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A letter from Bill Huddleston

4 | Picture This VYPE photographers capture the shining moments of high school sports action in Three Rivers with action from the baseball and softball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts and track championships.

8 | Family Tradition As Hilldale claimed the Class 4A State Championship in baseball, Hornets catcher Jarrard Poteete continued a family tradition joining his grandfather and dad winning state titles during their senior season.

20 | All-VYPE An outstanding collection of talented athletes are recognized for their spring sports achievements as VYPE names this year’s ALL-VYPE squads for softball, baseball, golf, tennis, track and soccer.

Thanks for the Memories Just as fast as the year began, the 20112012 school year raced to the finish line putting the wraps on a banner year of success for athletes and teams all across Three Rivers. A total of 11 state championships were claimed by schools in Three Rivers along with a multitude of individual titles proving again to be Oklahoma’s Best! Panama won the school’s first state title by winning the fast-pitch championship. Keys cheerleaders claimed the small Co-Ed championship. Wagoner completed the Road to Redemption with the football championship. Fort Gibson girls repeat as 5A swimming champions. Hilldale won a pair of titles including baseball and Powerlifting. Sequoyah Tahlequah claimed a slow-pitch title. Poteau won the 4A girls golf championship. Add to this, Academic Championships by Stilwell cheer, Ft. Gibson swim and Tahlequah girls track. The list of individual championships by Three Rivers athletes only adds icing to the cake. Thanks for allowing VYPE to share in the excitement. I’m already looking forward to next year…but for now…enjoy the summer!

We’re in the Game

Bill Huddleston

26 | Spirit of Success Hilldale baseball coach Darren Riddle celebrates as the Hornets won the Class 4A baseball title. Yet for Riddle, success is measured more through his players than trophies.

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30 | Thanks For The Memories What a season of excitement as teams in Three Rivers win a total of 11 state championships along with numerous individual championships. Take a walk back through the 2011-2012 school year as we flashback back to the shining moments in our Year End Review.

Next Issue... OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL PREVIEW. The annual July issue showcases Oklahoma’s best high school football talent including the VYPE Top 100 that includes several gridiron stars from Three Rivers.

Graphic Design Austin Chadwick, Leah Weigle Contributing Writers Craig Hall, Brad Heath, Lynn Jacobsen, Bill Huddleston Contributing Photographers John Hasler, Ruby Dean-Captured Memories Photography, Rhonda Hansen Photography, Bradley Cox & Anna Newton-Eufaula Schools, Von Castor, Mecie Gauntt Photography, Vicki Reece-Westville Schools, Rip Stell, Brett Rojo, Craig Hall, Ron Goad Photography.com, Bill Huddleston, Ben Johnson-Tahlequah Daily Press, Erin Parks, Michael Mayberry, Kevin Bishop, Hilldale Athletics, Blunck’s Photography, Heather Jones, Brad Heath, Josh Clough, Michael Mayberry, Curtis Allen. Website: www.VYPEOK.com Phone: 918.495.1771 Fax: 918.495.1787 Advertising: bill.huddleston@vype.com Phone 918.869.8212 Subscriptions: 918.495.1771 VYPE is published monthly by Trinity Media Group, LLC. Reproductions in whole or in part without permission are prohibited. VYPE is not responsible for the return of unsolicited artwork, photography or manuscripts and will not be responsible for holding fees or similar charges. All digital submissions and correspondences will become property of VYPE.

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Julia Hill has several reasons to have a smile on her face. As a member of the Fort Gibson girls’ soccer team this season, the Lady Tigers completed an undefeated regular season for the first time in school history. Hill was also a member of the Class 4A State Championship basketball team in 2011 as well as the 2012 runner-up. But, for Hill, there’s a more important reason to smile, win or lose.

“Being a Christian is cool,” said Hill. “It’s actually lots of fun when you see how much God helps you everyday.” “I try to always be happy and go out of my way to help someone,” smiled Hill. “A lot of young people today just want to do their own thing. They have this idea that Christianity is all about following rules. I try to just be a witness for God, and hope that through my actions those around me will discover happiness for themselves.”

“High school athletics gives you an opportunity to be an influence for Him in so many ways,” said Hill. “With your teammates, coaches, teachers as well as the younger kids who watch you play. FCA is a great way to follow in Christ’s footsteps in everything you do and have lots of fun at the same time.” Proverbs 16:3 (NIV): Commit to the LORD whatever you do and your plans will succeed.


EUFAULA IRONHEADS

The winning tradition of the Ironheads continues IRONHEADS BEST Three 2012 Eufaula seniors were selected to receive the outstanding male and female athlete honors. Shelby Williams and Sadie Scott received the 2012 Sue Ann Saltsman Award presented to the top female athlete. Daniel Salters was chosen to receive the 2012 Junior Golding Award as the top male athlete. In addition to the contributions to the success of sports teams at Eufaula High School, all three students continuously demonstrated the true Ironhead spirit. Williams was a member of the basketball and softball teams while Scott was a member of the Ironhead cheerleader squad, basketball and track teams. Salters was a four year letterman on the Eufaula baseball team that advanced to the state tournament three times including capturing state runner-up honors twice.

Shelby Williams, Daniel Salters, Sadie Scott

Taking Their Game To The Next Level

The success of the Eufaula baseball team the past four years has been well documented. The 2012 seniors, a part of three state tournament trips and back to back runner-up finishes, are now taking their talents to the college level. Brady Colbert signed a letter of intent with Eastern State College. Dylan Helms also signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Seminole Junior College. Helms was also selected to play this summer in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game. TBA

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Members of the 2012 Ironhead football team will spend the summer preparing for the upcoming fall schedule. Larry Newton returns to his alma mater as head football coach. Be sure you have a 50-yard line seat by purchasing season tickets in advance. Ironhead fans wising to purchase tickets are urged to call the high school offices.

Brady Colbert 2012 Ironheads football schedule

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME AUG. 17 MORRIS (SCRIMMAGE) HOME 7:00 AUG. 23 WILBURTON (SCRIMMAGE) AWAY 7:00 AUG. 31 SPERRY AWAY 7:30 SEPT. 7 VIAN HOME 7:30 SEPT. 14 KEYS AWAY 7:30 SEPT. 21 IDABEL AWAY 7:30 SEPT. 28 STIGLER (HOMECOMING) HOME 7:30 OCT. 5 SPIRO HOME 7:30 OCT. 12 VALLIANT AWAY 7:30 OCT. 18 ROLAND HOME 7:30 OCT. 25 CHECOTAH AWAY 7:30 NOV. 2 HEAVENER HOME 7:30 NOV. 13 STATE PLAYOFFS TBA

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VYPE caught up with Hannah Alexander of Muskogee High School while preparing for a summer softball tournament to answer questions for Triple Play. After getting her answers, we posed the questions to Lady Roughers softball coach Keith Coleman before posing the challenge to Hannah’s mom, Stacy Alexander, for her answers. Who has the best game plan? Muskogee High School senior-to-be Hannah Alexander is a member of the Lady Roughers‘ fast-pitch and slowpitch softball teams. After being forced to watch from the sidelines with a broken leg as a freshman, Hannah’s drive and determination got her into the starting lineup the past two seasons. Known to her teammates as “Hannah Pike”, the starting outfielder for Muskogee proudly wears the Green & White of the Roughers, but proudly boasts her favorite colors are pink and orange (Go Pokes!).

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Stacy Alexander Hannah's Mom

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Something Hannah will never eat?

Sushi

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Hannah’s Favorite Music Entertainer?

Jason Aldean

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Hannah’s Dream Date?

Blake Griffin

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Hannah’s favorite athlete?

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Something Hannah is afraid of?

Roller Coasters

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Spiders

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Does Jarrard do his homwork every night, last minute or always late?

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On Time

If Hannah wasn’t playing softball, she would do what?

Play Tennis

Play Tennis

Play Tennis

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5 Correct Out of 10 Mom takes a call strike three!

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The path to the medal stand at the Class 6A State Track Meet has been a long and winding road for Mikel Smith. Yet, according to the Muskogee High School senior, life’s rewards are all about what you do with your opportunities. It was while living as a child in Seattle Washington that Mikel’s life changed at age five, when he and his brother, Jacob, along with two sisters, Karolyn and Shayleen, were put into foster care. “I guess that’s what I mean by making the best of your opportunities,” said Smith. “Karolyn and I went one way while Jacob and Shay stayed together. Somehow I knew that we just had to do what we were told and hopefully things would work out.” Eventually, the four were reunited when they were adopted by Rhonda and William Smith. At age 11, after moving to Oklahoma, his parents separated leaving Mikel and his siblings to live with Rhonda. “Character is who you are,” said a quiet, mannered Smith. “It’s all about what you do, and how you do things when nobody is looking. My life’s experiences have made me the person I am. You just have to stay constant, always work hard, do your best and don’t complain.” “Mikel is a super young man,” applauded his track coach, David Heath. “He could have blamed someone else for his situation and felt sorry for himself, but he didn’t. He uses his strong work ethic and determination to reach his goals. Mikel understands what it takes to be a man in all aspects of his life.” Smith’s accomplishments bear truth to his beliefs. In addition to going to school and participating in athletics, Mikel’s responsibilities include working part time at McDonalds just to help out his family. “If I’d run, it would take me 10 minutes to get there from my house,” Smith confirmed. “I wanted to prove myself; and, make others, especially by brother and sisters, proud of me.” Smith’s determination to achieve what others may have doubted was demonstrated by his efforts in track for the Roughers. Smith’s best leap this spring was a jump of 6 feet, 8 inches followed by a sixth place finish at the Class 6A State Championships. “Coach Heath told me that I had to earn it,” recalled Smith with a smile. “That’s why I spent all last summer running and jumping everyday. I wanted to make the best of my opportunity. Standing on the medal stand was my reward. It was worth every minute.” With an already proven ability to overcome life’s obstacles, Mikel Smith looks forward to a future filled with opportunities. “I don’t know everything that’s ahead of me,” said Smith. “I just know that if you’re willing to do the right thing and do it all the time, there’s nothing you can’t overcome or achieve.”

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The distance between the dugout and the mound is much farther than just a few steps. Just ask Darren Riddle of Hilldale, who knows both sides of the feeling of the championship game. Yet, when the game is over, for the Hornets baseball and girls’ fastpitch softball coach over the past 13 seasons, success is measured more than just wins and losses, more than just rings and trophies.

The road traveled for Riddle began during his youth growing up in Stigler. “I’ve had a lot of help from some really great coaches,” recalled Riddle. “David McSpadden taught me so much more than just how to play the game. He taught us about the important things in life.”

“Doug Martin and Neal Perrin coached me in the summertime and both guys were really great,” said Riddle referencing his high school days. “Then, in college, I was fortunate to play for two Hall of Fame coaches, Mike Metheny at Southeastern and Perry Keith at Connors State. All those guys helped me more than I can ever give back.” “A few days after we won the state title, Coach McSpadden called me,” recalled Riddle. “He tracked me down by calling my parents to get my number just

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to congratulate me and encourage me. His concern for his players has never stopped. I hope I’m that kind of guy.”

Photo By John Hasler

Wins and losses definitely aren’t the most important thing,” said Riddle. “And in our business, a lot of coaches are hired or fired because of the winning or losing. For me, it’s all about being a good positive role model. Let your players see the real you through an open relationship where you handle things the right way everyday.”

“Sometimes its little things that keep you in check,” admitted Riddle. “Because of a crazy accident, one of our players broke his neck and you realize real quick there’s more than just winning another game. A lot of time kids, even the good players, need a sport more than a sport needs them because you can take so much about life from athletics. The relationships between players and coaches hopefully last forever.” Riddle understands the “family” approach to coaching having coached both of his daughters in softball. His oldest daughter, Danielle, will leave her father’s coaching to play college softball at the University of Arkansas while Destiny, who will be a sophomore this fall, will go in the circle to pitch like her sister.

“Before I ever started, I went to Danielle to ask her is that o-k with you,” asked Riddle. “She told me I want you to coach.”

“Then, I went to Mrs. Riddle,” said the coach with a smile. “Traci told me we’re in this together. It’s comforting to know she always backs me up.”

“There’s no doubt, winning the state championship is one of those special moments,” Riddle said with a crack of emotion in his voice recalling this year’s team as well as the 2004 squad that finished as a state runnerup. “My players and I have been on both sides of the emotions. The kids from ’04 still talk about it, it doesn’t go away. “This feeling definitely trumps that,” nodded Riddle. “We beat number 1-2-and-3 at the right time. I’m sure this memory will last forever.”

“Coaching gives you a chance to make a difference in the lives of your players,” said Riddle. “There’s no doubt they’ve certainly made a difference in mine.” “I love coaching for one simple reason, it’s because I love the kids like they’re my own.”

After seven years at Tushka and the past 13 seasons at Hilldale, Riddle voiced only one regret.

“I just wished I’d been in the middle of the dogpile after the last out,” laughed Riddle. The coaching success of Darren Riddle is evidenced through the lives of his players, today and yesterday. And, given his influence, future teams will seek to give their coach another chance to join the celebration.


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Hunter Harrison Hilldale


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Jenna Reed Tahlequah

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Cheyenne Johnson Fort Gibson

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Girls EMILY GOODWIN—WAGONER MIKAYLA TAYLOR—WAGONER CALLIE JONES—WAGONER KYNDAL WHITECOTTON—WAGONER LUCY DIEMAN—FORT GIBSON CALLI WEEDEN—FORT GIBSON STEFANI ROSS—FORT GIBSON KYNDRA JOHNSON—FORT GIBSON LILLIAN BEAR—FORT GIBSON SARAH MAY—TAHLEQUAH MADISON CAREY—TAHLEQUAH HALEY BRAVO--TAHLEQUAH JAYLYN WILLIS—KEYS ASHTIN DUDLEY—KEYS NATHALIE CARMAN—HILLDALE

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Family Tradition

Poteete Family Share America’s Game Together

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Sports fans in Oklahoma have many memories of their baseball heroes. Names like Carl Hubbell, Paul and Lloyd Waner, Dizzy Dean, Warren Spahn, and Mickey Mantle have been part of the discussions every summer, whether at the ball park or during family reunions. Talks about these baseball greats and how to play the game, no matter the situation, continue to be the majority of discussions whenever members of the Poteete family get together. And, now that Hilldale senior Jarrard Poteete and his teammates have won the 2012 Class 4A state championship, three title banners will hang in the family hallways and forever continue a e t tee Jarrard Po family tradition.

Herb, Shannon and Jarrard Poteete each know first hand the thrill of winning a state championship as a high school baseball player in Oklahoma. The elder Poteete was a part of the starting lineup for the family’s first title as a sophomore at Webbers Falls High School in 1961 while playing for Hall of Fame coach Denny Crabaugh. Jarrard’s dad, Shannon, walked off the field at Memorial Park in Shawnee in 1990 as the Stilwell Indians, coached by Tim Barton, captured the Class 4A championship. And, now 22 seasons after dad won the title, the youngest Poteete finishes his high school career at the same stadium in Shawnee with the same feeling and trophy as the 2012 Class 4A champions. The memories of those championship moments remain just as fresh as if it were yesterday. “Back then, the team to beat was Granite,” said Herb. “They were there every year no matter what. After we lost in the finals my freshman year, our team understood what it would take to become a champion. We beat Gary Looper and Granite by the score of 3-2 in the championship game.”

“Stilwell moved up to Class 4A in 1990,” said Shannon. “At the time, if you got beat in the first round, you went home. Then, after game one it was double elimination. We won the first three games by one run margins. Then, after a day of rain and our pitchers rested, we beat Miami in the finals.” “We got beat in the first round my freshman and sophomore year,” recalled Jarrard. “Then, last year, we stayed at home. So this year’s seniors headed back to Shawnee to complete unfinished business.” JUNE 2012

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Webbers Falls Warrios - 1961 “Every game was dramatic,” smiled the younger Poteete. “After finally getting past the first round with a win over Byng, we were three outs away from going home against Anadarko before we scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie it and then got one more in the eighth to move to the finals. And, beating #1-ranked Berryhill in the finals to win it all, that’s still gets my blood pumping.”

“When they scored the winning run, I got choked up,” said Shannon while holding back tears of joy. “When you’re in that atmosphere, you can hardly wait for your son to get a shot to win his championship and share the same feeling that me and my dad enjoyed.” “Obviously, you want it so bad for your kids,” winked Herb. “I remembered Shannon’s team winning the championship on the Photo By John Hasler

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same field and I wanted Jarrard to have the same reward. I know I wanted Jarrard to win it a lot more than I did as a player . But, it definitely brought back those memories from 51 years ago.” If not played out in practice on the field, certainly in family chats before and after the game talking about potential “whatif” scenarios, the Poteete trio has shared their love of America’s game and how to approach every game and potential situation.

Shanno Stilwelln Poteete

“We’ve talked about it a lot,” said Jarrard. “When Pap-paw played, a lot of people have told me he was really good and Dad had a lot of success too. He was an All-Stater his senior year. After every game, whether I went home to Grandma and Pap-Paw’s house or with dad and mom, baseball always got brought up.”

“There would always be some advice mixed in with a lot of encouragement,” recalled Shannon. “Dad was my coach until my senior year. Our talks have always been based on those “been there done that” experiences.

“Jarrard, Shannon and I had those same what-if discussions before that last game this year at Shawnee,” said Herb. “It’s just how we’ve always done it.” “It gave me more confidence,” admitted Jarrard. “I know they know their stuff and it helped me prepare for whatever happened.” The skills of the game have been shared by the trio. Grandpa, who played third base and pitcher back in the day, was a right handed hitter and thrower. Shannon, despite doing everything else left handed, played like his father.

“I learned to play with the wrong hand,” confirmed Shannon. I was naturally a southpaw, a lefty. But as far as baseball, I played right handed.” Jarrard’s talents as a catcher are proven with a strong right arm


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and accurate release from his squatted position behind the plate throwing out a daring base runner trying to steal second. At the plate, the youngest Poteete gains an advantage batting left handed.

“My mom played softball in high school too,” admits Jarrard. “She threw right handed but hit left. Same thing for my uncle, throw right and bat left. So, when Mom, Dad and Pap-paw put my hands on the bat that way, I just felt natural. I think it gives me an advantage at the plate.” Baseball has provided opportunities for the Poteete family, past and present. “Baseball was my ticket to a college degree and a long career in education,” said Herb with appreciation for a college scholarship to Connors State and eventually Oral Roberts University. Without baseball, who knows what might have happened.”

“It gave me more confidence. I know they know their stuff and it helped me prepare for whatever happened.” -Jarrard Poteete

“Baseball was my road to school,” recalled Shannon while remembering his college playing days at Connors and then Southwestern State in Weatherford. “While I was at Southwestern, Jarrard was born so it was time to go to work.”

“College is still definitely an option,” admits Jarrard. “I’ve had talks with scouts from the Braves, Royals, Padres, White Sox and the Rays. We’ll just have to see how it goes in the June draft.”

Each of the three is different regarding their favorite players and favorite teams. Herb, who shows up to the ballpark sporting the bright red hat with the Cardinals resting on the bats, remains a lifelong St. Louis fan boasting of Ken Boyer and Bob Gibson. Shannon favors the Texas Rangers and the play at the plate of

Mark McGwire. Jarrard, on the other hand, his favorite team changes.

“We’ve had our spirited discussions about whose the better team,” said Shannon. “Dad has always loved the Cardinals. I guess I chose the Rangers just to be different. But Jarrard, he’s had a lot of favorite teams.” “Most of the Poteetes, along with my mom’s family, are Cardinal fans,” said Jarrard. “So, I like the Cardinals. And Johnny Bench has always been my favorite player. But, whoever picks me in June, if that happens, that will be my favorite team for sure.” Another Poteete baseball tradition includes a well preserved collection of baseball cards compiled by Herb since his childhood days.

“Growing up, if I got an Herb Poteete extra nickel, I run over to We bbers Falls the candy store and I buy another pack of baseball cards,” claimed Herb. “Those are special. The cards go all the way back to the fifties.”

“Dad and I have looked through Pap-paw’s cards many times,” said Jarrard. “It just gives me more appreciation for what baseball means to our family.”

So if, or when the youngest member of the family tradition gets the call to the big leagues, there’s sure to be another prized family possession, a baseball card bearing the name of Poteete. And, for sure, many more hours of talking the game of baseball, something that the Poteete family has and always will share together. After all, it’s a family tradition. M AY 2 0 1 2

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Jake Johnson of Tahlequah finished 7th overall in Class 5A medalist honors while the Tigers battled their way to a 9th Sophomore sensation Hannah Ward led the charge as Poteau place spot in the team title chase won by Tulsa Bishop Kelley captured the school’s first golf title with a whopping 21-stroke High advantage. Ward fired rounds of 76 and 74 for a 36-hole total as the Comets edged outSchool Shawnee Football in a playoff. Preview 150 to win 4A medalist honors. Her teammate Addie Guthrie’s We packed our annual high school football preview place in top 10 finish along with play from Cathleen Manlove, Wesley Jackson’s playwith lifted Fort Gibson a 9ththan edition information fromto more 420finish schools. the Class 4A team championship asthe theRunning Chargers ofasHeritage Skylynn Terry and Paitton Callery was more than enough to 2011 was the Year of Backs VYPE Hall garnered first place. Poteau finished 11th overall while outdistance the field as the Lady Pirates opened the two-day featured the members of TAILBACK HIGH on the Hilldale sophomore Chandler among theTalbert 4A of tournament with a 356 team score then added a 364 on Day 2 covering includingPuckett Alex Rosswas of Jenks, Chase Rob Boyd & Rowdy Simon—Vian. The to clinch the team title with a 720. Courtney Cunningham’s field of golfers. Claremore, Eric Dockins of Broken Bow, Sheldon Wilson talented pair are two big reasons the Ben Oberste—Sallisaw. Thelifted BlackHilldale to a third of Anadarko, Barry J. Sanders of Heritage Hall, Andrew 6th place finish place finish while Fort Wolverines will be in the hunt for the Diamonds offensive hopes would once Long of Southmoore of Norman. Class 2A championship. CombinedZac Oliver of Checotah Gibson inof the 6th junior place position. traversed and the Donovan DornickRoberts Hills layout again center aroundlanded the skills their with an experienced junior class, Vian’s in Ardmore playing his way to a 5th place medalist honor and quarterback after passing for 1,279 during expectations are sky high. his sophomore season. earning Class 3A All-State awards. Stigler finished in 8th place “We’re very excited,” Poteau coach Randall Wheat said. “This is the first team title for any girls sport in 33 years. And, the as Oklahoma Christian won the team title. future looks good as four of the girls will be back next year.” Cameron golfer Kody Whitehead made school history with Muskogee senior Catrina Pearson, competing for a 4th a top 15 finish as the Leflore County school’s first ever golfer consecutive season in the Class 6A state tournament was part to qualify for the Class 2A state golf tournament. Rejoice of Muskogee’s team chances as the Lady Roughers entered Christian won the team championship. the field in the team race for the first time since 2004. Pearson fired the low round of the two-day event at Muskogee Country Club with a 1-under par round of 70 while earning Class 6A All-State honors.

August

ALL-STATE—The Oklahoma Coaches WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS - The rewards of a Association All-State were held In Class 2A,games Oktaha was going for its fourth straightat title, but park came true long hot summer the ball in Tulsa as players Three fell threefrom strokes shyRivers as Hinton eked title withRebels a 699by winning the forout thethe River Valley competed for the East teams. “Thanks for nd 10 & Under World Series. team score. The Lady Tigers 2 place finish was highlighted by the Memories”

the play of Kailey Campbell, Madyson Fox and Jaylie Roper. Campbell, last year’s individual champion, finished in third place for medalist honors while Fox placed fifth.

While Comanche won the Class 3A team title, Eufaula’s Faith Lasiter battled the Fountainhead Creek course to finish in 9th place lifting the Ironheads to a top 10 finish while Katie Lemler propelled Keys Lady Cougars into the top 10 teams. Tahlequah’s Emily Pippin competed individually in Class 5A earning a top-20 finish as Duncan claimed the overall team championship.

Randee O’Donnell—Tahlequah. Brayden Scott—Sequoyah On the boys side of theThe course, Stephen Allen of Muskogee Tahlequah. The will once again ride the passing Lady Tigers lineup filled the with6A proven was backisamong field for thirdIndians straight season along talents of their strong armed quarterback talent including O’Donnell at shortstop as “Cub” returns from a sophomore season in search of another fast-pitch state including 2,132 yards and 20 touchdowns. tournament appearance.

Countdown to Kickoff As the 2011 gridiron season begins, expectations for success are only surpassed by the level of talents on the football field including Jake Gandara of Fort Gibson, Victor Williams and Dillon Rice of Muskogee, Dalton Cunningham and Jarrard Poteete of Hilldale, Rob Boyd and Rowdy Simon of Vian and Wagoner’s standout running back Kevin Peterson. M AY 2 0 1 2 | V Y P E O K . C O M 23


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Dawgs On the Loose—Wagoner’s Kerwin Thomas (#5) follows the lead of Taylor Bosco (#12) en route to the end zone underneath the Friday night lights.

Two Against One—Play at the net was spirited among volleyball teams in Three Rivers including the Tahlequah Tigers standouts Casey Beaston (#8) and Sarah May (#12).

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Circle of Influence—Danielle Riddle of Hilldale delivered the pitch for the Hornets during fast-pitch competition. Riddle will take her skills to the next level on a softball scholarship to the University of Arkansas.

Today’s Heroes-Tomorrow’s Stars—The Indian Nations Football Conference is the training grounds for tomorrow’s high school standouts including Muskogee 2nd grader Alex Hall on the way to his first touchdown for the Roughers.

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Mustang Mania—High School Volleyball is more than just “O-Kay” for the Lady Mustangs paced by the efforts of Bristen Graves (#20), Brook Long (#21) and Miesha Gordon on way to a state tournament appearance and 31-win season.

Riders On The Storm—With a new look to the old school Wing-T offense, Marcus Smith (#10), Brandon Tharp (#18), Charles Stewart (#1)and Chris Vance (#6) has Hulbert fans believing a playoff spot is ahead.

Dawg Pound Oklahoma’s passion for high school football is a proven fact. Perhaps no better example is found underneath the lights in Wagoner and the Bulldogs “Home-grown Success.”

Solid Gold Performance—Cheerleading teams from 11 schools in Three Rivers were among 109 teams competing as the Keys Cougars captured the Small Co-Ed Cheerleading State Championship for the third time in the last four years.

Action On the Diamond —Fast pitch softball teams continued to play toward state championship including Nikki Collins of Wagoner


November

“We’re Number One”—The Panama Lady Razorbacks completed a Cinderella season as Taylor Eaves pitching and solid defense captured the Class 2A Fast-Pitch State Championship.

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“Battle For The Rock”—the annual crossriver rivalry between Hilldale and Fort Gibson produces another exciting chapter as Matt Brown (#78) carries off “the Rock” following the Hornets victory.

olfers from Three Rivers topped the leaderboards during the 2012 state tournaments including a Class 4A State Championship for the Poteau Lady Pirates.

with teammate Spencer Smythe playing at Karsten Creek. Edmond North won the team title for a 9th straight year.

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Sophomore sensation Hannah Ward led the charge as Poteau captured the school’s first golf title with a whopping 21-stroke advantage. Ward fired rounds of 76 and 74 for a 36-hole total 150 to win 4A medalist honors. Her teammate Addie Guthrie’s In the rural Sequoyah County community of Vian, top 10 finish along with play from Cathleen Manlove, Wesley Jackson’s play is lifted to a 9thmore placeoffinish football moreFort thanGibson just a game…it’s a way in of Skylynn Terry and Paitton Callery was more than enough to the Class 4A team championship as the Chargers of Heritage life as fans, young and old alike, fill the stands to cheer th outdistance field as the Lady Pirates the two-dayStarr ofHall garnered first overall place. Poteauevery finished 11night, for the Wolverines Friday homewhile and away. “This Girl Can Run”—Asthe cross country “Be Aopened Champion”—Wesley runners battled the course, Gourd Muskogee that tournament withAndi a 356 team score then addeddemonstrates a 364 on Day 2 Character Hilldale sophomore Chandler Puckett was among the 4A of Central Sallisaw step title up towith claima 720. Courtney Counts as Respect—Opportunity— to clinchtook the ateam Cunningham’s field of golfers. the silver medal at the Class 2A state Achievement—and Determination are a th 6 place finish lifted Hilldale to a third place finish while Fort championship after a third place finish a way of life…every day and every way. th Zac Oliver of Checotah traversed the Dornick Hills layout year ago. Gibson landed in the 6 place position. in Ardmore playing his way to a 5th place medalist honor and earning Class 3A All-State awards. Stigler finished in 8th place “We’re very excited,” Poteau coach Randall Wheat said. “This is the first team title for any girls sport in 33 years. And, the as Oklahoma Christian won the team title. future looks good as four of the girls will be back next year.” Cameron golfer Kody Whitehead made school history with Muskogee senior Catrina Pearson, competing for a 4th a top 15 finish as the Leflore County school’s first ever golfer consecutive season in the Class 6A state tournament was part to qualify for the Class 2A state golf tournament. Rejoice of Muskogee’s team chances as the Lady Roughers entered Christian won the team championship. the field in the team race for the first time since 2004. Pearson fired the low round of the two-day event at Muskogee Country Club with a 1-under par round of 70 while earning Class 6A All-State honors.

December

Seth Youngblood—The “Runnin’ Rangers” of Jodi Glover—A member of the defending In Class 2A, Oktaha was going for its Roland fourth straight but the talents of an will againtitle, showcase Class 4A State Champions, the talented Fort offense full court defense as fell three strokes shy as Hinton eked up outtempo the title withand a 699 Gibson guard looks to lead the Lady Tigers nd the junior playmaker looks team score. The Lady Tigers 2 place finish was highlighted byto guide Roland to a repeat championship season. back to the Big House.

the play of Kailey Campbell, Madyson Fox and Jaylie Roper. Campbell, last year’s individual champion, finished in third place for medalist honors while Fox placed fifth.

While Comanche won the Class 3A team title, Eufaula’s Faith Lasiter battled the Fountainhead Creek course to finish in 9th place lifting the Ironheads to a top 10 finish while Katie Lemler propelled Keys Lady Cougars into the top 10 teams. Tahlequah’s Emily Pippin competed individually in Class 5A earning a top-20 finish as Duncan claimed the overall team championship.

Hali Logan—the Lady Tigers boast four returning starters and seek to challenge “OurAllen Time”—With a lineup including OnBall the in boys side the course, Stephen of Muskogee for the Gold Class 2Aofpaced four returning starters, the Muskogee back amongthree the 6Ayear field for third straight season along Lady Roughers begin their quest of a by the playwas of the talented Class 6A State Tournament appearance starter. in 2011-2012.

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January Kevin Peterson—On the Bulldogs Road to Redemption, Kevin Peterson delivered a solid gold performance by rushing for 246 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-0 win over Clinton and VYPE Football Player of the Year honors.

Road to Redemption As the Friday Night Lights were turned off, the Wagoner Bulldogs not only reached the finish line but achieved their season long goal on the Road To Redemption to win the Class 4A State Championship.

Case Shearwood—The talented quarterback of the Stigler Panthers proved why he was selected to the ALL-VYPE Football team.

Taylor Eaves—the strong arm of the Panama Lady Razorbacks tossed back to back shutouts to lead her team to a Class 2A fastpitch championship and ALL-VYPE Player of the Year Honors.

“It’s More Than Just A Game”—High school basketball players and coaches know the importance of their efforts during the 32nd annual Bedouin Shrine Basketball Tournament as the true champions are the “Shriners Kids.”

February Brooks Robertson—The talented junior for the Rangers has fans believing this is the year that Roland can win it all in Class 4A boys basketball.

Julia Hill—The Lady Tigers enter the final month as the #1 ranked team in Class 4A as the talented senior guard teams with three other starters from 2011 in search of a repeat state championship.

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Tustin Tyler—the standout wrestler for the Poteau Pirates earned a repeat championship during the Paul Post Classic in Sallisaw.

Caitlyn Craig—National Signing Day featured the talents of Three Rivers standouts including the Fort Gibson pitcher who signed a letter of intent to play for Connors State College.


March “Back 2 Back”—The Fort Gibson girls swim team delivered their fastest times of the season and captured the Class 5A team title and the Academic State Championship for a second straight year.

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“Hornet-Power”—With a solid effort throughout the lineup, Hilldale won the Class 4A State Power-Lifting Championship sponsored by the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association.

olfers from Three Rivers topped the leaderboards during the 2012 state tournaments including a Class 4A State Championship for the Poteau Lady Pirates.

with teammate Spencer Smythe playing at Karsten Creek. Edmond North won the team title for a 9th straight year.

Jake Johnson of Tahlequah finished 7th overall in Class 5A medalist honors while the Tigers battled their way to a 9th place spot in the team title chase won by Tulsa Bishop Kelley as the Comets edged out Shawnee in a playoff.

Sophomore sensation Hannah Ward led the charge as Poteau captured the school’s first golf title with a whopping 21-stroke advantage. Ward fired rounds of 76 and 74 for a 36-hole total March Madness 150 to win 4A medalist honors. Her teammate Addie Guthrie’s top 10 finish along with play from Cathleen Manlove, Wesley Jackson’s Fort Gibsonisto a 9th place Theplay roadlifted to a championship a journey filledfinish with in Skylynn Terry and Paitton Callery was more than enough to the Class 4A team championship as the Chargers of Heritage defending champions, top ranked teams and those outdistance the field as the Lady Pirates opened the two-day overall while Hall garnered first Poteau finished 11thteams withplace. Cinderella seasons as seven successfully tournament with a 356 team score then added a 364 on Day 2 Hilldale sophomore Chandler Puckett was among the 4A reached the high school basketball state tournament. to clinch the team title with a 720. Courtney Cunningham’s field of golfers. 6th place finish lifted Hilldale to a third place finish while Fort “Stilwell Strong”—Winning his position. “Whitney Miller”—Like the sparkle of Oliver of Checotah traversed the Dornick Hills layout Gibson landed all in three the 6thofplace Zac matches in the first period, Logan Byrd of a diamond, the life of Whitney Miller in Ardmore playing his way to a 5th place medalist honor and Stilwell captured the gold medal at 220 enhanced the path of everyone she met and earning Class 3A All-State awards. Stigler finished in 8th place “We’re very excited,” Poteau coach Randall Wheat said. “This pounds at the Class 4A State Wrestling helped anyone who ever met her reach their Championships. full potential. is the first team title for any girls sport in 33 years. And, the as Oklahoma Christian won the team title. future looks good as four of the girls will be back next year.” Cameron golfer Kody Whitehead made school history with Muskogee senior Catrina Pearson, competing for a 4th a top 15 finish as the Leflore County school’s first ever golfer consecutive season in the Class 6A state tournament was part to qualify for the Class 2A state golf tournament. Rejoice of Muskogee’s team chances as the Lady Roughers entered Christian won the team championship. the field in the team race for the first time since 2004. Pearson fired the low round of the two-day event at Muskogee Country A Row”—Catrina Club with a 1-under par round of 70 “Four whileIn earning Class 6A Pearson of Muskogee seeks to qualify for the Class 6A “Like Father…Like Son”—Tennis is a game All-State honors. state tournament for a fourth consecutive

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to repeat In Class 2A, Oktaha was going for itsOktaha fourth seek straight title, as butClass 2A fell three strokes shy as Hinton ekedchampions. out the title with a 699 team score. The Lady Tigers 2nd place finish was highlighted by the play of Kailey Campbell, Madyson Fox and Jaylie Roper. Campbell, last year’s individual champion, finished in third place for medalist honors while Fox placed fifth.

While Comanche won the Class 3A team title, Eufaula’s Faith Lasiter battled the Fountainhead Creek course to finish in 9th place lifting the Ironheads to a top 10 finish while Katie Lemler propelled Keys Lady Cougars into the top 10 teams. Tahlequah’s Emily Pippin competed individually in Class 5A earning a top-20 finish as Duncan claimed the overall team championship. Logan Byrd—With a combined record of Hannah Cantrell—Winning gold in the 50yd 27-1 that included 25 falls, 23 in the first freestyle and gold on the Fort Gibson Lady period, the talented Stilwell wrestler earned Tigers 200yd freestyle relay plus 2 silver On the boys side of the course, Stephen Allen Muskogee ALL-VYPE Wrestler of the Year following a medals, theoftalented swimmer captured was back among the 6A field for thirdALL-VYPE straight season along 2nd consecutive state championship. Swimmer of the Year honors.

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Jesse Woodson After moving from Gabon, Africa during his seventh grade year, Jesse Woodson has been demonstrating his soccer skills and leadership traits since stepping on to the pitch day one. season the senior standout During the 2012 season, played forward, center-mid and defensive midfield. Woodson totaled 11 goals and 7 assists to captain the Poteau Pirates soccer team to the Class 4A state semi-finals.  During his four year career on the pitch for Poteau, Woodson became the school's all-time leader with a total of 65 sco goals scored.  For his efforts, Woodson was selected to the Oklahoma Soccer Coaches Association 4A East All-State team. “Jesse is a born leader,” said Pirates’ coach Neto Silva. “Jesse was our leading scorer the first three years of his career. His speed is deceiving giving him the ability to gain an advantage on the break. And, because of his defensive abilities, players on our team would look for Jesse whenever we needed a big play.” A solid student in the classroom, Woodson will look to continue to play soccer in college while pursuing his degree in science and engineering.

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Sydney Lawrence—Standing 4-foot-9, the ever smiling Stilwell freshman ran away from the field to win the 1600m and 3200m events at the Class 4A State Track Championships

Kevin Peterson—Despite moving up to Class 5A competition, the Bulldogs’ speedster won gold in the 100m dash while earning a silver medal in the 200m dash.

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Jesse Woodson—the talented senior forward paced the “road trip” for the Poteau Pirates en route to the semi-finals in the Class 4A soccer championships.

Taylor Jordan—The Queen of the Courts from Midway completed her senior season with an undefeated 29-0 record and the Class 4A State Championship at #1 singles.

As the 2011-12 school year ends, Hilldale baseball won the Class 4A championship while Sequoyah Tahlequah claimed the Class 5A slow-pitch softball crown and Poteau won the Class 4A girls golf state title including medalist honors for Hannah Ward.

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