lorah. The year started off a little rocky for the Owls who went 3-4 through their first seven games of the year. The young Elgin team was unphased however and rebounded by winning eight of their next ten games to push their record
to 11-6 midway through the season. During that 10-game stretch the Owls picked up wins over Tuttle who was at the time the No 1 team in 4A along with big wins over Durant, Chickasha and Ft. Cobb-Broxton.
While the Owls may have come up a little short of gold this season fans of the Owls already have visions of 2015 state championship trophies dancing in their heads. And with nearly everyone set to come back next spring, who can really blame them? Cale Yung, Austin Bartosovsky, and Trent Powell, who were huge contributors this year, all return in 2015.
Later in the year Elgin would also lodge wins over ranked teams like Kingfisher, Rush Springs, Hennessey, Verden and Marlow eventually finishing the regular season with a record of 20-12.
At the District Tournament the Owls made short work of Bridge Creek beating the Bobcats 19-1 in game one of the tournament and 21-2 in the second. At the regional tournament the Owls started things off with a 3-2 win over Blanchard then moved on to beat Cache 7-3 to advance to the regional finals
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going ‘balls to the wall’ in everything she does has made a statement with the USAO softball team.”
USAO, which competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the alwaystough Sooner Athletic Conference, is the state’s only public liberal arts college. The university enrolls nearly 150 student-athletes each academic year — athletes who excel just like Landmark.
As one of USAO’s starting pitchers as a true freshman, Landmark Tate Landmark pitches for USAO earlier this has secured seven wins, season in a home game against Langston which is in the Top 50 in University. (Jessica Jackson/USAO) the NAIA. Additionally, she’s thrown eight Tate Landmark already has made complete games and leads the a statement in Chickasha as a true Drovers in strikeouts with 47. freshman with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s But Landmark isn’t just powerful softball team. in the circle — she is a driving force at the plate as well. As one of the “Tate is a special individual with a Drovers’ five players to start in every work ethic that will take her above single game this year, Landmark and beyond expectations,” USAO has a batting average of .347 and Head Coach Jadyn Wallis said. “Her leads the team in hits with 34 on the natural ball savvy, her drive and
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She’s claimed 17 runs and 19 runs batted in, both of which are second on the squad. Further, she is one of four Drovers to hit two home runs on the season and has stolen eight bases so far for USAO. Landmark decided to attend USAO because she loved the campus, the team and the coaches and because of the university’s proximity to her hometown of Lawton.
“It’s amazing to get the opportunity to play softball at the next level,” Landmark said. “My first season going really well. I like it, and I’m having fun.”
At Cache High School, the pitcher was named All-State and All-District. She helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to become Slow Pitch State Champions in 2012. Additionally, Cache earned State Runner Up in fast pitch in 2010 and State Semifinalists in 2012. The Drovers, who aim to finish off the season strong, look forward to three more years of Landmark’s aggressive pitching and outstanding performances at the plate.
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BASEBALL Weatherford, coached by Todd Gaunt, saw its season come to an end after a 5-2 loss to Bethany in the Class 4A regional tournament. The Eagles entered the playoffs ranked No. 2 and finished the year with a 30-6 record. GOLF Quade Cummins shot opening day rounds of 71 and 67 to enter the final round of competition in second place with a 138, one shot back of leader Cody Shore of Poteau. His final round score of 75 at Lake Hefner Golf Club in Oklahoma City gave him third overall in the Class 4A state tournament. As a team, Weatherford improved with each round, shooting 338, 330 and 322 to finish 10th overall with 990. Ryan Stark followed Cummins with a 237. Ryan Kincanon was next with a 269 followed by Jaxon Thomas with a 271 and Logan Walker with a 309. SOCCER GIRLS The Lady Eagles finished 3-2 in The Lady Eagles finished 3-2 in District 4A-1 to earn a spot in the Class 4A state tournament. Weatherford opened tournament play with a
3-2 victory over Classen SAS in the play-in round, then defeated Chickasha 2-1. Next round came with a 1-0 win over Clinton to set up a semifinal match with Glenpool. The Lady Eagles found themselves outmatched in a 4-0 shutout loss. Coach Carlos Lopez’ squad finished the year 13-4. BOYS A 1-0 loss in the first round of the playoffs to eventual state runner-up Southeast ended the Eagles season at 7-6. The team battled to a threeway tie in District 4A-1 along with Clinton and Woodward, which also finished with 3-1 district records. TENNIS GIRLS No. 1 singles player Jonna Vanderslice-Malone was the only member of the girls team to qualify for state. The senior All-State selection reached the No. 1 singles
Girls Soccer championship before falling in three sets to Ada’s Taylor Wood, 6-3, 0-6,6-3. She opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Tecumseh’s Ashlee Birchell followed by a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Brookyn Reed of Elk City. Next came a 7-6, 6-0 win over Alyssa Hall of Perry in the semifinals. TRACK Both the boys and girls track teams had just one athlete place in the Class 4A meet in Moore.
Makynna Koper scored the girls’ only points with a sixth place finish in the 800 run. Her time was 2:24.03.
For the boys, Dylan Haworth finished third in the discus with a toss of 149-10.
Gatlin Loken Weatherford Eagles senior track and field athlete Gatlin Loken is the Weatherford Male Academic Athlete of the Month. Loken was also a member of the Weatherford cross country team in the fall and a member of the swim team in the winter.
Outside of athletics Loken is also on a fast track in the classroom. The senior carries a 3.75 grade point average and takes advanced placement classes in English, History and Physics. Loken is also an avid guitar player and likes to focus on that when he isnâ€™t running or studying.
For his dedication not only to excellence in athletics but also in the classroom Gatlin Loken is the Weatherford Male Academic Athlete of the Month.
Brianna Sims Weatherford Lady Eagles golfer Brianna Sims is the Weatherford Female Academic Athlete of the Month. Along with being a member of the Lady Eagles varsity golf team Sims is also piling up birdies in the classroom.
Sims carries an official grade point average of 3.94 and challenged herself with a very tough course load this year that included Pre-AP English III, Spanish III, AP U.S. History, Honors Trigonometry, Pre Calculus and Chemistry II. Sims added that her favorite class is English because she enjoys reading and writing. After high school Sims said she plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and majoring in Professional Writing and Journalism.
Character is a combination of qualities that distinguishes one person or group from another. VYPE celebrates achievements of local high school athletes by presenting the monthly “Character Counts Award.”
Jonna Vanderslice Weatherford High School
Weatherford senior Jonna Vanderslice is the Weatherford Female Character Counts Athlete of the Month. A four-sport athlete at Weatherford Vanderslice stars in both fastpitch and slow-pitch softball for the Lady Eagles as well as basketball and tennis. In her time as a Lady Eagle Vanderslice has been to the state tournament three times for basketball and three times for tennis as well as being named to the fastpitch All-State team. Outside of athletics Vanderslice is the president of the Weatherford High School National Honor Society, is a black belt in Karate and a member of FCA. Vanderslice is also vice president of the senior class and the president of Weatherford’s Too Much to Lose club,
which promotes staying drug and alcohol free. For the last two years Vanderslice has also organized Operation Christmas Trials through NHS where students at Weatherford help fill shoeboxes for less fortunate children during the holiday season. The shoeboxes are filled with not only toys but also items of basic necessity. After high school Vanderslice plans to go to Oklahoma University and major in PreMed. Vanderslice said she hopes to eventually go into Orthopedics so that she can help others.
CJ Davis Weatherford High School
Weatherford senior CJ Davis is the Weatherford Male Character Counts Athlete of the Month. Davis began his athletic year on the gridiron this fall where he played both wide receiver and defensive back for the Eagles. In the winter Davis turned his attention to the basketball court where he shined as a point guard, and finally this spring Davis has played centerfield for the Eagles baseball team.
Outside of athletics Davis is also a member of FCA and Student Council. In the classroom Davis is also a solid student carrying a 3.2 grade point average. After high school Davis plans to go to college and later become a coach.
Clinton Female Athletes Have Success In the Spring
Clinton Girls Golf Takes Bronze Honors
Led by senior Paige Neidy the Clinton Lady Reds golf team finished third in the overall team standings at the Class 4A state tournament held at the Lake Girls Golf Hefner South Course. The Lady Reds finished with a total team score of 702, just four strokes behind team champion Hilldale and one stroke behind second place finisher Ft. Gibson. Neidy finished in third place overall with a two-day total of 158. The finish came after the senior shot a 74 in the first round to lead the entire field going into day two. Neidy faultered just slightly on the second day of the tournament however and when the dust settled the senior found herself in third place overall after carding an 84 on the final 18 holes of the tournament. Neidy wasn’t the only Lady Reds golfer to place highly however. Ashlynn Smith and Kelsi Rose also both placed in the top 20 golfers at state with Smith finishing
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15th overall and Rose placing 19th. Smith finished with a two-day total of 179 after carding a 89 on day one and a 90 on day two. Rose meanwhile was the only Lady Reds golfer to improve her score from day one to day two with a 92 over the first 18 holes and an 88 in round two. Smith said she was happy about how she and the rest of the team played at state.
“I feel like we played good we shot our best round of the year after day one so that was a big accomplishment,” Smith said. Also competing at state for the Lady Reds were Reiana Reeves and Elly Martin. Reeves finished in 25th place overall after scoring an 86 on day one and a 99 on day two. Martin alos shot a 99 on day two and coupled that with another 99 on day one to finish 39th overall with a two-day total of 198.
Lady Reds Track Team Brings Home Two Medals Sophomore Kayla Williams won two sixth place medals at the Class 4A state track meet in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Williams ran the 100 in 12.68 seconds and the 200 in 26.23 seconds. Williams’ performances at state came after she finished second and third respectively in the two events at the Cache regional.
Sophomore Kaylee Oyler and junior Kayla Reynolds also competed at the state meet for the Lady Reds but did not medal. Oyler competed in the 800-meter run and finished seventh while Reynolds tied for 12th in the high jump.
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CV Tech names Alex senior as its 2014 Foundation Student of the Year and time management skills daily, remains dedicated to her studies, and sets an example for other students in the classroom.” While at CV Tech, she has obtained her CNA certification and Home Health Aid license. Her future plans include attending college at the University of Central Pictured, from left, are Pat Brooks, CV Tech Foundation Oklahoma, majoring in nursing. Board treasurer, and this year’s CV Tech Foundation Ultimately, she plans on continuing Student of the Year (right), Tessa Langford. her education to become a nurse practitioner. Tess Langford, a Health Careers student More than 35 other students were and senior at Alex High School, was named also recognized for their outstanding Foundation Student of the Year for the achievements this year. 2013-14 school year at Canadian Valley Program Students of the Year Technology Center’s graduation ceremony were: May 8. • Nicole Crow, Chickasha HS, Early Care After being selected as the Health and Education Careers Student of the year, Langford • Alanah Barlow, adult, Graphic Design then completed an interview with the • Hector Rueda, adult, Automotive Service selection committee. She was selected Technology out of 13 program Students of the Year winners. Pat Brooks, CV Tech Foundation • Grant Trammell, Chickasha High School, Board treasurer and member of the Computer Aided Drafting and Design selection committee, announced Langford • Brant Sweat, adult, Business Office as the honoree at the graduation Technology ceremony. Brooks spoke of Langford’s • Brandon M. Anderson, adult, Computer accomplishments at CV Tech and Alex Information Systems High School, as well as her plans for the • Micah Trabert-Moore, Chickasha HS, future. She received a $1,000 scholarship Service Careers from the Foundation, along with a plaque. • Cody Riley, Am-Po HS, Auto Body As a second-year student in the Health Technology Careers program, Langford demonstrated • Brendan Clark, homeschooled, Precision leadership both inside and out of the Machining Technology classroom. She maintained high grades, and was named to the National Honor • Kaitlyn Souders, Am-Po HS, Interactive Society and the National Technical Honor Media and Web Technology Society. She was also HOSA president, an • Allen Gonzalez, adult, Welding FFA officer and captain of the basketball • Tessa Langford, Alex HS, Health Careers team. • Seth Weyhrich, adult, Heating, Health Careers instructor Sarah Ventilation, Air Conditioning and McDaniel gave glowing remarks in her Refrigeration recommendation of Langford. “Tessa not • Melissa Charlson, adult, Practical only completes her own curriculum on Nursing time, but she takes the time to help others as well. She demonstrates organizational • Taylor Holsey, adult, Surgical Technology
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Outstanding Achievement awards went to: • Auto Body Technology: Ethan Draper (AM), Tuttle HS, and Blake Grissam (PM), adult • Auto Service Technology: Hector Rueda (AM), adult, and Glenn Garten (PM), Chickasha HS • Business Office Technology: Maureen Ramirez (AM), adult, and Amanda DeLong (PM), adult • Computer Aided Drafting & Design: Eddie Anderson (AM), Tuttle HS, and Grant Trammell (PM), Chickasha HS • Computer Information Systems: Stalder Talley, homeschooled (AM), and Thomas J. Noonan (PM), adult • Early Care & Education: Heather McCoy (AM), Alex HS, and Brittany Jordan (PM), Rush Springs HS • Graphic Design: LeeAnna White (AM), Tuttle HS, and Austin Patterson (PM), Verden HS • Health Careers: Hunter Want (AM), Ninnekah HS, and Caleb Williams (PM), Rush Springs HS • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration: Jacob Goyne (AM), Alex HS, and David Richie (PM), adult • Interactive Media & Web Technology: Thea Danser (AM), homeschooled, and Kaitlyn Souders (PM), Am-Po HS • Precision Machining: Trevor Burnes (AM), adult, and Clancy Mitchell (PM), homeschooled • Service Careers: Victoria Johnson (AM), Alex HS, and Gavin Watson (PM), Tuttle HS • Surgical Technology: Adam Ferris (AM), adult, and Toni Loyd (PM), adult • Welding: Kaylie Richmond(AM), adult, and Allen Gonzalez (PM), adult
EXCELLING ON THE COURT WHILE PREPARING FOR A CAREER “CV Tech is preparing me for a career that pays well and will help me work my way through college. My tech center and college educations will help me get to where I want to be in the future!”
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Chickasha Girls Soccer Team Wins District Title, Shows Bright Future Ahead
The Chickasha Lady Chicks soccer team has made it to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A playoffs each of the last three years under head coach Bethany Goble. This season however the Lady Chicks dropped down to the 4A ranks and claimed the District 4A-2 title with an undefeated 6-0 record in district play. The ending to the team’s season was somewhat disappointing however as the Lady Chicks ran into Weatherford in the first round of the playoffs and lost 2-1. Weatherford would then go on to advance all the way to the semifinals before losing to Glenpool. Overall the Lady Chicks would finish the season with a 10-3 overall record. “The last three years we have made the quarterfinals in 5A. This year dropping to 4A our girls kind of got a taste of what that was like and we had a great year. We swept our district and unfortunately just stumbled a little in the first round of the playoffs,” Goble said. “Our 18
program just continues to grow day after day.” The Lady Chicks were led this year by several outstanding players including All-State selections Shorty Clift and Alyssa Willets. Other key factors in the Lady Chicks outstanding season were juniors Kayla Branch, Tara Arnold and Ashley Owens. Sophomores Taylor Lessig and Lucia Avilia also stepped into key roles this year for the Lady Chicks. Branch and Arnold were also selected as the team’s Most Valuable Players following the season according to Goble. Looking forward to next year the Lady Chicks will need to replace six seniors, something that Goble said isn’t unusual for the Lady Chicks. “It is tough but every year we lose five to ten seniors. Even though it’s tough to replace those kids we always have girls who step up into those leadership roles,” Goble said. And when it comes to getting ready for next year Goble said
that offseason work has already begun for the Lady Chicks. “Offseason has already started for us. I do Summer Pride workouts with the girls and we will also try to go to a couple team camps including one at Oklahoma Wesleyan and our team camp that we host,” Goble said. “I really just try to stress fitness during the summer and offseason though because I tell the girls every year that if they are the team that is fresh and not worn out in the last five minutes of a game we will have great chances to win close games.” One thing is sure though the Chickasha Lady Chicks soccer program is quickly rising to the level of other programs throughout the state that are continuous mainstays in the state playoffs and that doesn’t look likely to change as long as Goble is calling the shots.
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Chickasha Multi-Sport Star is Athlete of the Month
Whether he’s drawing back a bow or hitting a line drive, one thing is for sure—Derek Sullivan is this issue’s Chickasha Athlete of the Month. The twosport senior in archery and baseball plays short stop for his regional runner-up Fighting Chicks. On the field, his batting average is .434 with an on-base percentage of .520. His stats in the classroom are equally impressive, with a 3.87 GPA and advanced classes in Honors Trig, AP US Government, Honors Chemistry, AP World History, Honors Geometry and Honors Physiology. Outside of the classroom, Derek likes to
hunt, fish and participate in tournament paintball. His graduation plans include attending the University of Central Oklahoma and majoring in engineering.
The boys track team etched their names into the Anadarko history books by winning the 2014 Class 4A State Track meet.
On the backs of seniors Devin Whitewolf and Dakota Kappelle the Anadarko Warriors brought home a state title during the Class 4A track meet held at Moore High School. Running the 800, 1600 and 3200 meters, Whitewolf knew he could really make a difference for the team and possibly win one of the three events. “I felt very confident in myself before all my races. I have the best coaches and the workouts they had me doing, I was sure to do good at state,” Whitewolf said. Placing 2nd in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:30.75 was a big confidence booster for him and the team. Earlier in the 800 meters Whitewolf and teammate Spencer Dearman would add two top eight finishes with Whitewolf placing third and Dearman coming in eighth. “It felt really awesome to be the first one to win it in the history of Anadarko track. We went undefeated in the 2-mile relay all season so we knew we were going to do great, but we had no idea we were going to run 8:00
and our mile relay boys wanted to win it so they ran their hardest,” Whitewolf said. Kappelle helped the Warriors take the points lead when he won the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.20. Leading up to the event Kappelle felt good about his chances. “I felt very prepared because of all the hard work I put in leading up to state. Surprisingly, I wasn’t nervous at all because I had gotten use to my team and coaches depending on me to point in both the hurdles at all of the track meets this year,” Kappelle said. Kappelle did what he was expected to do and helped the team to a state title. “It means the world to us, especially to us seniors, because we have been working for that title our whole high school track career. It also means a lot because over time you form a one-of-a-kind bond with your coaches and to be able to win them the first track state championship in school history is pretty amazing,”
Kappelle said. The relay teams were stellar winning the 4x400 at 3:25.39 ahead of Plainview and Ft. Gibson and winning the 4x800 with a time of 8:00.25 over Plainview and Bethany. The win marked the first boys track title in school history and great way for the Warriors to end their year.
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Kassidy Williams - Anadarko High School an athletic scholarship,” Kassidy said. Kassidy gives credit to her parents for her drive for excellence in the classroom and in athletics. “I think my drive comes mostly from my parents who push me to do my best and always support me in me endeavors.” For her commitment to Anadarko High School and her teammates, Kassidy Williams is the Anadarko Athlete of the Month. A three-sport star for the Warriors, Kassidy Williams is an excellent example of a student-athlete at Anadarko High School. In the fall Kassidy runs with the cross country team then plays basketball for the Lady Warriors in the winter. This spring Kassidy was a member of the track team where she set new personal records for herself. “My favorite memory so far would have to be winning the state championship in basketball in 2012 and setting new personal records at the state track meet this year,” Kassidy said. Kassidy is an all-star in the classroom carrying a 4.0 GPA. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, the Oklahoma Indian Honor Society and is an active member of the Native American club. “My favorite subject in school is Human Anatomy and Algebra III. I am planning on furthering my education and attending college on
Devin Whitewolf Anadarko High School senior Devin Whitewolf showed tremendous leadership at the state track meet by leading his team to a Class 4A state title.
Whitewolf ran the 800, 1600, and 3200 meters for the Warriors placing in all three events, the best being a second place finish in the 1600 meters.
â€œIt felt really awesome to be the first one to win it in the history of Anadarko track. We went undefeated in the 2-mile relay all season so we knew we were going to do great, but we had no idea we were going to run 8:00 and our mile relay boys wanted to win it so they ran their hardest,â€? Whitewolf said. For his dedications to his team and Anadarko High School, Devin Whitewolf is the Anadarko Leader of the Month.
Shayna Gibson Junior Shayna Gibson is a multi-sport star at Anadarko High School. This spring she helped lead the Lady Warriors slow-pitch softball team to some big wins this season.
Under the tooling of head coach Tammy Bates, the Lady Warriors won several games despite an extremely tough schedule.
Gibson was a big part of those wins from her shortstop position. This fall look for Gibson to play fastpitch softball and basketball in the winter of her senior season. Gibson is committed to making Anadarko Lady Warrior athletics the best it can possibly be and do whatever she can to help her teams win.
VYPE Sat Down With New Duncan Head Football Coach Craig Benson to Talk Demon Football and His Transition to Duncan VYPE: You left your alma mater of Sallisaw to come to Duncan. Obviously it’s always tough to leave a place that holds a special place in your heart like that but what about the Duncan school, football program and community have helped make that transition easier? Benson: There were really two things that were the deciding factors in me choosing to come to Duncan. Number one was my family. I have a daughter in Oklahoma City, a son who is about to move back to Oklahoma City as he transitions out of the military and I have another son who is a coach at Altus, so being closer to them and being able to see my grandkids was a big factor. The number two factor was the amount of gold balls they have at Duncan that you get to walk by everyday. It’s a program with a lot of tradition and they haven’t had a lot of NFL players so that tells you they have had unique ability to play as a team. VYPE: What is your top priority this spring moving into the summer?
Benson: Priority number one has just been making sure everyone is familiar with each other. Making sure myself and the other coaches are familiar with each other, making sure we are familiar with the kids and making sure the kids are familiar with us. Through all of that we are being able to figure out our strengths and weaknesses and what will fit best to give us the best chance to win.
VYPE: Like you said earlier, Duncan is a place with a lot of tradition just like Sallisaw. How will that experience at one tradition-rich program help you as transition into being the head coach at another? Benson: I left a program I was very familiar with where I was coaching kids whose dads I had played with. It was very tough to leave and it wasn’t a decision I made lightly but I felt like it was a great opportunity career wise for me. On top of that the Duncan community really supports the program well, a lot like Sallisaw does, and I see a lot of the same qualities in the Duncan community that I saw at Sallisaw.
VYPE: You have been a run-first team at Sallisaw, which is what they have been at Duncan, although in a different system. How do you feel the kids at Duncan will adapt and fit into your system? Benson: I’m not going to say I’m going to bring n my system. The only system I want to install is being a disciplined team that acts with a lot of class and is well respected. When it comes to offense and defense I have always tried to be flexible. I always felt like I needed to be the one who made the biggest changes and not try to fit kids into a system that doesn’t help them win. The perception is I’m a run-first guy and that’s true but I also want to be balanced and do what we need to do in order to compete. VYPE: Have you made any new additions to the coaching staff?
Craig Benson wholesale change. Some of the old assistants decided to pursue other things. We were able to lure Boone Copeland from Lawton Ike, Trent Parrish from Rush Springs and Barry Giles from Altus. We also have some others that are in the works.
VYPE: How much time have you been able to spend in Duncan so far this year? Benson: I started April 1 and that really shows the school’s commitment to the program. Being able to start has allowed me to get to know the kids, the parents, the administrators, the coaches and the community.
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Behind senior Alex Bowers, Duncan plans to work hard and reclaim the state championship By Sarah Dewberry
In the past eight years, the Duncan girls tennis team had finished as state runner-ups six times. Last year, that streak ended and they were crowned the newest Class 5A state champions, but after finishing the 2013-14 tennis season at Duncan as state runner-ups, Duncan girls tennis coach Phil Barnes and star senior Alex Bowers are already looking to next season and are ready to re-claim that state title. Ever since she was a child, Bowers has loved the game of tennis. In three seasons at Duncan, Bowers won state her freshman year and she was state runner-up her sophomore and junior year. This season, Bowers not only capped off her third straight state championship appearance as runnerup, she also switched from two singles to one singles and finished with a 29-6 overall record. “I am so thankful for everyone’s support,” Bowers said. “I was obviously disappointed after I lost and I was really grateful to have everyone there and I couldn’t have asked for better support throughout this experience.” That experience for Bowers and her teammates wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for the coach who has made them better every step of the way during their high school tennis careers.
“I think I say this for myself and the rest of the team would agree as well that we all try as hard as we can because we not only want this for ourselves but also for coach Barnes,” Bowers said. “He really does put in so much time and effort into it and he cares about his kids a lot. “ Bowers hasn’t decided where she will play tennis next after her career at Duncan completes, but several schools have their eyes on her. “I am really passionate about tennis and I really am hoping to continue playing after high school,” Bowers said. “I’ve been contacted by several schools and they came out to watch the state tournament.” Knowing how hard Bowers works and knowing she isn’t finished playing at Duncan has him and the team very excited about this upcoming season. “Alex is an extremely hard worker and through her hard work she became really, really good,” Barnes said. “I think she’ll have a chance to have a really good senior year. Also, we’ll be pretty good next year and we’ll be right back in the hunt next year.” Besides winning a state championship and being named runner-ups, there’s another accolade the Duncan tennis team added to their belt this season. For the seventh time in nine years, Duncan was named academic state champions.
Alex Bowers “We have a really good program because we have good kids who work extremely hard,” Barnes said. At the end of the day, through the experience the girls have gained over the past couple of seasons, Bowers says she knows her team can bounce back and win state next season. “I am very proud of my team,” Bowers said. “I feel like we all went out there and played our absolute best. It was disappointing winning last year and not winning this year, but I am grateful that we made it as far as we did and God has some big things in store for us.” The next stop on the Duncan tennis train is heading up to Baylor University for tennis camp.
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Month Jana Bowers - Duncan Mom Supporting the Demon tennis team? Check. Helping the community? Check. Being an ace as a parent? Check that one off the list too. This is Jana Bowers, our VYPE selection for the Duncan Mom of the Month. She shows this by supporting her daughter, Alex, who competes in singles tennis. Not only does Jana attend the tournaments, but she also helps other tennis volunteers with coordinating meals for players and with fund-raisers. Jana is also involved with the Duncan community through her focus on children’s literacy. Jana is employed as a Title I faculty member of Duncan Public Schools’ Emerson Elementary and is a member of the PEO service organization. “I couldn’t ask for a better mom,” said Jana’s daughter Alex, “and I’m so thankful for the continual support she give me, not only in tennis, but in life.”
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Hector Bullock Marlow Junior and three-sport athlete Hector Bullock is the Marlow Male Athlete of the Month.
Besides competing in track where he helped lead the Outlaws to the 2014 3A State Championship as a seventh seed who won the State Championship in discus, Bullock also is a standout football player for the Outlaws as a Center and Defensive End where he is being recruited by several colleges, and a wrestler for Marlow in the 225 lbs weight class.
Bullock is a member of Student Council, and was chosen by the American Legion to represent Marlow at Boys State this summer. When ask about how it felt to win State Bullock had this to say, “Winning State as a team was a huge accomplishment for Marlow. We haven’t won a championship in track since 1946. Us taking state this year was a team effort. We all had to do our part as a team and compete in order to win the meet. Placing first in discus was the best feeling ever. I couldn’t stop smiling even two hours after I knew I won. There was no better feeling then getting on the top of that podium knowing I had been the underdog.
Kaytlyn Kizarr Sophomore Kaytlyn Kizarr is a three sport athlete an a 4.0 student, she is our Marlow Female Athlete of the Month.
Besides competing in Track where Kizarr placed 3rd at State in pole vault and runs the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 relays. Kizarr also plays catcher for the Outlaws softball team an is the lead off hitter. She is also the starting point guard for the Lady Outlaws basketball team. Kaytlyn is a member of FCA an attends Marlow First Baptist Church where she is active in the youth group, she is very humble and credits others for much of her success,”Every thing I do, I do for God who gave me the ability.” “I can’t do anything without my teammates, they are my rock. Not only in the sports I play, but in my life.”
perspective the run Marlow has been on, four years ago, the Outlaws lost in the Regional final, but bounced back the last three years as Regional Champions, the last two years finishing their seasons as state semifinalist.
Marlow has a young, energetic skipper in Coach Jeff Brewer who has been at the helm the last two seasons and has an undeniable passion for the game and is a Trey Coffman, Austin Forsythe, “Baseball Guy”, add that with returning players Kelby Richardson Beau Meshell, Brady Melton, Logan Knox and Anthony Green to name a Marlow Baseball few, plus younger, talented guys coming By Robert Yates up, it appears the Outlaws have all the Despite coming up short in the Class 3A ingredients to reload and continue on their state semifinal match versus Kansas, 6-1, impressive run far into the future. the future looks bright for the Marlow Marlow Track Outlaws baseball program, who have all The Marlow the makings of a baseball powerhouse. track team For the second straight year, No.4 Marlow returned home (28-11) lost in the semifinals after losing from the State to Vian last year. meet in Moore After coming up short for a third year in a as the 2014 row at the Class 3A State Tournament, it Class 3A State was a disappointing finish to outstanding Champions high school careers for three Marlow claiming seniors including Austin Forsythe, Trey the Outlaws Coffman and Kelby Richardson. first track championship There is no doubt those Seniors’ since 1946. contributions helped establish the Outlaws Baseball Program as contenders and arguably the premier program in Southwest Oklahoma. To put into
Coach Bobby Wortham’s Outlaws scored 71 points, 13 points ahead of second-place Heritage Hall. Marlow sweep the top three spots in pole vault with Dean Howard winning the event, clearing 15 feet, Zack Phipps was six inches off that mark for second and Patrick Kelly cleared 13’6” for third. Hector Bullock may have been the surprise of the state meet, after being seeded seventh in discus, the underdog won the event, throwing a personal best 149’2”. Dalton Daubenspeck placed second in the discus and Caden George finished fifth. Braeden O’Dell added a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles and a fifth-place finish in the high jump. Nathan Crowson took fourth in the 800- and 1600-meter runs, and the 800-meter relay team of O’Dell, Howard, Logan Hanley and Cole Eveland placed fourth. The Outlaws will return the majority of the championship team next spring, however if they are to have continued success and repeat as champions they will depend heavily on up and coming track athletes Kris McCarley, Nick Yates, Riley Julian, Brandon Stallons, Cayman McNair for valuable contributions.
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Freshman Kiandra Knight placed fourth in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes with times of 12.70 and 25.74, respectively. Zetta McCaskill also took home fourth in her event, the 400 meter run with a time of 1:00.03. Jimmie Dollins, another freshman, finished fifth in the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.74. Altus’ final points came in the 1,600 relay with McCaskill, Hughes, Hemke and Jones recording a sixth place time of 4:08.
“This was a great season for us even though we fell short of our goal to win a state title,” Garrison said. Boys
James McBayer placed fifth in the 300 hurdles, covering the distance in 40.94 to five Altus its only points of the meet. BASEBALL Picked to compete in the same regional as state champion Carl Albert, the Bulldogs bowed out of the baseball playoffs following an 8-1 loss to Piedmont. Coach Dusty Davis’ club finished the year 17-20. Altus made a late-season surge, winning seven of their final 10 games of the season. GOLF
GIRLS Fueled by Marissa Vega’s 24th place finish, Altus girls finished 10th in the team standings with an 876 score.
Vega had rounds of 99 and 96 for a two-round total of 195. Allison Charernsook was next with a 215. Kassadi Witter was third on the team with a 219. Megan McLeod was fourth with a 247 followed by Brett Stroup with a 267. SOCCER
The girls soccer team found tough sledding this season, but worked hard to continue and improve. Seniors Riley Kinder and Geena Craig were named to the West All-State team. Kinder, a two-year starter at goalie, finished her career with 364 career saves. Craigh, a four-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs, played both midfield and forward in her career.
A 2-1 loss to Lawton Eisenhower in district play signaled the end of the season for the boys soccer team, which fell to 4-4 overall and 3-4 in district play. TRACK
GIRLS With five top six finishes in various events, the Altus girl’s track team finished eighth, scoring 26 points. The Lady Bulldogs opened the meet on Day 1 with the 3,200 relay team with Julia Pack, Lexie Herron, Bree Barker and Gracie Hemke, finishing sixth with a time of 4:08.27. “Hemke ran a great last leg. When she got the stick we were 100 yards behind sixth. She ran a 2:32 split and passed the girl with about 30 meters to go,” head coach Robert Garrison told the Altus Times. Senior Ashley Hughes ran a 45.56 to set a school record in the 300 hurdles and finish second.
Ashlee Baker Ashlee Baker is the Altus Academic Athlete of the Month for the June issue of VYPE. The senior is a three-sport athlete in softball, basketball and track. Her accolades include earning letters in softball and basketball and alldistrict honors in softball.
In the classroom, Ashlee excels as well, earning the principal’s and superintendent’s honor rolls the last three years with a current GPA of 3.8. Her advanced classes include AP Psychology and concurrent enrollment with Western Oklahoma State College, where she’s already taken history, government and English Comp I and II. Ashlee is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Link Crew and KAY Club. Ashlee’s plans after high school include the pre-law program at Oklahoma State University, with law school plans that include the University of Oklahoma or the University of Tulsa.
Matthew Aguilar Swimming his way into the VYPE Academic Athlete of the Month for the Altus area is junior Matthew Aguilar. According to his coach Linda Wiginton, Matthew is “totally devoted” to swimming, working out and studying. In the pool, Matthew’s events include the 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m (See Photo) and 400m freestyle relay. When not swimming, Matthew is in the classroom, where he takes on AP Calculus and maintains a 3.7 GPA.
Matthew’s plans after graduation include obtaining an associate’s degree with Western Oklahoma State College, and then continuing his swimming career on the university level while pursuing an engineering degree.
Character is a combination of qualities that distinguishes one person or group from another. VYPE celebrates achievements of local high school athletes by presenting the monthly “Character Counts Award.” Hunter Harris is this issue’s Character Counts Athlete of the Month for the Altus area. The three-year starter and team captain for the Altus Bulldogs football and baseball teams graduated this spring with both the AHS Top Dog and Principal’s Honor Roll awards. While attending high school, Hunter was also concurrently enrolled in the Southwest Technology BioMedical program. Hunter Harris Outside of the classroom, Hunter’s extracurricular Altus High School activities included the FCA, Student Council and Link Crew. He is also a member of the FSB Altus youth group and is a City League coach. Hunter will attend Western Oklahoma State College in the fall to work toward a radiology tech degree.
Grace Hernke is the VYPE Character Counts Athlete of the Month for Altus. A member of the Altus cross country and track teams, her accolades include being a part of the 2013 State Qualifying Girls Cross Country Program, running the last leg of the 2014 state Track and Field Championships and named the Sportsmanship/Leadership winner for cross country. “Grace is one of the hardest working girls on the team who is always the last to leave the track,” said head track Coach Robert Garrison. “She went from being a sprinter to a middle distance runner this year without complaint. She is always there to help a teammate who is struggling. I can always count on her to run her workouts without having me to keep an eye on her. She even will come do her workouts at night if she had to miss practice. To me that is a sign of true character, always doing what is right, even when no one is watching.” In the classroom, Grace holds a 3.8 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. As a member of That Altus Band, Grace plays flute and is a member of the Color Guard. When not engaged in school activities, she is a member of the Leo Club, league bowling, the Elementary Little Olympics and Bowl for the Cure. Grace hopes to attend the University of Oklahoma after graduation, where she plans to major in Athletic Training/ Sports Medicine or even get into teaching and coaching.
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In No. 2 doubles, freshmen Hannah Oliver and Raluca Pavel opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-3 loss to Carl Albert’s Mimi Roberson-Cassidi Gooch. The Ardmore pair rallied to beat Shawnee before losing to Deer Creek.
BASEBALL The highlight of the Tigers’ baseball season was a five-game win streak in late March that was napped in the championship finals of the Ardmore/Lone Grove Showcase. Ardmore finished the season 10-25 with a loss Chickasha in regionals.
GOLF The Lady Tigers placed two golfers in the Top 10 to finish fourth as a team with a 715 score at the Duncan Golf & Tennis Club. Ardmore fired a team round of 364 in the opening round then shaved 13 strokes in the second round for a 351. Liz Hargis shot a tworound total of 162 to finish fifth individually. Teammate Sam Peters recorded rounds of 88 and 87 to finish with a 175 overall finished to tie for eighth place. Rounding out the field was Shelby Peters (185), Sadie SalyerLouthridge (200) and Ragen Holt (203). The team punched its ticket to state by winning its first regional title in 25 years.
“Hannah and Reluca probably came the farthest of anyone this season,” Roberts said. “At the beginning of the year I thought they might be on junior varsity.”
TRACK The girl’s track team finished seventh as a team with 34 points.
Sophomore Marshelle Stubblefield finished sixth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.81. Stubblefield also ran the 100 meter dash, finishing just off the podium. ”She’s only been out here a few weeks, but she’s one of those girls that will come out and work hard for you every day,” coach Brenda
McHatton told The Daily Ardmoreite.
Sophomore Makenzie Lima took sixth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.94. The 4x400 relay team finished fourth in 4:07.39. Ardmore finished sixth in the 4x400 relay with Zoe Booker, Kenysha Noland, Je’Liyah Plummer and Christa Pickens. The quartet finished with a personal best time of 4:07.39. “Their best time before was a 4:13.00,” McHatton told the Ardmoreite. “Their time came down which is what you want.” Brittany Harrison took fourth in the discus but just off the medal stand in the shot put.
With Lima and Stubblefield and an incoming class of freshmen, the future looks bright for the track team.
Boys Daylen Baker recorded a shot put toss of 54-9 feet to capture the Class 5A individual title. Baker also placed sixth in the discus with a toss of 142-7 feet to guide Ardmore to a 16th place finish as a team.
Girls Freshmen Bailey Neiger, Kady Morgan, Hannah Oliver and Raluca Pavel made quite a splash at the Class 4A state tournament. “At the beginning of the year we were thinking we didn’t know what to expect,” head coach Nathan Roberts said. “We graduated all girls off last year’s team that place fifth. These girls improved as the year went on and as regionals got closer I thought we would make state. In addition to the four freshmen, our No. 1 doubles are both sophomores, so we bring back our entire team next year.” Freshman Bailey Neiger qualified at No. 1 singles but her state tournament ended after back-to-back losses. First, came a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Deer Creek’s Kelsi Williams followed by a 6-2, 6-1 loss to McAlester’s Krystal Hixson. “Bailey took her lumps at the beginning of the year,” Roberts said. “Then she started to beat people that had beaten her early in the year. To play No. 1 singles as a freshman is pretty tough.”
Freshman Kady Morgan opened No. 2 singles play with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Cascia Hall’s Kimmi Koors. She fell in straight sets to Altus’ Taylor Busby 6-4, 6-1. “Kady also played well all year,” said the coach.
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