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CATCH THE FEVER As school bells ring in the start of another
VYPE photographers captured the shining moments of the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Games. Seniors 2013 - Thanks for the Memories!
8 | Triple Play - Avery Rigney After a summer workout preparing for the upcoming football season, VYPE caught up with Avery Rigney of Fort Gibson High School to answer questions for Triple Play.
20 | Pick 6 The chase for the gold ball begins with teams in Three Rivers loaded with talent and dreams of a state championship in 2013. Take a look at six of the VYPE Top 100 who will be tearing up the field in Three Rivers.
school year, fans of high school sports have definitely caught the championship excitement. High school football, fastpitch softball, volleyball and cross country competition is off and running for 2013.
All-State games in Tulsa gave local standouts one final shining moment as Three Rivers’ best competed in golf, swimming, wrestling, volleyball, baseball, basketball and football. Football fever has already spiked to an exciting level as the preseason drills begin. Pick-6 features the top players in Three Rivers including VYPE Top 100 selections Lawrence Evitt, Tramal Ivy, Rylee Simon, Jace Pitchford, Austin Cantrell and Sinue Rodriguez. These and other top gridiron greats are in the chase to win the honor, Mr. Football Oklahoma 2013. All-American honors belong to Checotah High School cheerleaders Callie Goad and Hunter Dennis and the pride of Checotah cheer squad sweeps summer camp honors for a fifth straight season.
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| CHARACTER COUNTS Sequoyah Tahlequah softball standout Kelsey Leach adjusts her swing to handle whatever pitch comes her way in life.
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A summer filled with baseball earned the Poteau Pirates 14-and-Under baseball team the top seed entering the USSSA Class AAA State Tournament in Muskogee. The Pirates proved too hard to beat rolling through the tournament undefeated including a 3-1 win in the championship game against 918 Baseball (Sand Springs). The state championship trophy was the fifth tournament title of the summer for the Pirates. The lineup card consists of 12 players from across LeFlore County coached by Steve Smith, Billy Shipman and Ron Ward.
Alex DeMato – Spiro – Catcher Tristin Thompson – Panama – OF/3B/P Ben Klutts – Poteau – SS/P Kale Barcheers – Poteau – CF/P Grant Shipman – Heavener – 3B/P Cade Smith – Poteau – 1B/P Corey Duncan – Heavener – 3B/C Dawson Perry – Poteau – 2B Rece Ward – Poteau – RF Jarod Williams – Poteau – 1B/P Grant Buckles – Poteau – LF Derrick Carrol – Panama – 2B/OF
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After a summer workout preparing for the upcoming football season, VYPE caught up with Avery Rigney of Fort Gibson High School to answer questions for Triple Play. After getting his answers, we posed the questions to Avery’s mom, Kathy, for her answers before posing the challenge to James Singleton, head football coach for the Tigers. Who has the best game plan?
A two-way starter the past two years at left tackle and defensive end, Avery Rigney enters his senior season in 2013 with high expectations for the Tigers. In addition to action on the gridiron, Rigney demonstrates an eye for the game by claiming his team’s X-box championship for NCAA 14. Rigney, who also enjoys fishing and dove hunting, plans to pursue a college degree in secondary education with a career in coaching.
Fort Gibson Football
James Singleton Fort Gibson Coach
Kathy Rigney Avery’s Mom
Avery’s favorite subject in school?
Cookies, cake or ice cream?
Burgers, Pizza, Chicken or Tacos?
Favorite Music Type?
Luke Bryan Organized Chaos (He says he knows where things are)
Avery’s bedroom is a work of art, organized chaos or tornado alley?
Favorite TV Show?
Rules of Engagement
Text, Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter (Follow me @a_rig56)
Famous person you follow on Twitter?
Would you sing a song, give a speech or write a term paper?
Sing a Song
4 out of 10 (Study the game film!)
5 out of 10 (Way to go Mom!)
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All-State Queen Hayden Coffee, a 2013 graduate and Vian cheerleader, continued the tradition of the Wolverines by winning the honors as All-State Queen during the festivities at the Oklahoma Coaches Association AllState Games.
Wolverines’ Softball Starts Fast Vian fast-pitch softball returns seven starters to open the 2013 campaign. Head coach Albis Ramos enters his seventh season with a proven
Aug. 26 Sequoyah Tah./Panama 4:30 Aug. 27 Muldrow 4:30 Aug. 29 Roland 4:30 Sept. 3 Westville 4:30 Sept. 5 Stigler 4:30 Sept. 9 Stilwell 4:30 Sept. 10 Checotah/Heavener 4:00 Sept. 12 @ Muldrow 4:30 Sept. 16 @ Central Sallisaw/Warner 5:00 Sept. 17 @ Roland 4:30 Sept. 19-20 @Sequoyah Tourney TBA Sept. 23 Keys 4:30 Sept. 24 @ Stilwell 4:30 Sept. 26-28 District Tournament TBA Oct. 3-5 Regional Tournament TBA Oct. 10-12 State Tournament TBA Vian school spirit will be loud and proud led by the 2013-14 high school cheerleaders.
TOP ROW: Kayla Christie, Britney Slape, Kainyn Childress, Mattie Parks, Alexus Thornton, Bailey Slape. MIDDLE ROW: Kaydi Wingo, Mikayla Noisey, Kaylee Hughes, Kiley Troutman, Erica Casey Adrianna Elbon. FRONT FROW: Catelyn Kisselburg, Decheyna Bartholomew, Jordan Sovo, Bailey Sites. NOT PICTURED: Jennifer Hunter, Sierra Faust, Shelby Cloud and Rachael Finny
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Vian FFA is getting geared up for the upcoming school year including the election of new chapter officers and members begin traveling across the state to compete in numerous livestock shows, leadership conferences, public speaking, and career development events. The current FFA program in Vian consists of approximately 50 members from grades 8-12.
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lineup including a talented senior trio of infielders Jaden Bolin, Erica Casey and Kaylee Hughes. Date Opponent Aug. 13 Gore/Hulbert Aug. 15 @ Westville Aug. 16 @ Fort Gibson Aug. 17 @ Stilwell Festival Aug. 19 Warner/Central Sallisaw Aug. 20 @ Checotah Aug. 22-24@ Oktaha Tournament
received the prestigious State FFA Degree.
FFA Prepares for New Year The Vian FFA chapter has been going strong for the past 65 years. It all started in 1948 when Vian received their federal charter from the National Future Farmers of America organization. In 2013 Camry Brown
The Vian FFA chapter received numerous honors over the past few years including last year when the Homesite Evaluation Team of: Jake Sandlin, Dillon Weer, James Cordray, and Rebekah Ridgeway won the state contest and were named state champions. Wolverines Football – Catch The Spirit
Follow the Purple and Gold on the road and fill the stands every Friday night at home as Vian chases the Class 2A football state championship. Sept. 6 – at Spiro Sept. 13 – vs. Eufaula Sept. 20 – vs. Muldrow Sept. 27 – vs. Pocola Oct. 4 – at Antlers Oct. 11 – vs. Keys Oct. 17 – at Hugo Oct. 25 – at Wilburton Nov. 1 – at Hartshorne Nov. 7 – vs. Panama PHotos by Vickie Tincher
ORE Pirates Keep On Keepin’ On.....
Are You Ready For Some Football? ‘Heart of a Champion’ is the rally cry for the 2013 football season as the Pirates seek to continue the tradition of post-season play, something that’s happened each year since 2006. Craig Bivins enters his first year as head coach with a lineup highlight reel playmakers including Wade Shanks, Blaklee Lehnick, Noah Batesole, Peyton O’Neal, Jacob Tincher, Tanner Clay and Chris Jarvis. Sept. 5 – vs. Panama Sept. 13 – at Mounds Sept. 20 – vs. Heavener Sept. 27 – at Central Sallisaw Oct. 4 – at Canadian Oct. 11 – vs. Quinton Oct. 17 – at Savanna Oct. 25 – at Hartshorne Nov. 1 – vs. Haileyville Nov. 7 – vs. Talihina
Cheering For The Pirates Cheerleaders for the 2013-14 school year have been chosen to continue the never ending school spirit supporting the teams at Gore. Members of the squad include Lucy Pool (captain), Abby Brown (co-captain), Kristyn Scott, Kenzie Stiefel, Darrion Couch, Ashton Burleson, Kayleigh Summerlin and Lexi Stiefel. Lady Pirates Softball Is Underway The fast-pitch season has started with expectations to reach higher levels. Coach Sean Dandridge welcomes the pitching experience of junior Mackenzie Stiefel and sophomore Stormie Gates in the circle to lead the way for the squad. The lineup card also includes juniors Leah Qualls, Abby Brown, Autumn Johnson and Jade Cearley along with Melanie Dean, a sophomore, plus three
freshmen including Lexi Stiefel, Mallori Sheffield and Abby Byrd. GORE FASTPITCH SOFTBALL
Date Opponent Time Aug. 12 Warner 4:00 Aug. 13 @ Vian/Hulbert 4:00 Aug. 16 @ Muldrow 4:30 Aug. 17 @ Liberty Festival TBA Aug. 19 @ Hulbert 4:30 Aug. 20 Braggs 4:00 Aug. 22-24 @ Wilburton Tournament Aug. 26 Gans 4:00 Aug. 29 Central Sallisaw 4:30 Sept. 3 @ Gans 4:30 Sept. 5 @ Roland/Westville 5:00 Sept. 9 Hulbert 4:30 Sept. 10 @ Warner 4:00 Sept. 12 @ Central Sallisaw4:30 Sept. 13 @ Braggs 4:00 Sept. 16 Roland 4:00
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“ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL” The legend of the Ironheads tradition dates back to the 1920s when Harry “Ironhead” Hansard served the school as its head football coach. Known at that time as the Soxless Swedes, the mascot moniker of the McIntosh County town changed when used in a sportswriter’s description of the team’s style of play. Since that time, many others have proven the meaning of the name Ironheads on the gridiron as well as other sports and activities. Football legends include coach Paul Bell, for whom the stadium is named, along with other recognizable names such as Lucious, Leroy and Dewey Selmon, J.C. Watts, Joe Golding, Billy McNeal, Demetrius Crowder, Rusty Griffis, Avery Shine and the list goes on. A new chapter begins as nine starters return to the action as the Ironheads open the season on September 6th with expectations of post-season play in Class 3A football. “In reality, we lost only one player that played in every game last year,” said Larry Newton Jr., who begins his second year as head coach of the Ironheads. Ten seniors will lead the charge for the Maroon and White including Devon Siers, Dillon Larkin, Brandon Mullins, Colton Walker, Colby Marshall, Hunter Bogle, Trey Moore, Austin Fowler and Ronnie Hallum. Sept. 6 – vs. Sperry Sept. 13 – at Vian Sept. 20 – vs. Keys Sept. 27 – vs. Idabel Oct. 4 – at Stigler Oct. 11 – at Spiro Oct. 17 – vs. Valliant Oct. 25 – at Roland Nov. 1 – vs. Checotah Nov. 7 – at Heavener
FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL READY TO PLAY Seven players with starting role experience return to the lineup for head coach Stacey Helms’ fast-pitch softball team. Erikah Battles, the lone senior, joins six juniors including Anna Lee Eslick, Kori Burge, Lauren Hopkins, Kierra Walker, Tyressa Watts and Page Goodyear along with sophomore Alex Medlock. A trio of talented freshmen, including Erin Gray, Rachel Singleton and Aryn Holybee round out the roster.
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WARNER EAGLES ‘Flying High’ Friday Night Fever Builds For The Eagles
Excitement is running wild as the 2013 football season approaches. Mike Burdge enters his first year as head coach with a talented lineup of players returning from last year’s 11-1 campaign. “There’s no substitute for experience and talent to continue a winning program,” said Burdge. A quartet of seniors, including Jake Leybas, Clint Kite, Dakota Tassey and John Duggan, headline the roster along with an athletic collection of underclassmen including Bobby Ward and Mekko Washington. “Last year’s success is carrying over to 2013,” said Burge referencing to the off-season preparation. “We’re expecting to keep things rolling.” Warner Eagles Football – 2013 Sept. 5 – at Chouteau Sept. 13 – vs. Hulbert Sept. 20 – at Panama Sept. 27 – vs. Foyil Oct. 4 – at Porter Oct. 11 – vs. Haileyville Oct. 17 – vs. Summit Christian Oct. 25 – at Fairland Nov. 1 – vs. Afton Nov. 7 – at Liberty
We’ve Got SPIRIT Cheerleaders for the 2013-2014 school year have been selected to join the Warner fans in keeping the school spirit loud and proud during athletic events. The girls chosen as cheerleaders include: 1st row (seated left to right): Brittany Lyons, Kailey Kilpatrick, Lessley Davis, Kylee Scrapper, Payton Jackson and Timber McKinney. (2nd row) Kiarrah Pleas, Kyla Parker, Tristen Roach, Kaylee Mathews, Whitley Watson, Allee Lyons and Caitlin Goodson. (3rd row) Desiray Pleas, Kimberly Wells, Erika Vinson, Jensen Sheets, Baylie Short, Megan Davis and Mikaela Fletcher.
Put Me In Coach – I’m Ready To Play The Lady Eagles fast-pitch season is underway as head coach Dusty Tidwell squad returns experience and a winning attitude. A trio of seniors including Raven Girty, Zadie McElhaney and Erika Vinson join four juniors led by Paige Jackson, Brianna Lane, Kristi Milligan and Hannah Staton. Three sophomores join the lineup including Brook Moses, Melissa Girty, Tatum Elders and Payton Jackson plus a quintet of freshman led by Chelsea Anderson, Triston Potts, Darien Hammons, Cheyenne Miller and Britney Hammons.
2013 WARNER SOFTBALL Date Opponent Time Aug. 12 @ Gore 4:00 Aug. 13 @ Porter 4:30 Aug. 15 Braggs 4:00 Aug. 16 Hulbert 4:00 Aug. 19 @ Vian/C. Sallisaw 4:00 Aug. 20 @ Canadian 4:00 Aug. 22 @ Oktaha Tournament TBA Aug. 23 @ Chouteau 4:00 Aug. 26 Indianola 4:00 Aug. 27 @ Stigler 4:30 Sept. 3 @ Braggs 4:00 Sept. 6 Oktaha 4:00 Sept. 9 Porter 4:00 Sept. 10 Gore 4:00 Sept. 12 Stigler 4:30 Sept. 16 @ Central Sallisaw/Vian 4:00 Sept. 17 @ Keys 4:30 Sept. 23 @ Hulbert 4:00 Sept. 24 Eufaula/Chouteau 4:00 Sept. 26 District Tournament TBA Oct. 3-5 Regional Tournament TBA Oct. 10 State Tournament TBA
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of the Month Brandon Thompson Hulbert High School In sports, including football, athletes are faced with choices. For Brandon Thompson, success follows making the right decision especially when your choices include Jesus Christ.
“Athletes, and young people in general, have to make choices everyday,” confirmed Thompson, a senior at Hulbert High School. “And, as an athlete, you’re always in the spotlight with people watching your every move. Sex, alcohol and drugs offer temptations to follow; however, walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ provides so much more, now and forever.” “As Christians, we’re called to be an influence for His kingdom,” said Thompson. “We can be bold in our faith and confident to share with others everyday. Following the path of Jesus is easier when you surround yourself with friends that also know the importance of a daily walk with Christ.” “God, family and friends…three ways to get through everything…no matter what the score or situation.”
Matthew 6:33 (NIV): “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
X Marks The Spot The X-Collar Continues to Improve Football At Every Level Football is a contact sport. And, for athletes playing the game at every level comes the risk of injury, especially when dragged down by the “horse collar” tackle. But, with what began as a middle school science fair project, has developed a remedy that has coaches and players smiling. Dusty Swanson, a middle school student at Wagoner, had an idea that has become reality through the creation of the X-Collar. “Dusty’s previous experience sparked the idea,” said his dad, Kevin Swanson. “He was playing out on the football field with a group of kids when he was horse collared from behind and broke his arm.” With his father’s help, Dusty’s dream resulted in the
development of the X-Collar as a way to prevent one of the most dangerous tackles in football, a play that has produced injuries time after time when a player is dragged down from behind by the shoulder pads. The X-Collar attaches to the back of the shoulder pads and then releases when pulled backwards. The action of the X-Collar allows
the player to continue forward eliminating the threat of injury to the neck, legs or arms that has been a result of the horse collar tackle. Dusty’s idea got a tremendous response from coaches and players since gaining approval at the high school level in all 50 states by the National Federation of High Schools. “The X-Collar has definitely been a difference maker,” said James Singleton, head coach at Fort Gibson High School. “We’ve experienced both sides of the results.”
“Our starting quarterback, in his freshman season, gets horse collared and is out of the playoffs,” recalled Singleton prior to his team’s use of the X-Collar. “We first thought it was an ACL, but fortunately it turned out to only be a broken bone in his tibia.”
“Coach Dale Condict at Wagoner told me about the X-Collar and we decided to give it a try,” Singleton said. “Now, fast forward a year later, and in the same situation, our quarterback is wearing the X-Collar and gets horse collared and the tear away pad comes off and he’s able to break free and avoid injury. I’m a believer.” The X-Collar continues to grow in its popularity while preventing injuries because of the ease of use and a “cool” appearance.
“The look is kind of old school,” said Singleton. “Like the cowboy collars we used to wear. Everything is trendy and some of the kids are wearing them, and then everyone wants it. But the safety benefit outweighs the cool factor. “It’s almost like wearing a wristband because it’s so lightweight,” agreed Singleton while confirming the design of the X-Collar. “It easily attaches to the shoulder pads. It gets pulled away, the X-Collar is easy to replace.
“With our experience of preventing injuries, I definitely feel it’s a necessary piece of equipment for every player. We would have had our quarterback for the playoffs the first time if he’d been wearing the X-Collar. He doesn’t step on the field without it now for sure.” With the endorsement of Roy Williams, former NFL player
with the Dallas Cowboys known for the horse collar tackle and rule changes to football, the X-Collar continues to change and improve the game.
“The X-Collar prevents injury and makes the game we all love safer and more fun to play,” said Williams. “It’s making a difference at every level, from elementary all the way to the pros.” The original idea earned Dusty Swanson an A on his science fair project. And, the X-Collar is continuing to improve the safety of the game of football play after play, game by game. (For more information about the X-Collar, go to www.thexcollar. com)
The chase for ‘the big gold ball’ begins with high school football teams in Three Rivers chasing the playoffs and giving fans plenty to cheer about. Here’s how we rank the VYPE Top 10 high school football teams…
1. Wagoner – The Bulldogs have proven offensive talent including VYPE Top 100 standout Lawrence Evitt, Devin Hawkins and Jadyn Ford plus defensive strength including Wyatt Probst, Roman Rodriguez, Taz Henderson and Devin Cantrell. 2. Fort Gibson – J.R. Singleton begins his third season at quarterback surrounded by threeyear starting linemen Sheldon Smith, Bennett Willis and Avery Rigney while Jon Terronez and Jordan London lead the Flyin’ Tigers defense. 3. Vian – The Wolverines still have plenty of proven talent as the Purple and Gold will feature the skills of VYPE Top 100 selection Rylee Simon along with Eric Casey, Jon Andrews, Andre English, Dakota Eads and Denver Coffee. 4. Poteau – The Pirates ship sails with VYPE Top 100 selection Jace Pitchford, Roger Barcheers, Jarrett Lowrimore and Kendrick Hardaway commanding the offense while Carlos Aguilar, Kaydon Evans anchor the defensive unit. 5. Hilldale – The combination of Chandler Puckett passing to Bradley Campbell complimented by Seth Reheard running the ball is proven as well as the Hornets’ defensive sting led by Justin Sanders.
Other teams just missing the votes to make the VYPE Top 10 include : Checotah, Muskogee, Warner and Webbers Falls. You can be a part of the VYPE Top 10 rankings by submitting your vote by email: Oklahoma@VYPE.com
6. Stigler – “Panther Power” is the battle cry with Seth Sandlin, Trace Jackson and Jake Henson leading the offensive charge while Brooks Coplen, Trent Casinger and Michael Rivera make defensive plays. 7. Roland – VYPE Top 100 selection Austin Cantrell leads the charge for the Rangers along with Lathan Carter, Jordan Miller, Seth Clark as well as talented playmakers Madison Bunch and Clay Conley. 8. Spiro – Three-year starting quarterback Trevon Mitchem directs the big-play offense while Cole McKinney returns at linebacker to captain the defense for the Bulldogs. 9. Talihina — The Golden Tigers seek to continue their winning ways with Alan Lockhart, Bryar Humphreys, Logan Hillebrand, Jordan and Caleb Blue and Ty Trowbridge topping the lineup filled with talent. 10. Haskell – Four-year starter Alex Wheeland returns along with Jordan Presley to lead the offense while Chebon Smith, Lane Young, Kanyon Kelley and Jacob Crowe swarm the football on defense.
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Height: 6’5” Weight: 225 Class: Senior GPA: 2.3 Nickname: T-I Favorite Subject: History Favorite Food: Pizza Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air Favorite Movie: Coach Carter Music Choice: Rap Artist: Meek Mill Favorite Video Game: 2k Favorite Team: Miami Heat Athlete: LeBron James How Do You Relax: Sleep or playing video games Something You’re Afraid Of: Spiders Something People May Not Know About Me: I love socks One Player On Your Team That Deserves Recognition: Bryson Bell – he’s a leader whether it’s conditioning, practice and games and will do whatever is expected. Number One Goal for 2013 Season: To go 110% every down and help the team focus on the important stuff and win games.
When Josh Blankenship took over the reins as head coach of the Muskogee Roughers in the spring of 2011, one of the first players he noticed was Tramal Ivy. And it didn’t take long for this year’s VYPE Top 100 selection to make a better than just a good first impression. “Tramal has a lot of raw ability,” said Blankenship. “I could tell that from the first time I watched him on game film. He’s relentless in his pursuit of the football. And, that’s what college coaches see in him, especially when they watch him play in person, not just on film. When the lights go on, Tramal finds an extra gear of football speed that lets him make plays that most players can’t make.” As the 2013 season begins, Ivy has drawn offers from Division-I schools including Kansas State,
Washington State, Northern Colorado and Memphis.
After producing his own highlight reel of plays, whether lined up with his hand on the ground on the defensive front line as well as a standup pass rusher at defensive end, Ivy is expecting better things in 2013 for the Roughers. “We’ve got to prove it to everyone else,” said Ivy, noting the mentality and expectation of his teammates. “Our approach is give it 110% every snap. I’m not concerned about my stats. I just want to focus on the important stuff and help my team win games.”
Blankenship notes changes in the Rougher defensive scheme this season will make coaches
pay extra attention to Ivy. “Our formation is going to allow Tramal to move around,” said Blankenship, who enters his third season as head coach. “You can call it a combination of a defensive end, linebacker and free safety. And, the offense better make sure they account for his presence on every down.” With the combination of Ivy and teammates, Blankenship says the Roughers have a point to prove this year. “Every team is excited this time of year,” admits Blankenship. “Our players have a chip on their shoulder and believe they can compete with anybody. We know Muskogee football fans expect to be in the post-season playoffs. Our goal is to exceed those expectations one game at a time.”
Jace Pitchford Poteau
Height: 6’0” Weight: 185 Class: Senior GPA: 3.25 Nickname: Hulk Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Food: Spaghetti & Meatballs Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air Favorite Movie: For The Love Of the Game Music Choice: Country Artist: Brad Paisley Favorite Video Game: FIFA ‘13 Favorite Team: OU Athlete: Sam Bradford How Do You Relax: Food and Movies Something You’re Afraid Of: Snakes Something People May Not Know About Me: I’m A Perfectionist One Player On Your Team That Deserves Recognition: Roger Barcheers—He works out hard everyday and fights for the extra yard. Number One Goal for 2013 Season: Be the best leader and help take my team deep into the playoffs and have no regrets.
When Greg Werner took charge of the Poteau Pirates football future prior to the beginning of last season, the coach knew that Jace Pitchford would be one player he could count on for results.
The VYPE Top 100 selection was rarely on the sidelines while playing quarterback in Poteau’s pistol formation and as well as making man coverage plays at cornerback plus handling kicking duties for the Pirates. Pitchford’s offensive numbers included a combined 1,230 yards offense running and throwing the football. “Jace is the player that drives the bus for us,” notes Werner. “He’s so competitive that he’ll
make plays happen when others won’t. His quickness and athleticism gives us plenty of special moments on offense and defense. Then, he’ll come up with something extra on special teams including kicking and punting.”
Nicknamed ‘the Hulk’, Pitchford doesn’t care what position he’s asked to play. “All I want to do is win,” admits the 2014 senior. “It’s fun to throw the touchdown pass or run for a score, but defense is a lot of fun also, especially making a big return on a pass interception.” A multi-sport athlete, Pitchford, like in football, is a driving force on the Poteau baseball team whether on the mound, at shortstop as well as
at the plate. As his final season on the gridiron begins, Pitchford has more than just high hopes, but rather expectations.
“I’m confident in our team,” confirmed Pitchford. “All of us have worked hard this summer with a goal for success this fall. I just want to be the best leader I can be and help take my team deep into the playoffs. And, have no regrets.” “Jace is right,” admits Werner, “all of the kids have raised their expectations. They believe they will win every game. We’ve got some extra special talent. I’m looking for an exciting season for the Poteau Pirates.”
Lawrence Evitt Wagoner
Height: 5’7” Weight: 168 Class: Senior GPA: 2.9 Nickname: Bub Favorite Subject: Science Favorite Food: Chicken Favorite TV Show: ESPN SportsCenter Favorite Movie: Shiloh Music Choice: Rap Artist: Future Favorite Video Game: NCAA 14 Favorite Team: OSU Athlete: T.J. Yeldon How Do You Relax: Soak up the air conditioning Something You’re Afraid Of: Snakes Something People May Not Know About Me: I like camping and fishing One Player On Your Team That Deserves Recognition: Adam Martin – he’s one of the hardest working guys on our team Number One Goal for 2013 Season: Get the gold ball and another ring.
A pre-season injury in 2012, forced Wagoner head coach Dale Condict to make a decision about who would play running back for the Bulldogs. Obviously, Condict made the right choice. Whenever Lawrence Evitt took the ball big things happened. Last year, Evitt led the state in rushing gaining 2,980 yards while scoring 35 touchdowns to lead Wagoner to the Class 4A state semifinals. Timed at 4.32 in the 40-yard dash, Condict admits Evitt is a special player. “He the most explosive offensive player I’ve
coached,” said Condict. “It’s raw talent that makes Lawrence so good. His speed and ability to change to a faster gear makes him tough to tackle. He does things with the football you just can’t coach.”
Last season’s results put Evitt on the radar for college coaches including Division-I schools such as Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Memphis along with others. Evitt, a member of the VYPE Top 100, is more focused on his team’s success this fall. “My number one goal is to help my team
get the gold ball,” said Evitt. “We’ve played together since grade school and have always been winners, so now it’s time to do it one more time and get a ring.” With Evitt and the other talented players on the roster, Condict likes the Bulldogs chances in 2013.
“It’s the mentality of our team,” Condict confirmed. “They don’t know anything else but to expect to win every time on the field. They turn pressure into fun…and wins.”
Austin Cantrell Roland Height: 6’4” Weight: 230 Class: Junior GPA: 3.7 Nickname: Steen Favorite Subject: History Favorite Food: Mexican Favorite TV Show: American Pickers Favorite Movie: Ted Music Choice: Country Artist: Jason Aldean Favorite Video Game: Call of Duty Favorite Team: OSU Athlete: Floyd Mayweather How Do You Relax: Kick back in the recliner and catch some Zs Something You’re Afraid Of: Snakes Something People May Not Know About Me: I can play the guitar One Player On Your Team That Deserves Recognition: Laython Carter – He gives it all he can every day and makes good things happen from his efforts. Number One Goal for 2013 Season: Win another playoff game, then another, then another.
When the 6-foot-4 junior-to-be stepped on the football field as a freshman, Roland head football coach Jeff Streun quickly realized there was a great deal of potential ahead for Austin Cantrell. In two seasons as a starter, the junior tight end/defensive end for the Rangers has been a major reason for the success on Friday night. “Austin has proven himself,” said Streun. “He’s got a work ethic that makes him special. His hard work combined with his ability makes it hard for me to take him out of the game.” As a tight end in 2012, Cantrell had 25 receptions for 673 yards and nine touchdowns. On the defensive charts,
the VYPE Top 100 selection required the opponent’s attention every snap by recording 82 tackles including nine sacks. Cantrell also handles kickoff, PAT and punting duties for the Rangers. A multi-sport athlete, Cantrell won the gold medal throwing the shot put last spring after playing a big part in Roland’s basketball team reaching the Class 4A state finals.
“Austin has the passion you want in a football player,” said Streun. “He’s obviously a big target at tight end. And, because he’s so quick and strong, he’ll turn a three yard route into a 70-yard touchdown.” “I’m looking forward to this season,” said
Cantrell, who has drawn interest from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Tulsa and other Division-I college recruiters. “Last season was exciting. But, now that we’ve tasted the success of the post-season, all I want to do is win another playoff game, then another and then win another.” Like Cantrell, Streun is optimistic about the Rangers chances this season.
“We return our starting tailback, wide receiver and offensive line plus Austin,” said Streun about the 2013 roster. “We’ll have 15 kids with playoff experience in our lineup that will give us a chance to be in every game in the fourth quarter.”
Sinue Rodriguez Sallisaw
Height: 5’7” Weight: 155 Class: Senior GPA: 3.6 Nickname: Chino Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Food: Mexican Favorite TV Show: ESPN SportsCenter Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans Music Choice: Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: Drake Favorite Video Game: FIFA ‘13 Favorite Team: America Futbol Athlete: Ray Lewis How Do You Relax: Listen to Music Something You’re Afraid Of: Not being able to play sports Something People May Not Know About Me: I’m a momma’s boy One Player On Your Team That Deserves Recognition: Cale Wilson – he’s a smart player and can play just about any position needed Number One Goal for 2013 Season: To do whatever is needed to help our team become a solid team and make a deep run into the playoffs.
As a freshman, Sinue Rodriguez earned the attention of Sallisaw Black Diamonds coaches and fans with his spectacular kicking abilities. Now, entering his senior season, head coach Craig Benson admits there’s more to Rodriguez than many may know. “He’s a football player first,” said Benson. “Everybody knows what Sinue can do kicking the football. But now, his hard work has developed him into a two-way starter capable of making game changing plays as a wide receiver and cornerback.” “I just enjoy playing the game,” said Rodriguez, “I just want to do everything I can
to help our team win with whatever it takes.” That determination, recalled Benson, was proven again last spring when Rodriguez won the 400m gold medal at the Class 4A track meet. “He was sixth going into the final turn and third with 10 meters to go,” Benson remembered. “But, his will to win got him to the tape in first place.” Last year, Rodriguez, who kicks off the ground rather than use a tee, was 8-of-11 on field goals including a 55-yard boot for three points while flipping field position by averaging 40.5 yards per punt. Those skills have drawn Division-I interest from
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recruiters including Tulsa, Missouri and others. “My competitive nature makes me a better kicker,” smiled Rodriguez. “Just shut out the pressure, take a deep breath, focus and kick it.”
Players, like Rodriguez and others on the 2013 Sallisaw roster, have Benson anxious to get the 2013 season started. “Sallisaw is Black Diamond football,” said Benson. “And, these kids know that. We’ve got talented, proven players returning and some others that there time is now and they can’t wait to prove their abilities. I’m looking forward to see how things play out.”
Height: 5’11” Weight: 195 Class: Junior GPA: 4.0 Nickname: Ryles Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Food: Mexican Favorite TV Show: ESPN SportsCenter Favorite Movie: White House Down Music Choice: Country Artist: Jason Aldean Favorite Video Game: NCAA ’13 Favorite Team: New England Patriots Athlete: Tim Tebow How Do You Relax: Fishing and listening to music Something You’re Afraid Of: Snakes Something People May Not Know About Me: I like to hunt and fish One Player On Your Team That Deserves Recognition: Dakota Eads – he’s got a lot of heart and will do whatever job he’s assigned and works hard Number One Goal for 2013 Season: WIN a state championship
Football positions like quarterback and linebacker require talent and a certain mindset to play the game. It takes a rare player, such as Rylee Simon, to combine the positions and produce highlight reel plays at both places in the lineup for the Vian Wolverines. “Rylee is a warrior,” confirmed Vian head coach Brandon Tyler. “He has all the instincts you want in a football player…size, strength, quickness, and the ability to make plays in crucial moments.”
“It comes natural for me,” said Simon, a VYPE Top 100 selection. “It’s my first love. I like playing quarterback and directing the offense. And, I also get a big-time rush from making
plays at linebacker.”
Simon, just a junior, enters his third year as a starter on defense. Last season as part of a defense that allowed just 22 points in the regular season and six shutouts, Simon recorded 146 tackles from his linebacker position.
“He’s a ball hawk,” said Tyler, “Rylee’s always around the football. He plays with heart and a mentality for the game you can’t coach. His motor goes 100 miles per hour whether he’s at quarterback or at linebacker. A player that lets his actions speak rather than words, Simon also carries a 4.0 grade average.
“We’ve won a lot of games my first two years (25-2),” recalled Simon. “Now, all I want to do is help lead our team and our town to a state championship.”
Simon’s confidence and expectations are part of the reasons why Tyler believes his team will be in the chase for the gold ball.
“It’s a tradition at Vian,” said Tyler. “We feel like with the players returning we can keep winning games. We’re going to mix up the offense a bit and play the same hard nosed defense we always do. With the skill kids and our group of linemen, I think we can be back where we were last season.”
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There are plenty of other choices for consideration, especially in the team chase. In Class 4A, Fort Gibson’s Tigers have the necessary pieces to the puzzle to put together another winning campaign. In Class 3A, keep an eye on the Hilldale Hornets, Stigler Panthers and Spiro Bulldogs as all three of these teams have plenty of talent to be in the chase for the crown. Class 2A hopefuls will again include
Haskell while in Class A, Talihina returns proven talent and a downto-earth approach certain of producing wins.
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As the 2013 high school football season begins, every team begins its trek on the Road to Stillwater… and completing a dream of claiming the big gold ball and the state championship. Wagoner Bulldogs
years including winning the 4A crown The trip to the Class 4A championship in 2011 and state runner-up trophy is all too familiar to the Bulldogs. After in 2010. Lawrence Evitt, who led the state in rushing with 2,590 yards and reaching the 2012 4A quarterfinals, Wagoner has put together a combined 35 touchdowns, leads an explosive offense including Devin Hawkins 37-4 record during the past three while Wyat Probst, Roman Rodriquez and Fischer Medlin anchor the defense at linebacker
by three-year starting linemen Sheldon Smith, Bennett Willis and Avery Rigney while linebacker Jon Terronez and Jordan London lead the Flyin’ Tigers defense. Vian Wolverines
The postseason is a tradition for Vian including last season’s 13-1 record and Class 2A state semi-final Fort Gibson Tigers appearance. Talent and experience make up the lineup for the Purple Expectations for success and Gold including Rylee Simon, who are evident in 2013 for totaled 146 tackles last year, joins the Tigers as a talented veteran heroes Andre English, Dakota group of Friday night heroes make up this year’s Eads, Jon Andrews, Eric Casey and Denver Coffee in the chase for a gold lineup. J.R. Singleton begins his third season at ball in Class 2A for 2013. quarterback surrounded
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Character is a combination of qualities that distinguishes one person or group from another. Yates Auto Mall celebrates achievements of local high school athletes by presenting the monthly “Character Counts Award.” Like the brilliance of a diamond, success in life is enhanced as a person’s character is shaped through daily circumstances; many times situations beyond one’s control. Qualities such as determination, flexibility, compassion and loyalty help mold the outcome of today’s challenges and create opportunities for tomorrow’s rewards. Something that Kelsey Leach, a senior at Sequoyah Tahlequah High School understands all too well.
questioned just before the district tournament last fall, Kelsey was there,” recalled Turtle. “She told her I’ve been through this and you’ll be OK no matter what.”
Only a few weeks following the Lady Indians claiming the 2012 slow-pitch softball state championship, the residence eligibility of Leach was brought into question and ultimately ruled ineligible resulting in the OSSAA stripping the state crown and leaving Leach standing on the sidelines.
“That’s the type of person Kelsey is everyday,” said Turtle. “She’s so mature. Kelsey is an inspiration to everyone, students and adults.”
“It was hard to understand,” recalled Leach, “especially the thought of not being able to play for an entire year. But, I’ve learned that things always happen for a reason.” “Kelsey didn’t shy away from the challenge,” said Jeff Turtle, softball coach at Sequoyah. “She rose to the occasion and was determined to use it for the good of her team. She worked with us in practice as well as being there in the dugout during games, always encouraging the other players.” “When you meet someone under difficult circumstances, you discover a person’s true character,” confirmed Marcus Crittenden, athletic director at Sequoyah. “Kelsey handled everything with dignity, class and grace that made our school, our tribe and all of us proud.” “She was thrown a curve ball and adjusted her swing to take the next pitch,” said Crittenden. “Kelsey’s not surprised when adversity happens in a game or in life. She just faces it head on.” “You just have to be flexible,” said Leach. “I was determined to be a role model that would help others find success.” “When Megan’s (Towie) eligibility was
Leach credits her family’s values for teaching her the importance of helping others. “My mom and dad taught me by example,” Leach admits, “to always listen and be a voice of support and encouragement.”
The positive approach proved resourceful when eligibility issues were ultimately resolved. The OSSAA reinstated both players and returned the state championship where it belonged. “Kelsey is the definition of success,” said Larry Shade, who coached Leach during the basketball season. “She sets the example for others to follow. Her work ethic, on the court and in the classroom, is top notch. Kelsey is a loyal friend to everyone, young and old alike.” As her senior year begins, Leach is ready to get the games started. “I used last year’s setback as motivation to become a better player,” said Leach, who led the squad in home runs as a freshman and sophomore shortstop. “I’m looking forward to helping my team write our own legacy with a state championship.” With her positive voice of support and a heart of helping others, it’s easy to understand why Leach already knows her career path for the future. “I plan to be a physical therapist,” said Leach, “and help people with their challenges to enjoy good health.” All in all, Kelsey Leach has polished away the imperfections of the past and continues to take the next step to reaching her full potential.
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Checotah Wildcats Cheerleaders – The Spirit of Checotah School spirit is part of the flare of high school sports…as high school cheerleaders shout out words of encouragement for their teams. In Checotah, the efforts of the Wildcats’ cheerleading team are more than
just building school spirit…it’s all about displaying the heartbeat of the community.
“It’s so much more than cheering at the games,” said Callie Goad, a senior and captain of the 2013-2014 Wildcats’
cheer squad. “It’s about the pride of our school and our town.”
The Checotah cheerleaders proved they have the “right stuff” while attending the Universal Cheerleaders Association sponsored cheer camp this summer at Southeastern State University in Durant. This year’s squad made a clean sweep of honors including the All-Around Camp Championship and the Leadership award. “This is the fifth year in a row we’ve won the leadership honor,” said head coach Laurie Funberg. “I think it’s the
Callie Goad most important award because it’s voted on by the other squads.”
“All the squads are asked if you can’t be on your own team, which team would you want to be on? And, they voted for us.”
During the week long camp activities, Callie Goad and Checotah junior Hunter Dennis earned All-American cheerleader honors including an invitation to attend a New Year’s Day parade in London, England. Goad, who captured All-American honors for a second time, also won the camp’s individual leadership award. Members of the squad also include 2013-14 seniors Miranda Lovelace, Hannah Dennis and Madison Kindred. Junior cheerleaders include Jaycee Chandler, Kori Carmack, Ashley Eddy, Kaley Coleman, Brooke Butler, Caela Parker and Grace Terry. Sophomore cheerleaders will be Savannah Joyce and Shyla Harrell. “These girls are an inspiration for me,” admits Funberg, who enters her 23rd year for coaching cheerleading. “They work hard, they compete hard, and all of it without any drama. They’re a close knit group.”
“Each one of the girls has to know every spot in our routines,” said Funberg. “They have to be in strong physical condition and know the techniques whether they’re flyers or base.” Checotah cheerleaders have a tradition of producing more than school spirit through their involvement in community activities. When the Bedouin Shrine tournament
Hunter Dennis needed to raise funds, Checotah cheerleaders adopted a “penny drive” and raised almost $1,000 to support the tournament.
“Competition for being a member of the Checotah cheerleading squad begins before the first jump or cheer,” confirmed Funberg about tryouts. “Each girl must complete a teacher evaluation with proof of their commitment to being a role model, as well as showing respect for others and completing class work on time.”
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“It’s all about giving something back and our love for Checotah,” said Goad. “And, every one of us takes pride in it. We love each other as well as our school and our town.”
And, when the Friday night lights shine bright at Ogle Field, the true spirit of the Wildcat community, Checotah High School cheerleaders, will shout out loud their support for everyone that wears the blue and white.
“It’s a year round c o m m i t m e n t ,” said Funberg, “much more than just practice and cheering at school events. They’re involved in the Blood Drive, Angel Tree as well as leading a community canned food drive every Thanksgiving and Christmas.” “We also spend time tutoring younger kids at the elementary school,” smiled Goad. “Then they come running up to us at the games and tell you about what’s happening in their lives. It’s
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