The Edmond Sun

April 26, 2013

Deer Creek's Ananaba inks with Tulsa

Four classmates also sign in the high school's ceremony

Scott Wanish
THE EDMOND SUN

OKLAHOMA CITY — Deer Creek gold medalist Otugo Ananaba signed a letter of intent with the University of Tulsa Friday afternoon at Deer Creek High School. Ananaba participated in a Deer Creek signing which included four other classmates in various sports.

Ananaba, who rocketed his way to the top prize a year ago in the state 100 meters, also picked up a silver in the 200.

Coach David Riden, who was recently named as the NFHS Southwest Coach of the Year, contends that his star athlete is the favorite to win gold in both events this spring as well.

“Otugo is always the first one in and the last one out,” Riden lauded of Ananaba’s work ethic. “I am going to miss him so much for what he has done for our program.”

For cross country, Riden has steered Deer Creek to back-to-back state titles. He was selected not only as the top coach in Oklahoma, but also over seven other surrounding states.

The Lady Antlers had a pair of softball players sign, Haley Goodin with Oklahoma Christian and Megan Thompson with Central Methodist (Mo.).

“Haley is a really, really great player,” Deer Creek softball coach Erin Regier said at the ceremony. “She’s a person of true character and represents Deer Creek very well.”

Thompson, an outfielder and a four-year starter, was also uplifted by Regier.

“Megan has developed into a great power hitter for us,” she said. “Megan takes care of all aspects in life to a high level.”

On the golf course, the Lady Antlers already have won seven tournaments including Wednesday’s Class 5A regional in El Reno.

Aiding Deer Creek is golfer Haley Hill, who signed as a preferred walk-on with the University of Oklahoma. As an individual, Hill won the Duncan Invitational.

Right-handed pitcher Michael Brinska whiffed 18 batters in one game and he will tote his talents to Murray State.