Offensive Player of the Year
Deer Creek - Senior - Quarterback
Sports in Edmond seems to go in cycles. A few years ago the city was full of basketball players who would star in the Division I college ranks, and a couple who would go on to the NBA; in the last few seasons we’ve seen the best girls basketball players in the state. Seems like a couple of MLB draft picks come out of the city each year. We’re a perennial champ in golf and tennis, a perennial contender in ... you name it. It might lead one to wonder, what’s next?
2012 was the Year of the Quarterback.
Three Edmond quarterbacks turned in stellar stats — two as they led their teams deep into the playoffs, and one who ended holding the gold ball.
So who would you pick as the All-Edmond player of the year?
The reigning All-Edmond POY? Just a junior, Santa Fe’s Justice Hansen threw for 36 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards, and scored 14 more on the ground with close to 775 yards. His team finished 10-2 and went to the state semis.
The small-school kid, the baseball pitcher who only got recruited to play football his sophomore year? Oklahoma Christian School’s Austin Brooks threw 54 touchdowns and almost 3,600 yards this year. Five of those touchdowns and 387 yards came in the Class 2A state title game against Davis at Oklahoma State, including the game winner in the fourth quarter.
The QB who took Deer Creek to the next level? The Antlers’ quarterback threw for more than 2,450 yards and 32 TDs, and ran for close to 650 yards and nine scores.
When it comes down to it, you give it to the guy who meant the most to his team. Coaches — his own and opposing teams’ — say that player is Deer Creek’s Joel Blumenthal.
His numbers are lower than the other QBs, but he was pulled in the second half of about half the Antlers’ games. Out of 44 quarters, he played in about 30.
And the only thing people talk about more than the D-I looks he’s getting is the kid’s character.
Defensive Player of the Year
Edmond North - Senior - Linebacker
Byford’s numbers — 119 tackles, two sacks — put him among Edmond’s elite defensive players this year, but what puts him over the top is his team’s production: 108 rushing yards allowed on average, third in the state in Class 6A; 194 total points allowed, also third in 6A; and a 10-2 record that saw the Huskies into the state semifinals.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Justice Hansen — Santa Fe junior quarterback — 3,852 total yards, 50 touchdowns
Austin Brooks — Oklahoma Christian senior quarterback — 3,765 total yards, 55 touchdowns
Warren Wand — Memorial sophomore running back — 1,812 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns
Brennan Miyake — Deer Creek senior running back — 1,104 total yards, 18 touchdowns
Blake Barnes — Oklahoma Christian senior receiver — 1,289 yards, 24 touchdowns
Trevan Smith — Santa Fe senior receiver — 1,333 yards, 15 touchdowns
Jared Rayburn — Deer Creek senior receiver — 902 total yards, 11 touchdowns
Luke Rossi — North junior receiver — 634 yards, 7 touchdowns
Heath Newland — North senior offensive lineman — The Huskies averaged 221 rushing yards a game.
Brandon Wackerly — Deer Creek senior offensive lineman — Antler runners put down 2,127 yards on the ground.
Jason Goff — Oklahoma Christian senior offensive lineman — The Saints’ QBs were rarely touched.
Lucas Gerdes — Memorial senior offensive lineman — Memorial had Class 6A’s second-leading rusher.
Trevor Moore — North junior kicker — 12-14 on field goals; 46 touchbacks on kickoffs
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Alvin Bazley — Santa Fe senior defensive lineman — 58 tackles, 13 sacks
Tyler Follis — Deer Creek senior defensive lineman — 66 tackles, 1 sack
Andrew Dixon — North junior defensive lineman — 49 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 interceptions
Austin Loomis — Deer Creek senior linebacker — 225 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception
Phillip Sumpter — Santa Fe senior linebacker — 123 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception
Sam Delzell — North senior senior linebacker — 86 tackles, 8 sacks
Kooper Ruminer — Deer Creek senior linebacker — 150 tackles, 1 sack
Luke Frankfurt — Oklahoma Christian sophomore defensive back — 128 tackles, 1 sack, 4 interceptions
Caden Sander — Deer Creek junior defensive back — 79 tackles, 7 interception, 1 TD
Khari Harding — Santa Fe senior defensive back — 109 tackles, three interceptions
Eric Davis — Santa Fe senior defensive back — 28 tackles, 7 interceptions
Austin Smotherman — Deer Creek senior punter — 36-yard average; 3 punts of 50+ yards
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Luke Hoskins, North QB
Michael Farmer, North RB
Luke Frankfurt, OCS RB
Garrett Kilborn, OCS WR/RB
Dale Jefferson, Santa Fe WR
Connor Sikes, OCS WR
Jarech Page, North WR/RB
Brandon Garrett, North OL
Kaleb Prough, North OL
Zach Medeiros, Memorial OL
Cole Hatchel, OCS OL
Dillon Noble, Deer Creek K
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Eli Hooks, Deer Creek DL
Isaac Nolan, Memorial DL
Jason Ihekona, Santa Fe DL
Jason Hand, Memorial LB
Carlos Washington, Santa Fe LB
Austin Mack, Santa Fe LB
Chad Draper, Deer Creek LB
Braden Werner, OCS LB
Dhaniel Bly, Santa Fe DB
Dante Sanders, North DB
Jared Goff, OCS DB
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE
Marque Depp, North RB
Cameron Westbrook, Santa Fe RB
Will McKinnis, OCS WR
Cornelius Fugett, Santa Fe WR
Kale Jackson, Deer Creek WR
Alec James, Deer Creek WR/RB
Christian Aduddell, OCS OL
Christian Sigler, OCS OL
Nathan Blakely, OCS K
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE
Joel Dixon, North DL
Michael Onwuchuraba, Santa Fe DL
Jake Mammen, Memorial LB
Sam Brown, North LB
Garrett Kilborn, OCS LB
Curtis Woods, North DB
Sam Kreutzer, Memorial DB
Offensive Player of the Year
UCO fights to MIAA championship; falls to Missouri Southern
A spirited postseason run came to an abrupt ending for Central Oklahoma in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament finals Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.
The depth-challenged Bronchos played just six players and fatigue played a factor in the second half as Missouri Southern claimed an 84-72 victory to capture the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Fifth-seeded UCO, playing for the third straight day, fell to 20-10 and is doubtful to earn an at-large bid into the playoffs when the full 64-team field is announced late Sunday night. The Lions improved to 24-5.
The Bronchos led 40-39 at halftime, but missed five straight shots during a key second-half stretch when Missouri Southern stretched a 45-44 lead to double digits at 54-44 with 14:21 remaining and UCO never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Putnam North fires back in second half
The Lady Bulldogs of Edmond Memorial kept their heart beating by downing Bartlesville 48-42 Thursday night in an area consolation contest, but the momentum came to an abrupt stop Saturday afternoon in the consolation championship at Catoosa High School. Putnam North ended Memorial’s season with a 46-31 decision.
Deer Creek loses nail-biter; Memorial boys fall to Tulsa Union
The Deer Creek Antlers were just seconds away from entering the Class 5A state tournament, but Del City’s Brett Cannon scored on a reverse layup on a back-door move with one second left to down Deer Creek 47-45 in overtime in an area championship contest at Catoosa High School.
“We’re playing really well,” Antler skipper Matt Bailey said following the nail-biter. “They got us with the last shot in overtime.”
Deer Creek will face the winner of the McAlester/Durant game Saturday at 6:30 at Sapulpa High School in the area consolation title game with a trip to the big dance on the line.
After impressive road series, OC’s Coats receives NCCAA pitching honor
Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats was honored Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s softball pitching student-athlete of the week.
Coats, a freshman from Tuttle, was honored for her performance as the Lady Eagles won two of three games last weekend at Texas-Permian Basin. Coats threw a complete-game 1-hitter to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 3-0 win in the series opener, then threw two perfect innings in relief to earn the save as the Lady Eagles took the series finale 6-2.
In her nine innings of work, Coats struck out 11 batters while walking four. She currently ranks fifth in the Heartland Conference in strikeouts with 46, in 43 innings of work.
She is the first OC softball player to win a NCCAA weekly award this season.
Broncho Gibbs stacks up honors
Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs was a repeat first-team selection on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team that was released by the league office Tuesday.
The 6-5 senior forward is averaging 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game .
Gibbs, who leads the league in rebounds and ranks third in scoring, has had 17 double-doubles this season. He’s also second in the MIAA in 3-pointers per game with 2.4, having made 66 treys while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
SLIDESHOW: Lady Wolves win Area basketball title
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves won the Area basketball title with a win over Norman North at Choctaw Thursday evening.
Santa Fe thwarts Norman North offense
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves added another plaque to their collection and took one more step toward a gold ball Thursday night.
Edmond took down a feisty Norman North squad 64-47 at Choctaw High School to win the Class 6A west area tournament and advance to the state tournament that begins March 13.
“We’re going to enjoy that for tomorrow and now we’ve got to go find who we play on Saturday and we’re going to focus,” said Paul Bass, Santa Fe head coach. “It’s one game at a time. We’re 24-1, but that really doesn’t matter because now we’re in the third tournament of the year for us. This is the one that’s most important — get to state and try to get that gold ball.”
Defensive battle falls in favor of Deer Creek
A pair of defensive teams coming out on each other, both 20-5 Deer Creek and 20-5 Collinsville played to a 20-19 score after three periods with the Lady Antlers on top Thursday night at Owasso High School in a Class 5A area championship game.
The final panel wasn’t much different, as Deer Creek used two mammoth defensive plays by Dakota Vann to stave off the Cardinals 31-28 and advance to the state tournament beginning March 13.
“Last week at practice, I told the girls that the road to get back to the state tournament was that somebody was going to have to make a play,” defending state champion Deer Creek coach Totsy Manning said after the victory over Collinsville. “I told the girls to go out and make a good play.”
Vann, a 5-10 junior, did just that — twice.
Bartlesville’s 6-2 star forward Hailey Tucker averaged over 22 points a game for the Lady Bruins this year.
But not with Edmond Memorial’s Elise Wyatt on her.
Thursday night in a Class 6A area consolation contest at Sapulpa High School, Wyatt and the Lady Bulldogs ended Bartlesville’s season and stayed alive in the high school playoffs with a 48-42 triumph. Memorial will tip off with Putnam North — a team that beat the Lady ‘Dogs at the final horn in the semifinals of the Bruce Gray Invitational — at 1:30 Saturday at Catoosa High School in a do-or-die contest to make it to the state tournament.
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