The Edmond Sun


October 18, 2013

Tenacious Antlers find themselves battling for state softball crown

SHAWNEE — The cool start that Deer Creek began with in the Class 5A state tournament on Thursday, turned into a momentum-building semifinal victory on Friday afternoon as the Lady Antlers topped Claremore 3-1 at the Firelake ball fields in Shawnee.

In head coach Erin Regier’s sixth season at Deer Creek, it is the first time the Antlers will enter into Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. championship with Carl Albert. The Lady Titans, 34-1, has their lone loss to Deer Creek on the season.

“We’re excited to be in the finals,” Regier said after Friday’s triumph. “The girls have worked hard and deserve this.”

The past three falls, Regier has led the Antlers into the state semifinals. Deer Creek now stands at 31-7.

Lady Antler hurler Emily Watson has been doing it all, producing on offense and in the circle, as for the second consecutive day cracked the game-winning hit. In the last of the sixth inning Friday, Watson smashed a two-run homer with Jordan Williams on board for the 3-1 final.

On the rubber, Watson struck out nine Claremore batters for her second successive 2-hitter.

Deer Creek shortstop Kelsi Williams made a great defensive play for the second out in the top of the seventh before Watson used the built-up tenacity to slam the door on Claremore for the third and final out, sending the Antlers into the state title contest.

Kelsi Williams also batted an untarnished 2-for-2 out of the nine-hole, including cracking a double.

Lady Antlers break silence; advance to semifinals (Thursday)

A beautiful, tranquil October day seemed to breed stillness into both Collinsville and Deer Creek, as the two Class 5A teams competed in the state tournament Thursday at the Firelake ball fields in Shawnee.

With only five hits in the entirety of the game, it took Lady Antler pitcher Watson’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning to boost Deer Creek past Collinsville 3-2 in a tournament opener.

“I was trying not to think too much and I’m glad I got a hit,” said Watson, who was the winning pitcher upping her personal mark to 24-4 on the season.

Watson didn’t have time to ponder anything, as the University of Tulsa commit jumped on the first pitch with two out for a huge clutch single through the left hole plating both Bailey Thomspon, who had beat out a bunt single from the left side of the box and Jordan Williams, who was struck with a pitch.

The two runs batted in by Watson relieved tons of pressure on the Antlers as they garnered a 3-2 edge.

“Yes, very much so,” Watson attested as to how her nerves were calmed. She walked four hitters in the initial three innings but after her big two-run swat, Watson retired six of the next seven hitters without yielding a hit or a free pass, including slamming the door on the Lady Cardinals for a 1-2-3 seventh.

Watson ended the game with a two-hitter, limiting Collinsville to a 2-for-23 (.087) day at the plate with six strikeouts.

Deer Creek, now improving to 30-7, will play at noon Friday in the semifinals against Claremore, which blanked Duncan, 3-0. Powerful Carl Albert improved to 33-1 by pummelling Lawton MacArthur, 8-1.

“Hopefully so,” Deer Creek head coach Regier stated. “Maybe we can play a little more loose.

“I think we have confidence to play off of our seniors and go from there.”

Jordan Williams also scored Deer Creek’s first run when trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth. She led off the frame with a base on balls and came home with two out when a nervous Collinsville left fielder dropped Kennedy Turner’s high fly near the foul line.

In all, the Antlers mustered just three hits off of Cardinal pitching, batting .200 (3-for-15) as Watson and shortstop Kelsi Williams finished 1-for-3 and Thompson came in at 1-for-2. At short, Kelsi Williams made a big assist in the sixth up by just a run. With no outs and a runner at first, Williams had to hustle in toward the hole. She planted and flipped over to Lauren Coleman at second to record the out in time.

In the third, Deer Creek three-sacker Perri Cole rushed in on a nubber and made a strong throw to just get the runner. Also in the third, the catcher, Turner, fired a throw right in the bull’s-eye to Kelsi Williams to mow down a would-be base stealer at second.

The Lady Cardinals’ lone hits came from Makayla Bowman (1-for-2) and Marissa Huggins (1-for-2).


Text Only
  • spts-ESF Max McGreevy state champ.jpg Santa Fe alum McGreevy makes U.S. Amateur

    OU’s Max McGreevy, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, and University of Tulsa’s Logan McCracken qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers. This year’s championship will be held at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9-17.

    Qualifying Players
    Max McGreevy, Edmond 67-65—132
    Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 69-66—135

    1st Alt. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton 69-71—140
    2nd Alt. Thomas Johnson, Norman 71-69—140

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-OC Rhein Gibson 17 tee.jpg Gibson closes British Open with a 78, 3 birdies in final 6 holes

    Even if he didn’t post the score he wanted, Rhein Gibson left Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday knowing he at least finished strong.
    Gibson’s final-round 6-over-par 78 at the British Open looks a lot better when one considers he birdied three of his final six holes. The Oklahoma Christian alum finished his first major championship at 10-over-par 298 — in 72nd place overall — earning himself a paycheck of $20,840.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-OGA Reid mug.jpg Edmond’s Reid comes back to win Senior Stroke Play

    James Reid, of Edmond, rallied to win the OGA’s Senior Stroke Play Championship with a smoking 67 July 15 at the Trails Country Club in Norman. Edmond’s Jon Valuck tied for fifth place.
    In the pro series, Cameron Meyers of Edmond shot 68-70 for the top prize while Andrew Green of Edmond finished third.

    Oklahoma Golf Association
    Senior Stroke Play Championship
    July 14-15
    The Trails Golf Club
    Final Results

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-AF Will Conant kicker.jpg Air Force kicker Conant named to Groza Award watch list

    Air Force senior Will Conant, an Edmond Memorial graduate, is one of 30 players nationwide to be named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
    Conant hit 32-of-33 PATs and 11-of-13 field-goal attempts last season. He ranked third in the conference in field-goal percentage with an 84.6 mark that is the fourth-best in school history and best since Joey Ashcroft hit 88.8 percent (16-18) in 2002.
    Conant is one of two kickers in Air Force history to hit three times from 50-plus yards in a season. He hit three 52-yard kicks last season (versus Colgate, San Diego State, New Mexico), matching Ryan Harrison’s three 50-plus field goals in 2007. Conant’s three 50-plus field goals already rank him third in school history in career 50-yard field goals.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-OC Rhein Gibson British Open.jpg OC alum Gibson holes pressure putt on 18, makes cut at British Open

    It was the biggest putt of Rhein Gibson’s life — which is saying something for a guy who once shot a world-record 55 — and the Oklahoma Christian alum and Edmond resident responded the way he has so many times before.
    A four-time NAIA All-American while at Oklahoma Christian University, Gibson made the 15-footer for a birdie on No. 18 as darkness descended at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, capping a 2-over-par 74 and allowing him to make the cut in the world’s most prestigious tournament.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-Senior Open Josh Cook hands on hips.jpg ‘Cook’-ing up a championship golf course

    When the practice rounds began at the U.S. Senior Open July 7, the ramblings were almost non-stop.
    From the players who live at the course to professional golfers from across the ocean and diverse parts of the globe, the consensus was that Oak Tree National was in tremendous shape and the players were keyed up to compete on it.
    “The golf course is fantastic,” Oak Tree resident Bob Tway said on the first day of competition July 10. “It’s hard, but it’s fantastic.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OPINION: Posturing, predictions fly as SEC turns to a new season

    Little news is truly made at the Southeastern Conference's media days, where players and coaches predict, insinuate and deflect in advance of this fall's college football season.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OPINION: James bears the weight of Cleveland's championship dreams

    Can LeBron James change Cleveland sports history? Overcoming this city's tortured curse could prove impossible - even for the world's best basketball player.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20110929_bowling.jpg Why fewer people go bowling

    Like other industries facing tough economic times, America's bowling centers are trying to reinvent themselves.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montgomerie trophy1.jpg SLIDESHOW: Montgomerie takes U.S. Senior Open in playoff

    In Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, hole 16 helped to push upstart Gene Sauers to his 3-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap.
    But Sunday to close it out, it became his nemesis.
    Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie had to make up 4 shots on Sauers to force a playoff and it was accomplished — with the help of hole 16. Montgomerie won the three-hole playoff by parring 18 to win the 2014 U.S. Senior Open championship.

    July 13, 2014 3 Photos 1 Slideshow