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24 | Sister Act
We Love Fall VYPE goes One-on-One with Mallory and Jessica Collins of Sand Springs. The Collins sisters are varsity fastpitch softball players for head coach Shelli Brown at Charles Page High School. VYPE grabbed the pair to find out what it’s like being teammates for the first time.
28 | Tulsa Resurgence
In the last decade Tulsa University football has raised the bar and expectations for future Golden Hurricane teams. From 11-win seasons and a Conference USA Championship, we take a look back at the last ten years of Golden Hurricane football.
38 | Bigger is Better
41 | Cheer On
In 2007 VYPE Magazine ran a story on this up and coming football player from McLain High School. He was deemed, “The Next Big Thing.” That “Big Thing” turned out to be Shawn Jackson, starting linebacker and one of the best to ever play the position for Tulsa. Lynn Jacobsen catches up with the big man in his final season.
We’re already halfway through the fall season and state champions have been crowned in cheer, fastpitch softball and volleyball. Congratulations to all the teams that reached state in their respective sports. To the state champions – well done!
It’s hard to imagine we are at the midway point of football. As of press time our preseason predictions are holding true for the most part. Jenks continues to be the team to beat in Class 6A. Defending 5A champion Carl Albert is off to a strong start, but Guthrie is not a team to be overlooked. Class 4A teams to watch include 2012 state champion Clinton, Anadarko and Woodward out of District 4A-1 and the metro area’s top pick Wagoner in District 4A-3. District 4A-4 frontrunner Poteau has to be in discussions as well. Class 3A could be a four-team race with Blanchard, Seminole, Kingfisher and Cushing all capable of reaching Stillwater in early December. But don’t overlook Berryhill. Davis is still the favorite in Class 2A with Ringling (A) and Tipton (C) getting the early nods. Class B is up for grabs with any number of teams still undefeated at the midway point. Cross Country will crown team and individual champions the first week of November. Work has already begun on the VYPE Basketball Preview as we look ahead to the winter months. Best of luck to all our teams, athletes and coaches as we continue the 2013-14 school year. Please remember to visit our sponsors as they make it possible for us to bring readers the monthly magazines at no cost. Follow us on twitter @vypeok, email us at Oklahoma@vype.com, like us on facebook or simply give us a shout out at a game. Thanks for reading VYPE magazine.
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Union took top honors in Class 6A and Broken Arrow dominated the Large CoEd group the state cheer competition this year held at Gallagher-Iba Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Take a closer look at each class break down, as VYPE was there to cover all of the action.
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42 | Fall Sports Roundup
Softball and volleyball crowned their champions this month. Would Broken Arrow have enough to defeat the Southmoore Lady Sabercats or could Hilldale capture the title in Class 4A? In volleyball Class 6A was clearly stacked, while Class 5A Lincoln Christian came on strong and competed for the title.
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Lynda Bell, mother of Bixby softball player Katie Bell, is the Tulsa area Mom of the Month. Lynda has been there for her daughter Katie through good times and bad. When asked why her mom should be chosen as mom of the month Katie said “she has been a supportive mother for me my whole life, especially after my dad died. My mom has been cheering me on since I started playing at the age of five. She makes sure I have the best possible chances to go far in my softball career and in life.” Lynda is a stay at home mom who is also involved in the booster club and does spirit boosting activities for the Bixby softball team.
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Owasso Lady Rams Softball Team Concept Carried Lady Rams in 2013 Heavy graduation losses were expected to leave Owasso shorthanded in softball this season. Someone apparently forgot to tell the girls.
“We lost a lot of kids that went on to play in college,” said Lady Rams softball coach Shane Eicher. “If you had told me we would win more than 20 games with so many new players, I would have laughed.
“It’s a different group. We didn’t rely on one player. We got it done as a team. I’ve really enjoyed this group of kids. They were a fun group to coach. They worked hard.” It is that team concept that earned Owasso the Envision Team of the
Eicher pointed to the leadership of seniors Brooke Curtis, Skylar Compton, Kenzie Stevens, Emily Bevan and Katy Taylor for the easy transition.
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“They did a great job,” Eicher said. “All five started and were instrumental in our success. I’m so proud of Katy and Skylar, they had to wait their turn to play varsity because of players ahead of them. Both played junior varsity last year and made the most of their opportunities this year. They showed the younger girls that hard
word does indeed pay off.”
The future looks bright with all three pitchers back in 2014 in Lauren Jenkins, Jaycee Forth and Jentri Sinor. Position players returning include Rachel Perry, Allie Eicher, Mikayla Waggnor, A.J. Waggnor, Emily Perry, Madison Bata, Monya Downing, Kylie Campbell and Brittany Garrison.
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Chicago Bear running back Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as the NFL’s career rushing leader. Payton would finish his career as a nine-time Pro Bowl selectee, Super Bowl XX MVP and is a member of the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fames.
The Dallas Cowboys trade running back Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings. The trade involved 18 players and draft picks. Known as “The Great Train Robbery,” it is the largest trade in NFL history.
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Shala Sutter Bixby Softball Shala Sutter is a senior at Bixby High School where she plays varsity softball for head coach Joy Marie Galliart. The third baseman helped the Lady Spartans to the finals of the regional tournament. Known for good power at the plate and great defense at third, Shala has decided to play college softball for Carl Albert State College next fall.
Mikequan Deane Memorial Football Senior running back Mikequan Deane had a game for the record books against Durant. The Memorial Charger football player rushed for 429 yards and six touchdowns setting a school record. This season Mikequan was selected to the VYPE Top 100 and has garnered looks from several major universities. Expect Mikequan and the Chargers to continue building on their success.
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Mallory and Jessica Collins are more than just sisters. For the first time in their lives the sisters were teammates on the varsity softball team.
harder on her just to make her “It's funny when Jessica more successful. tries to dive, she just JC: It's different playing with belly flops then lays there older girls, but I like it. (laughs).” VYPE: Have you played on the -Mallory Collins same team before at any level or age? VYPE: Are you guys more like MC: No we have not. rivals or more supportive of each other? JC: No VYPE: What positions do you play? MC: We’re definitely support each other. You can see our sister bond MC: Pitcher and second base. on the field a lot just because we JC: Second base and outfield. know each others strengths and weaknesses. VYPE: So here’s a tough question, who’s better at the plate and JC: Both! We are competitive at who’s better in the field? practice but supportive in Mallory Collins is a senior at games. Charles Page High School while MC: I think I'm better at younger sister Jessica Collins is a the plate. I'm a power VYPE: What’s the freshman at Central Ninth Grade hitter, and she's a funniest thing you’ve Center. The pair make for a unique bunter. But she has seen your sister do on tandem in the dugout for head me beat in the field. the field? coach Shelli Brown. “How about She's quick. MC: It's funny when double trouble (laughs)? I know it’s JC: Mallory is Jessica tries to dive, she even been more special for them better at just belly flops then being able to play a year together both. lays there (laughs). and going to state.” JC: She gives VYPE got the two sisters to sit three claps down and discuss life on and off for the field, funny moments playing together and what the season has been like as teammates. VYPE: So what has it been like playing together at the varsity level? MC: It's been something I have been looking forward to for years, it's harder for her because I go Mallory Collins VYPEOK.COM
everyone that makes an error. VYPE: Tell us your most memorable moment this season? MC: We have a handshake that we made up and we do it every time something good happens. I will remember my baby sister playing my senior year of high school with me. JC: Winning regionals would be my most memorable moment, but Iâ€™ll always remember being with my sister. VYPE: This is for Mallory, what advice would you give your sister as she prepares for the rest of her high school years? MC: It's stressful but as long as you keep an open mind and big heart, it's so possible. Always smile and never stop reaching for your goal. VYPE: Jessica this one's for you. What advice would you give your sister as she prepares for the next chapter in her life? JC: Stay awesome, never give up! I will always be your No.1 fan no matter what. Keep being you!
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Kragthorpe, ’03 Class Lead Tulsa Football Resurgence Two 11-win Seasons, Two C-USA Championships, Eight Bowl Appearances Highlight Decade. to build a successful recruiting base. But that is exactly what Kragthorpe did. His first recruiting class included nine local players, two destined to be future TU Hall of Famers in quarterback Paul Smith and linebacker Nick Bunting.
James Kilian ('04) By Lynn Jacobsen
Coming off back-to-back 1-11 seasons in 2001-02, new head coach Steve Kragthorpe was greeted with a clear message – win and win big or the football program could be dropped. The former Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach answered the bell and then some, guiding Tulsa to winning seasons in three of his four years before passing the torch to Todd Graham and current head coach Bill Blankenship.
From 2003-12, Tulsa was 84-47 with five bowl victories in eight appearances, captured the school's two Conference USA football championships (2005, 2012), posted two 11-win seasons and two 10-win years. All of which helped erase the bad taste of the previous decade in which the Golden Hurricane were 30-80 with no more than five victories in any season.
The previous decade was highlighted by a 20-0 victory that ended a 17game losing streak and prompted Tulsa fans to tear down the north goal post - not exactly the foundation 20
Smith, the 2007 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, is the school’s career passing leader with 10,936 yards while Bunting earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2003 and ranks 10th in career tackles with 327. In the last decade Tulsa turned in four of the Top 10 career passing performances. Joining Smith is G.J. Kinne (200911) second with 9,477 passing yards, James Kilian (2001-04) seventh overall with 4,865 yards and David Johnson (200508) ninth with 4,531. Additionally, current running backs Trey Watts and Ja’Terian Douglas also rank in the Top 10 in career rushing. It all started with the 2003 team, which will be honored at the North Texas-Tulsa game Nov. 30. Kragthorpe, currently the football
administrator at Louisiana State University, is scheduled to be at the game. “That ’03 team hasn’t gotten the recognition they deserve,” said Kragthorpe. “They didn’t win a championship, they didn’t win a bowl game. But what they did was change the direction of Tulsa football forever.
“That first (four-year) class we had went to three bowl games (2003, ’05, ’06) won a C-USA championship (’05) and really saved Tulsa football. In all likelihood if it wasn’t saved at that point in time, it was probably not going to be resuscitated.” Kragthorpe’s first season was filled with over 200 speaking engagements, but it was his first encounter with the team that remains the most vivid.
“The players wouldn’t even look up at me,” Kragthorpe said. “They looked like they were a bunch of dogs that had been whipped with a newspaper. They were downtrodden. They didn’t have a lot of confidence, hadn’t won a lot of games and they weren’t sure the direction the program was going. I’m sure they had heard rumors and wondered what was going to happen
with TU football.
“The biggest thing I tried to do was instill confidence in them right away that we would find a way to get it done. I used the percentages to the coaches, that in our day if 95 percent went bad and five percent good that we accentuate that five percent. We had to do it a few times. What we did have was senior leadership. Guys like Austin Chadwick, Jorma Bailey, Jeremy Davis, Max Kraus, and Romby Bryant. They were really good leaders, who wanted to be good,
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wanted to finish their careers on a positive note.” Ironically, Tulsa’s first game in 2003 took the Golden Hurricane to Minnesota, the site of one of Kragthorpe’s biggest wins as an assistant with the Bills 10 months earlier against the Vikings.
“We trailed 35-0 at the half,” Kragthorpe said. “I’m walking up the ramp at halftime and I’m thinking what the hell did I get myself involved in with this deal. I remember thinking what am I going to tell these guys to get them to play hard in the second half. But they did.
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“Then the next week we go to Fayetteville to play a really good Arkansas team. Even though the scoreboard didn’t indicate it, I thought we played them tooth and nail for a long, long time.”
What the scoreboard revealed after two weeks was a Tulsa team that had been outscored by a combined 9413. Next on the schedule was Texas State. Tulsa led 7-3 against what many considered a mediocre team. “You could feel the tension in the locker room at halftime,” Kragthorpe said. “We played so tentatively. I told the guys to play hard and don’t worry about what will happen. I said I will take the blame if things don’t go right and if they do, I will give them all the credit.” Tulsa
responded with a 41-15 victory, which started a three-game win streak, which was followed by a fivegame win streak en route to an 8-5 season and an invite to the Humanitarian
Paul Smith ('07) Bowl. It was the first winning season and bowl bid in over a decade. But the season wasn’t without its share of drama. The team needed a win at San Jose State to secure its first bowl bid since 1991. Kilian was injured in the first half of the game, forcing Tulsa to turn to a true freshman at quarterback in Smith.
“I had played a couple of insignificant snaps at Arkansas and in some other games,” Smith said. “They were trying to redshirt me. James breaks his collarbone in the first half. The coaches are thinking about their bowl game bonuses, the seniors are thinking about our great season of turning around a 1-11 program and it all going down the drain (without and I’m thinking ('05) James) about getting to be the hero. OCTOBER 2013
continued to be a tricky proposition for Tulsa. Facilities were in desperate need of an upgrade, which caused Kragthorpe and his staff to get a little creative, Smith said.
Liberty Bowl Champions 2005 “It was a shaky start. My first pass attempt went backward. From that point on, it went pretty well for me.” Smith rallied the team from a 12-point deficit for a 34-32 victory. Kragthorpe also recalled the Kilian injury.
“We were running a speed option play and James gets hit on the goal line,” Kragthorpe said. “He got up shaking his arm. I called timeout to see if he was okay. He said he might have broken his collarbone. I said you think or you did. There’s a difference. I asked if he could throw the pass and he said yes. We got the touchdown. He jogs over to the sideline and said it’s broken.
“It happened a couple of minutes before halftime. Paul went in for a series. I told the trainer do not take off James’ shoulder pads; do not ice his shoulder on the sidelines. I didn’t want to give them time to dial a lot of blitz packages on Paul. We lost three guys that game.” Even with the success, recruiting
“There was seven or eight of us on that trip,” Smith said. “They knew our high school Paul Smith & Garrett Mills numbers and had printed our names on the back of (TU) in the backside of the campus by game jerseys. They had us put on the law school, go by the business the jersey; they took us to the old school, the fitness center, the new ramp on the northwest corner of the tennis courts then circle back around stadium and told us we could run to the Reynolds Center and the new down the ramp just like in a game. weight room. On Saturday night, as “Of course it was at night, which was soon as it was dark, we would bring the recruits into the stadium.” a very strategic move. “They told us they wanted us to have that kind of cool game day experience of running out on the field. They tricked us into thinking it was a cool deal that we got to run out on the field with our names on the (scoreboard). For that night all the light bulbs were working on the scoreboard. We all thought it was cool. That was just a small piece of how Steve Kragthorpe was going to do things right and have fun.”
Said Kragthorpe, “We called it the ‘Cover of Darkness.’ We never showed (recruits) Skelly Stadium in the daylight and never, ever showed them the offices. We would come
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In 2004, Tulsa took a step back with a five-win season but rebounded with a nine-win season in 2005 and an eight-win campaign in ’06,
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Hawai'i Bowl Champions 2010 signaling the end of the Kragthorpe era as he would go on to coach Louisville.
Todd Graham followed as head coach from 2007-10 and guided the Golden Hurricane to a 36-17 record and three bowl victories. Highlighting the Graham years was a 28-27 upset of Notre Dame in South Bend in 2010. “That was such a huge win for the program,” said Blankenship, an assistant to Graham. “We bounced back from a five-win season the year before, went to the Hawaii’ Bowl and finished the season ranked in the Top 25. All of sudden, we were thinking okay we’re here. We’re back.”
Under Blankenship, Tulsa was 8-5 the first year and 11-3 the second, winning the program’s second C-USA title. Blankenship credits Kragthorpe and his staff for the resurrection.
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“It was just a right time, right place, right guy, right setting situation,” Blankenship said. “But also the thing that can’t get lost in this is the changing of the administration. When President Steadman Upham arrived here there was a commitment to athletics.
“We’ve continued to catch the wave but the real beginning was coach Kragthorpe’s staff and the 2003 team that went to the Humanitarian Bowl. That was the tipping point that started the ball rolling. We were fortunate with coach Graham to build on some success. We are still rising.” Smith said he has a hard time putting his thoughts into words all these years later.
“A lot of it is how I dreamed it would go,” he said. “Then my senior year, I probably could have never dreamed of getting to do what Gus, our
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offense and I did that year. I go from throwing for 2,847 yards in 2005 to 5,065 yards my senior year. That’s the stuff you dream about when you’re at recess in fourth grade. On the heels of every good thing happening with Kragthorpe was Gus Malzahn showing up.”
Added Blankenship, “No question I’m living the dream Steve started. Absolutely I am. Steve tells the story – a little bit tongue in cheek – that he was told he would either turn the program or he would be the last one. Whether it was tongue in cheek or not, there was at least some truth to it.”
And through all the success the last decade, the goalposts have remained intact. “I don’t know that as the quarterback I would have allowed fans to tear down the goal post after one victory,” said Smith. “But that’s how bad it had gotten. It was sort of the humor in the misery.”
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football. He is like having another coach on the field offensively and defensively. He keeps all of the other kids that have not played as much in line.” In week three Jackson suffered a high ankle sprain shortly in to a game against the broken arrow junior varsity squad, but despite the pain he has pushed on and does not want to miss any time. “I just have to get healthy and we have to get the team healthy so that we can make the playoffs,” Jackson stated. “I am about 90 percent right now. It is just one of those nagging injuries.” “He is doing everything he can to get healthy,” Coach Daniels added. “In a better situation we would probably rest him for a couple of games.” Jackson does not currently list any official scholarship offers, but he is already hearing from a who’s who of major programs. “Texas Tech, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Kansas State,” Jackson said of the schools that are already tracking him. As a sophomore Jackson racked up over 2,700 yards and scored 34 touchdowns to earn All-Metro honors from his spot at quarterback, but he believes that his future will be on the defensive side of the ball. “Some schools say they project me as a strong safety, but I would like to play outside linebacker. I will play whatever position fits me best,” Jackson informed. The recruiting attention is all well and
by Greg Powers he last player at McLain high School who made waves on the national recruiting scene was Prentiss Elliot, who starred at Oklahoma State for one year before off of the field issues de-railed his collegiate career. The next big thing at McLain is Elliot’s younger brother Shawn Jackson, a 6-foot-0, 225-pound junior who excels on both sides of the ball for the Titans at quarterback and strong safety. Jackson, who will follow in his brother’s footsteps as a division one player, has been able to glean some key knowledge from Elliot about football and more importantly life. “I look up to him and I try to take after him on the field,” Jackson explained. “He is a great athlete that came through McLain. Everything I know he has been able to teach me,” Jackson continued, “Off of the field I just try to learn from his mistakes and see what he did wrong. I try to do the right thing. He has gone through some hard times, but he will get through it.” McLain head coach Danny Daniels, who has been coaching football in Oklahoma for over 30 years, ranks Jackson alongside some of the best players that he has been able to observe. “He stacks right up there with them,” Coach Daniels said of his star’s potential. “I have seen a lot of good division one players and he is definitely division one material.” “The main thing he brings to the table is that he knows the game of
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good but Jackson knows he needs to continue to work hard on and off of the field to realize his dreams. “I try to see myself in the nfL and I am going to work hard to get there. It takes hard work… It takes hard work off of the field everyday.” •
We dubbed Shawn Jackson the"Next Big Thing" in 2007. Well, we were right. The playmaker for the Goden Hurricane will go down as one of the best to play defense at Tulsa.
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Jackson: Prentiss and I talk a lot. I have two
VYPE: Will you share with readers the different paths you and Prentiss took?
Jackson: Yes. We grew up together.
VYPE: Prentiss Elliott is your half-brother, correct?
Jackson: No. Not a all. It’s funny. I remember a few games where opposing players said to me ‘you move pretty good for a big kid.’ I take it as a compliment from my coaches. I’ve been a big all my life. It’s a compliment to know I’m big but can still fly around and make tackles.
VYPE: Coach (Bill) Blankenship jokingly refers to you as the ‘fat guy’, does that bother you?
Jackson: I didn’t even know who he was until I saw the mural in the weight room. As I got closer to the sack record people started to mention him more and more. I just met him the day of the Colorado State game. Sure it would be cool to have my name remembered in a tradition-rich program like TU.
VYPE: Were you familiar at all with Dennis Byrd prior to learning how close you were to the sack record?
Jackson: To be honest, it will mean more after I’m through playing if it happens at all. Right now, there’s too much going on for me to think about that. I mean we are talking about Dennis Byrd and Sedrick Clark. It would be a major accomplishment to even have my name mentioned with a guy like Dennis Byrd.
VYPE: Do you allow yourself to think about breaking Dennis Byrd’s sack record?
Shawn Jackson is one of many homegrown products for the University of Tulsa football team. The former McLain two-sport star opted to “stay home” for college. His loyalty has been rewarded. Jackson owns the school record for tackles for losses with 41.5 for -183 yards, and has his sights set on breaking the school career sack record of former TU and NFL lineman Dennis Byrd (1985-88) and Sedrick Clark (1992-95) of 20 sacks. Jackson entered the UTEP game with 19 career sacks.
Jackson: I wasn’t early in my career. Now I probably spend a lot of time watching film. I couldn’t even begin to say how many hours. When I was freshman I just went out and played. Once I started watching film I became a better player. Cornelius Arnick taught me how to watch film. I definitely give him the credit for that.
VYPE: You have become a real student of the game, studying film, correct?
Jackson: Being on track to graduate in May. So many guys came through here with me and aren’t here anymore. So finishing my education is my greatest accomplishment. I am majoring in organizational studies with a minor in education. My mom, Shonda Cato, and my high school teacher, Stephanie Hansen, will love my degree more than anything I’ve done on the football field. Eventually, I’d like to go back to my old high school and coach.
VYPE: What is your proudest moment as a college student-athlete?
Jackson: I felt like I let my team down at the start of the season. I just wanted to come back and prove I was worthy of playing. It was exciting to be back around the guys and traveling. I learned not to take anything for granted. Earning MVP was great.
VYPE: Last year you were suspended the first three games but finished the season on a high note as the Liberty Bowl MVP. How would you assess your play?
Jackson: Not really. He just told me to pick the place that suited me.
VYPE Did he offer any advice when you were being recruited?
brothers. They are my best friends. Prentiss is playing football for the Oklahoma Thunder. He dominates in that league. He knows he made some mistakes in his past and he wishes he had done things differently. That’s why he always stays on me to do the right thing and not do what he did. He’s always encouraging to me. He’s a great older brother.
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Did the non-district loss Broken Arrow suffered against Union signal just how difficult it is for an East side team other than Jenks or Union to reach the 6A title game? It shouldn’t. In 2011, the Tigers fell 21-14 in non-district play and advanced to the title game where Broken Arrow fell to Union 23-22 in the championship game. No doubt the Tigers have the talent to get back to a third state championship game with VYPE Top 100 stars Devon Thomas, Gyasi Akem, Damian Howard and Coleman Key. A win over defending champion Jenks in Week 6 would put the Tigers in contention for a deep playoff run.
Memorial’s bid for a second consecutive playoff season could be in doubt after a 2-2 start in September. No doubt the Chargers have the talent to contend in District 5A-3 with VYPE Top 100 players Keith Driver and Mike’Quan Deane. Driver accounted for over 300 yards in a blowout loss to Shawnee. Still, if the Chargers can rebound from the 63-33 setback to the Wolves, they could snatch that fourth playoff spot. Odds are against the Chargers reaching the 5A title game in Stillwater.
Owasso must rebound from a district opening loss to Union, 34-7. The Rams struggled to get any consistency in its running game with only 65 yards. But Owasso has to be considered one of the top two teams in District 6A-1 before the October 18th loss to Booker T. Washington. Look for VYPE Top 100 standouts Tyler Lindsey, Jordan Mitchell, John Cole Neph and Cameron Oliver to have a say in the team’s deep playoff run.
Pryor has been the surprise team in District 5A-4. Through two district games the Tigers are one of three teams at 2-0 in league play and are 3-2 overall. They opened district action with a 42-41 win over Coweta. A trip to the playoffs would be the first since 2011. Getting to Stillwater will be a tough task. Class 3A
District 3A-5 is a juggernaut of talent with playoff contenders in Berryhill, Sequoyah Claremore and Metro Christian. The
opening season loss to Glenpool does not hurt the Chiefs playoff hopes at all. Through five games, Berryhill sits atop District 3A-5 with a 4-1 overall record and 2-0 district mark. A district title and home field advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs hinge on a victory at Metro Christian in Week 10. Sequoyah Claremore was off to a 1-0 start in 3A-5 with the team’s toughest games still to come. Both contests – Berryhill in Week 7 and Metro Christian in Week 9 are road games. Those outcomes will hint how far the Eagles can go in the playoffs. A trip to Stillwater might be out of reach this year.
After going undefeated in the regular season last year, Metro Christian started the season 5-0 at press time with shutouts in victories over NOAH and Pawhuska in non-district play and a 35-0 win over Blackwell to open district play. Home field advantage in the playoffs is expected as is a deep playoff run that could end in Stillwater.
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VYPE Gives You An Insider’s Look At Five Area Football Teams Union – After starting the year 0-2 with hard-fought losses to DeSoto Texas and Jenks; the Redskins have turned the corner. In week three Union toppled Broken Arrow by a score of 3821 and then followed that by mauling Owasso 34-7 in week four. In week five Union blasted Stillwater by a score of 62-21. The wins over Owasso and Stillwater came in district play, giving the Redskins a 2-0 record in District 6A-1 and a spot in the driver’s seat for the district crown. Leading the way for the
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Redskins during those first five games was sophomore running back Tyler Adkins. Adkins ran for 668 yards and seven touchdowns during that stretch along with catching nine passes for 53 yards and one touchdown. Locust Grove – The Pirates have been playing with added emotion this year after team member Kale Davidson was killed in a car crash in April. The Pirates dedicated the season to Davidson and wear BK-71 stickers on their helmets in memory of Davidson’s nickname “Big Kale” and his number. Before a game against Westville earlier this year Locust Grove's senior captains Traden Sokoloski, Ryan Woolman, Cory Rohde and Cameron McIntire walked a No. 71 jersey to midfield for the coin flip and Locust Grove also played without a left guard for the first offensive play of the game in honor of Davidson. The added emotion and some very strong play on the field helped the Pirates start the year 5-0 and 2-0 in district 3A-7. Several key district showdowns still loom large on the Pirates’ schedule as they gear up for the playoffs but none are bigger than a matchup with
Mason Fine Locust Grove Lincoln Christian on Nov. 1.
Claremore – Led by junior running back Derrick Reliford the Zebras started the year 4-1 and 2-0 in district play. Running with his own unique blend of speed and power Reliford racked up 679 yards and eight touchdowns through Claremore’s first five games. With the two district wins over Collinsville and Tahlequah in weeks four and five the Zebras solidified themselves as a frontrunner in district 5A- 3 but Claremore isn’t out of the woods just yet. On Nov. 1 the Zebras will take on district foe Coweta in a game that is sure to have a major impact on the playoff picture. Edison – No team has been a bigger surprise this season than
the Edison Eagles. The Eagles started the season 3-0, including a win over archrival Memorial, and outscored opponents 12339 over those first three games. In week four Edison suffered a loss to Jenks but then rebounded in week five with a 17-10 win over Putnam City. The straw that has stirred the drink this year for Edison has been quarterback Akylen Mayfield. Through the Eaglesâ€™ first five games Mayfield completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 716 yards and eight touchdowns. Running back Michael Austin and wide receiver Malachi Barnett have been other key figures on the Edison offense this year while Emil Stepanyan has been the ringleader on defense. Berryhill - Using a very potent rushing attack the
Chiefs started the season 4-1, including four-straight wins after a week one loss to Glenpool. Berryhill also started district play with wins over Dewey and Verdigris in weeks four and five. Quarterback Ty Walker and running back Chad Dillard led the charge for the Chiefs over those first five games by rushing for a combined total of 883 yards and 11 touchdowns. Walker also threw for 447 yards and four touchdowns over that same span. With the playoff picture still slightly out of focus Berryhill fans and players alike are looking forward to the Chiefsâ€™ game against Metro Christian Nov. 8 that is sure to have a major impact on both the district standings.
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How long have you been involved in FCA? I just started going to FCA this year..
Who influenced you to join? One of my good friends, Trent Taber, is one of the leaders and he invited me this year.
How has FCA made an impact in your life on the field and off the field? FCA has helped me to live my life on and off the field through Christ. I’ve been able to apply my cheerleading to my faith a lot more since FCA. How have your beliefs helped you as an athlete? When I’m struggling with tumbling or stunting or anything with my cheerleading I’ve been able to use what I’ve learned in FCA to get through it; I can always replay the talks from Wednesday nights in my head for inspiration.
How have you used your beliefs or association with FCA to help others or spread the word? I try to use my association in FCA to encourage my teammates and improve in my role as captain and also in my job. . What is your favorite Bible verse and why? Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” has always been my favorite Bible verse. I know that it’s one of the most popular verses but it has always encouraged me and reminded me that truly anything is possibles.
Mingo Valley Culminates Season with State Runner-up leader, an all-around good athlete and a great kid,” Stanton said.
Shellie Aldrich is a two-year starter at left outside hitter. She played libero early in her career but was moved to outside hitter where she has excelled. “She really understands the game,” Stanton noted. “She’s very quick in adapting to what we’re wanting to do.” Expectations were high for the Mingo Valley Christian volleyball team with five senior starters back this season. “This is the third year for the starters to play for me,” coach Paul Stanton said. “Once we stepped in the gym in July for conditioning, the girls knew what was expected of them. From that aspect, it’s been good because all of them are good athletes and they know what I want.”
Mingo Valley finished second in second in the Oklahoma Christian School state tournament after losing to Regent Prep in the championship game.
Jenna Luetjen was the team’s setter for the third consecutive season. A team captain, Luetjen is an intelligent player who hustles all the time, Stanton said. “jenna is a team
Kara Mayfield initially lined up opposite Aldrich at .right-side hitter but was moved to middle hitter this year. “She’s an incredibly smart player,” Stanton said. “She has great court awareness and sees holes in the defense and knows where to attack. She was named to the All-Tournament team at the Wright Christian Tournament in August.” Meghan Hayes has battled through some health issues to have a nice senior season at right-side hitter, Stanton said. “She never complains about anything,” the coach said. “She’s done a very good job. She’s more of a defensive player. She’s interesting to watch because she has such a great attitude. She’s really stepped up in her senior year.” Heather Schovanec started the season at middle hitter but after an injury has moved to outside hitter. “Heather prefers playing
middle but she hasn’t complained at all,” Stanton said. “She’s a team player. She just wants to play.” Sarah VanMeter starts at libero. Stanton calls his senior star “a scrapper.” “She’s always hustling, scrapping after balls,” he said.
Senior Anna Carrison returns after sitting out her junior season. She joins Luetjen at the setter position.
Abbie Hicks, a junior, played middle hitter. “She’s a tremendous athlete,” Stanton said. “She earned all-tournament honors at both the Wright and Regent Prep tournaments. Her play has been outstanding this year. She’s really developed immensely over last year in her skills. “All these kids are from the same mold,” Stanton said. “I also coach club volleyball but there’s a big difference between club kids and Christian school kids. These girls have gone to school together so long.” ROSTER Shellie Aldrich Anna Carrison Megan Hayes Abbie Hicks
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We grabbed some of the quarterbacks making headlines this season for a discussion on everything from film study to the funniest thing they’ve heard in the huddle. Their answers might draw a laugh and surprise you at the same time. Gabe Neph – Owasso Rams
Cooper Nunley – Jenks Trojans
Coleman Key – Broken Arrow Tigers Sean Davis – Glenpool Warriors Jake Fox – Holland Hall Dutch
VYPE: How much time would you say you spend studying film and learning about your opponent each week? Neph: It depends on the type of defense that we are facing that week. But roughly, 4-7 hours per week. Nunley: I spend about one to two hours each day.
Davis: I try to get about 30 minutes to an hour every day. Key: About 2-3 hours every day.
Fox: At least 3 hours a week on hudl preparing for the game. VYPE: Tell us your most memorable sports moment of your high school career.
Nunley: Throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to win the Backyard Bowl against Union.
Key: Being able to be teammates with my older brother my sophomore year. Davis: Beating Berryhill in our home opener.
Fox: My most memorable moment would be coming back from a 21-0 deficit and throwing three second half
VYPE: What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard in the huddle or on the field? Key: It’s hard to narrow it down to one thing. My teammates are always out there cracking me up.
Fox: My center Sam Coates criticizing my running form after a long run.
Davis: One of my linemen once said, “we’re going have to stop at McDonalds on the way home because I’m starving.”
Gabe Neph touchdowns to beat Episcopal School of Dallas, 41-40 to go to the playoffs. Neph: My first varsity pass to my brother, John Cole.
Neph: Derrick Ross, an offensive tackle, told me one time, "I played QB in flag football, I still probably have a better arm than you so if you get tired, just let me know." Nunley: My funniest moment was when I started my cadence in the huddle on accident.
VYPE: Youth football is huge in Oklahoma. What is a good age for a kid to start playing football?
Neph: I think that kids should start around fourth grade so they don't get tired of it at a young age and try something different, but at the same time they will have time to fall in love with the game like I did before they get to the high school level.
Nunley: I think whenever their parents feel they are ready. Key: I think around 2nd or 3rd grade would probably be the best time to start.
Davis: I think the younger the better. Being out there with your friends will only make you all a stronger family in the end. Fox: I think they should start playing as soon as possible because the more you play the more you will improve and understand the intricacies of the game. VYPE: What is your biggest fear, on or off the field?
Davis: Letting my team or family down in whatever it may be.
Key: Not putting to waste the athletic ability that God has blessed me with and becoming the best that I could possibly be.
Neph: My family, coaches and teammates motivate me greatly, but my best friend Trevor McCutchin, who was injured earlier this year and can't play this game anymore motivates me to be the best I can be for him. Also Jesus Christ. Without him I wouldn't be playing this game.
Sean Davis Neph: My biggest fear is to fail at being a positive role model to the children in my community. Also, not serving people like our Savior has set out for us.
Fox: My biggest fear is probably letting people down. Nunley: Biggest fear off the field, snakes by far.
Key: My biggest fear is not living up to the expectations of my family, coaches, teammates and friends. VYPE: Tell us who or what motivates you?
Fox: I am motivated by all the people that tell me I do not measure up. I am also motivated when I think about all the other people working hard each day and I know I have to outwork them. 34
Nunley: To keep the Jenks football tradition alive. VYPEOK.COM
Davis: My team and knowing they are going to do whatever it takes to get it done and knowing they are counting on me just like I count on them. VYPE: Finish the following sentence; Iâ€™m having the most fun when ____________? Neph: I am hanging out with my best friends and having a good time with my family.
Nunley: I'm out on the field with all my friends. Davis: My team is winning. Key: My boys and I are out there dominating on Friday nights. Doesnâ€™t get much better than that!
Fox: When my team is winning and playing hard.
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top place in the Large School Co-Ed division for the second straight year. The Tiger cheer squad had 275 points. Choctaw was second with 268 followed by Tahlequah third with 245. Mustang finished fourth with 241 points with Grove fifth overall with 233 points.
Union Cheer - 6A State Champions CHEER CLASS 6A Union captured its second title in three years, edging out Jenks for the championship. The Redskin cheer team finished with 264 points. Jenks was second with 250 followed by Edmond Memorial third with 237 points. Rounding out the top five was Norman North with 235 points and Edmond North with 234.
CLASS 5A Carl Albert won state for the third time in six years posting 286 points. Heritage Hall was second with 279 points followed by Edmond Deer Creek (276), Metro Christian (270) and Bishop McGuinness (252). CLASS 4A Oklahoma Christian won its second consecutive cheer title with 255 team points. Blanchard was second with 214 points 36
followed by Purcell (213), Blackwell (207) and Vinita (204). CLASS 3A In the closest competition of the state meet, Washington edged out Keys Parkhill 242-241 to its third state title in the last five years. Vian finished third with 206 points followed by Lincoln Christian (191) and Nowata (190) in the top five.
CLASS 2A Community Christian captured its first title with 268 points. Commerce finished second with 254 points. Hinton was third with 245 followed by Quapaw (236) and Quinton (234). LARGE CO-ED Broken Arrow took home
SMALL CO-ED In the third year for Small School Co-Ed competition, Newcastle rolled to the title with 254 points. Jay finished second with 224 points followed by Mannford
Class 5A 1st Place: Carl Albert 2nd Place: Heritage Hall 3rd Place: Deer Creek Academic: Heritage Hall
Broken Arrow Cheer - Large Co-Ed State Champions (208), Newkirk (204) and Sperry (194).
Large School Co-Ed 1st Place: Broken Arrow 2nd Place: Choctaw 3rd Place: Tahlequah Academic: Choctaw Small School Co-Ed
1st Place: Newcastle 2nd Place: Jay 3rd Place: Mannford Academic: Jay
Class 6A 1st Place: Union 2nd Place: Jenks 3rd Place: Edmond Memorial Academic: Edmond North
Class 4A 1st Place: Oklahoma Christian 2nd Place: Tuttle 3rd Place: Blanchard Academic: Bridge Creek Class 3A 1st Place: Washington 2nd Place: Keys 3rd Place: Vian Academic: Washington Class 2A 1st Place: Community Chr. 2nd Place: Commerce 3rd Place: Hinton Academic: Commerce
SOFTBALL CLASS 6A
Southmoore emerged victorious in the biggest Moore War of the season, 3-1 at The Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee. The two crosstown rivals advanced to the all-Moore final in similar fashion. Moore (344) upended Sand Springs 6-2 in the quarterfinals then dispatched Mustang 4-1 to reach the title game. Southmoore blanked Jenks 3-0 in the quarterfinals and Broken Arrow 6-0 in the semis. Sabercats’ pitcher Katelyn Brown struck out 11 and allowed just four hits in the title game. The victory was the first for Southmoore (31-4) over their rivals in a fastpitch game. “It’s very special to finally beat Moore,” Brown told The Oklahoman. The senior pitcher allowed just seven earned runs all season. Brown also helped herself at the plate, blasting a two-run home run in the second inning. The future seems bright for the Sabercats, who returns eight starters next year. Championship Southmoore 3, Moore 1
Semifinals Moore 4, Mustang 1 Southmoore 6, Broken Arrow 0 Quarterfinals
Broken Arrow 6, Edmond North 4 Mustang 4, Muskogee 0 Moore 6, Sand Springs 2 Southmoore 3, Jenks 0 CLASS 5A
A semifinal exit against eventual champion Grove in 2012 only served to fuel the fire for Carl Albert this year. The Titans rolled through the 5A bracket with an 8-1 win over Lawton Mac followed by an 11-4 thumping of Tahlequah to advance to the championship game where they posted a 13-0 shutout over Edmond Deer Creek. The title was the fifth overall for Carl Albert with all five coming since 2006. The Titans’ 13run affair was the most scored in a fastpitch final. Senior pitcher Abby Meador tossed a no-hitter. She struck out seven and gave up five walks. The West has won seven of the last eight fastpitch titles, five of which have been won by Carl Albert. Championship Carl Albert 13, Deer Creek 0 Semifinals Deer Creek 3, Claremore 1 Carl Albert 11, Tahlequah 4
Quarterfinals Deer Creek 3, Collinsville 2 Carl Albert 8, Lawton Mac 1 Claremore 3, Duncan 0 Tahlequah 5, Chickasha 2 CLASS 4A
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Hilldale (35-5) captured its first-ever fastpitch title with a 7-0 shutout of No. 6 Bethel. The topranked Hornets got another stellar outing from pitcher Destiny
Alexa Romero - Broken Arrow Riddle. The junior followed her nohitter in the semis with a one-hitter in the title game. She finished with 10 strikeouts. Sarah Hughey drove in three runs on a two-run triple in the first and a home run in the fourth. The Hornets topped Oologah 5-1 to open the tournament. Next, they defeated Blanchard 5-2 to set up the 4A final with Bethel. The Wildcats advanced to the finals with a 7-0 shutout of Tuttle in the opening round followed by a 7-2 victory over Cache in the semifinals. Championship Hilldale 7, Bethel 0
Semifinals Hilldale 5, Blanchard 2 Bethel 7, Cache 2
Quarterfinals Blanchard 3, Tecumseh 1 Bethel 7, Tuttle 0 Hilldale 5, Oologah 1 Cache 7, Fort Gibson 4 CLASS 3A
Washington pitcher Allison Wells stymied hot-hitting Tahlequah Sequoyah, 5-3, to lead the Warriors to the Class 3A state championship
at The Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee. Tahlequah Sequoyah took a 2-0 lead before Washington rallied for four runs in the fourth to take a two-run cushion into the seventh inning. The Indians (34-7) had a chance in the seventh but Wells slammed the door. The title was the fifth overall for Washington, which also won titles in 2008 in Class 3A, 2005, 2000 and 1999 in Class 2A. Washington’s route to the finals included a 6-3 win over Marlow in the semifinals and a 2-1 victory over Meeker in the opening round. The title was the first for Washington. Championship Finals Washington 5, Tahl. Sequoyah 3 Semifinals Tahl. Sequoyah 10, Henryetta 5 Washington 6, Marlow 3 Quarterfinals Washington 2, Meeker 1 Marlow 3, Davis 1 Henryetta 9, Oktaha 2 Tahl. Sequoyah 17, Hugo 1 CLASS 2A
Top-ranked Dale (40-1) scored 23 runs in three games to capture the school’s second Class 2A title and first since 2003.
Freshman pitcher Erin Harris pitched all three games and after battling nerves in the championship game settled down to get the win, 3-2. Harris had 11 strikeouts in the title game.
“We put together three pretty good games against Hinton, Colbert and Savanna,” Dale coach Andy Powell said. Freshman infielder/catcher Lacey Hood delivered a three-run home run in the semis to break open a 3-3 deadlock and send the Pirates to the title game. In the championship game, she had the game winning hit, a two-run blast in a 3-2 win over Savanna.
Dale opened the tournament with a 9-1 victory over Hinton. Next came an 11-3 romp over Colbert. Savanna’s road to the finals included a 3-2 win over Drumright and an 8-3 victory over Tushka. Championship Finals Dale 3, Savanna 2
Semifinals Savanna 3, Drumright 2 Dale 11, Colbert 3 Quarterfinals Drumright 2, Wayne 1 Savanna 8, Tushka 3 Dale 9, Hinton 1 Colbert 3, Frederick 2 CLASS A
Davenport held on to defeat Healdton 6-5 and defend its 2012 Class A title. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 14, got a gutsy pitching performance from the team’s lone senior, Amanda Peterson. Leading 6-4 in the seventh, Peterson gave up an inside-the-park home run to Healdton’s Morgan Fletcher. But Healdton could not punch home a tying run. “It was nerve-wracking,” Peterson told The Oklahoman of the final inning. “I knew we could work it all out, but it was just very nervewracking at the time.”
The title was the 11th overall for Davenport. Could this signal a run like the Bulldogs enjoyed from 200003 when they won four straight or 1994-96 when they captured three consecutive titles? Time will tell. But for now, Davenport is enjoying its two-year string of titles. Championship Finals Davenport 6, Healdton 5
Semifinals Davenport 9, Sterling 5 Healdton 5, Binger-Oney 4 (14 innings) Quarterfinals Sterling 5, Rock Creek 2 Davenport 3, Mooreland 1 Healdton 3, Wright City 2 Binger-Oney 2, Barnsdall 1 CLASS B
No. 1 ranked Red Oak joined Davenport as back-to-back champions. The Eagles romped past Asher 11-5 in the finals of Class B for their fourth title since 2006. Freshman Shay Stacey blasted a 3-run home run to ignite the team’s 11-run total. The Eagles blew the game open with a five-run third inning. Red Oak opened the
tournament 8-1 over Frontier then beat Stuart 5-1 to return to the title game. Asher blanked Sentinel 10-0 in the quarterfinals and edged Arnett 3-2 in the semifinals. Championship Finals Red Oak 11, Asher 5 Semifinals Red Oak 5, Stuart 1 Asher 3, Arnett 2
Quarterfinals Stuart 4, Caney 3 Red Oak 8, Frontier 1 Asher 10, Sentinel 0 Arnett 10, Leedey 0
FALL BASEBALL CLASS A Former major leaguer turned coach Reggie Willits led Binger-Oney to its seventh state championship with a 5-4 victory over Silo at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Austin Green went the distance to earn the victory, his third of the state tournament. He allowed just three hits and delivered an RBI single in the fourth that proved to be the game-winning run. Teammate Hunter King added a single and double as Binger-Oney finished the year 27-8. The Bobcats took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the third off a Silo error, a double steal and a suicide squeeze bunt Colby Sweeney. They pushed the lead to 5-2 through four innings when Green singled home King. Silo rallied for two runs in the sixth. Championship Binger-Oney 5, Silo 4
Semifinals Binger-Oney 19, Rattan 7 Silo 11, Sterling 3 CLASS B
Talk about saving your best for last, Asher’s Tanner Andrews scattered two hits to lead the Indians to a 7-0 shutout and the school’s first title since 1998. The championship was the 44th overall baseball title – 22 each in spring and fall. Asher scored four runs in the first three innings, giving Andrews all the run support he needed. But the Indians also added three more runs to put the finishing touches on the championship. Cadan Calaway and OCTOBER 2013
17, 25-13, 25-23 Kelley def. Edmond Memorial 27-25, 25-17, 25-23 Edmond North def. Southmoore 259, 25-16, 25-14
Leslie Atherton-Bishop Kelley Josh Harrel singled to account for Leedey’s Championship Asher 7, Leedey 0
Semifinals Leedey2, Red Oak 0 Asher 7, Lookeba-Sickles 4
VOLLEYBALL CLASS 6A
Bishop Kelley’s string of six consecutive state titles ended in the semifinals after a five-set loss to Edmond North.
The North victory set up an all-Edmond showdown in the championship match with Santa Fe. The Lady Wolves reached the title match after back-to-back 3-game set victories over Stillwater (25-17, 2513, 25-23) in the quarterfinals and Jenks (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) in the semifinals.
Edmond North defeated Southmoore (25-9), 25-16, 25-14) and Bishop Kelley (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 15-12) to advance to the finals. In the championship match,
Led by tournament MVP Bailey Otto, Santa Fe won three consecutive sets by identical scores 25-18, 25-18, 2518.
Championship Edmond Santa Fe def. Edmond North 25-18, 25-18, 25-18 Semifinals Edmond Santa Fe def. Jenks 25-23, 25-19, 25-19 Edmond North def. Kelley 25-22, 2225, 25-22, 24-26, 15-12
Quarterfinals Jenks def. Union 23-25, 22-25, 34-32, 25-18, 17-15 Edmond Santa Fe def. Stillwater 25VYPEOK.COM
All-Tournament Team: Bailey Otto, Santa Fe (MVP), Josie Gandall, Bishop Kelly; Livi Schiffner, Edmond Memorial; Stefani Nell, Jenks; Megan Thomas, Union; Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North; Hannah Frohling, Edmond North; Samantha Ethridge, Santa Fe; Jordan Spence, Santa Fe. CLASS 5A
Top-ranked Heritage Hall captured its ninth state championship and first since 2008 with a fourset victory over Lincoln Christian. The Chargers used an 8-0 run to close out the first set 25-17. The two teams were tied 14-14 in the second set before Heritage Hall went on a 7-1 spurt to take the second set. Lincoln Christian rebounded to win the third set 26-24 but fell in the final set 25-17.
25-21 Christian Heritage def. Oklahoma Bible 25-17, 25-11, 29-31, 25-15 Lincoln Christian def. Tahlequah 2521, 27-29, 26-28, 25-20, 15-6 All-Tournament Team: Bradi Ryan, Heritage Hall (MVP); Sydney Downing, Oklahoma Bible; Gillian Tinnin, Tahlequah; Bria Bergman, Victory Christian; Emily Watts, Christian Heritage; Serena Mar, Lincoln Christian; Anna Bowman, Lincoln Christian; Lindsey Grace, Heritage Hall. CLASS 4A
So much for state tournament mystique, in its first-ever trip to state in volleyball, Mt. Saint Mary rallied from a first set loss to beat top-ranked Elgin 3-1. Elgin took the first set 28-26 before the Rockets rallied for 2522, 25-16 and 25-21 wins in the final three sets. Championship Finals Mt. Saint Mary d. Elgin 26-28, 25-22, 25-16, 25-21.
“In a way, it was a little bit of a relief (to end the season with a title),” Heritage Hall coach Dana Schwab told The Oklahoman. “There was definitely a lot of pressure put on us being ranked No. 1, but that pressure helped push us to win.”
Semifinals Elgin d. Rejoice Christian 25-19, 19-25, 25-23, 25-15. Mt. Saint Mary d. Oklahoma Christian 25-21 2520, 25-17.
Championship Heritage Hall def. Lincoln Christian 25-17, 25-20, 2426, 25-17
Semifinals Heritage Hall def. Victory Christian 25-16, 25-15, 2519 Lincoln Christian def. Christian Heritage 25-12, 2520, 25-22
Quarterfinals Heritage Hall def. Edison 2517, 25-18, 25-13 Victory Christian def. Oklahoma Bible 25-22, 25-16,
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Quarterfinals Mt. Saint Mary d. Catoosa 25-20, 2519, 25-18. Elgin d. Verdigris 25-13, 25-15, 2510. Rejoice Christian d. Weatherford 25-23, 25-8, 2325, 25-19. Oklahoma Christian d. Tahl. Sequoyah 25-18, 25-18, 25-18. Union
Tyler Adkins - Union Football
When the football season started the Union football team wasnâ€™t expecting sophomore running back Tyler Adkins to carry the load on the ground. An injury to senior back Justin Silmon changed all that however by thrusting Adkins into the limelight. Adkins has stepped up when his team has needed him most though, rushing for 668 yards and seven touchdowns through the Redskinsâ€™ first six games this season. Overall Adkins is averaging just under six yards per carry at the halfway point of the regular season and has helped Union to a 5-2 record as of Oct. 23rd.
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The VYPE Team Introduces You To Several Top Runners In The Area The Tulsa area is chalk-full of great cross country runners. Everybody knows about the big names, names like Cody Jones at Jenks, or Ainsley Ibison at Broken Arrow. There are plenty more you haven’t heard of though, and the VYPE team introduces you to a few of them here. Cheyenne Walden – Charles Page High School As a freshman Walden has broken onto the scene in a big way this year. Walden has finished in first place at the Booker T. Washington Invitational along with also taking home first place honors at the Owasso Invitational. Walden also brought home second place at Bishop Kelley and took fourth place at the prestigious Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater. Daniel Farias – Memorial As a junior Farias has been a solid performer for the Chargers all season but at the Owasso Invitational Farias tuly showed what he is capable of by finishing in first place. Other high finishes for Farias include fourth place finish at Wagoner, a 13th place finish at Bishop Kelley and a 24th place finish at Holland Hall. Farias has been turning heads all season and appears to be getting stronger as the year progresses which is a welcome sight for Charger fans as the team gears up for regionals and state action. Amber Obermaier – Bishop Kelley Amber Obermaier is a junior
Amber Obermaier Bishop Kelley that has several top ten finishes this year for the Lady Comets. Obermaier’s top finish came at the Owasso Invitational when she brought home fourth place overall. Obermaier also has a ninth place finish at the Holland Hall Invitational and the Bishop Kelley Invitational to her credit this year. Obermaier was the top finisher for the Lady Comets at all three meets, leading her team to a first place finish at Owasso and a third place finish at Holland Hall and Bishop Kelley. “I have run each race so far to the best of my ability and hope that can continue as I grow stronger approaching state," Obermaier said. Jamie Ashford – Skiatook In his junior campaign Ashford has been nothing short of dominant. Back in September Ashford brought home second at the Collinsville Invitational and then finished fourth at Booker T. Washington. Ashford’s best finish though may have come at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater where
he finished in third place overall. With his top finishes and a strong team behind him Ashford has definitely made Skiatook a team to watch this year. Jordan Langebartels – Summitt Christian Langebartels is a name that Tulsa area soccer fans know very well after she turned heads as a freshman last spring and was named to the Tulsa World All-Metro team. What area cross country fans are finding out now is that Langebartels is also a force when it comes to cross country as well. The sophomore finished sixth at the Wagoner meet and then placed first at the Kiefer Invitational. An allaround athlete Langebartels is a name that all Tulsa area sports fans should get to know.
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The Dutch record may not reflect how well they have played this year and some of the outstanding performances the team has had this year. Jake Fox has had a very good year at quarterback. Cory Taylor, Jon Werthen and Anthony Oyekan have led the ground attack. Avery Gragg , Dakota Roush, Sean Townsend and Avery Gragg Pierce Brady were on the receiving end of many of Foxâ€™s passes. David Wenger, Jordan Meike and James Eaton were standouts defensively. Though they fell short of the playoffs this season, the Dutch are optimistic looking forward to next year with a lot of talent returning and experience gained this season.
The Dutch field hockey team is getting itself ready for SPC Tournament in Houston November 8th and 9th in Houston. With remaining games in Dallas and Oklahoma City, it may be worth the trip to cheer on the Dutch versus rival Casady on the October 30th. There have been some great performances this year of note. Offensively, Ann Savage has had an outstanding year from her center forward position. Additionally, Gracie White, Hayley Holmes and Audrey Wise have all contributed key goals this season in leading the Dutch attack. Mid-fielders Jenna Byers, Amaris Taylor and Merrick Frizzell have all been key to the team offensively and defensively. Mercedes Pena has been an anchor for the team defensively who has helped keep the opponents at bay.
The Dutch Volleyball is touting a 16-7 record, 3-2 in conference play. They will be going into the final weeks of play, getting ready for SPC play with a lot of confidence and on a roll. Seniors Kelsey Arnold and Morgan Mayberry, along with junior Anna Bezhan have led the team so far this season. Arnold is the libero, team captain. She has had a huge impact on the back row for serve receive and defense. Lauren Eustis She has really stepped up as a team leader. Mayberry is the setter and the link between the defense and offense on the team. Bezhan is the teamâ€™s all-around player, who has been helping the team with the back row and front row and she is the team court captain.
The Cross Country team had a very good performance at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater. The boys took second place and the girls placed third. Michael Seliba placed third overall, followed by teammate Daniel Cruickshank placed 18th. Allene Michael, who placed seventh, paced the girls. Right behind her was Halle Salisbury in ninth. They will be wrapping up their season at SPC on November 9th.
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