All-Edmond Cross Country 2012
BOYS CO-RUNNERS OF THE YEAR
Alex Shook, senior, Edmond Memorial
A four-time All-Edmond Cross Country selection, Shook won the Mid-State Conference meet in 15:48 and the 6A Regional in Norman in 16:00. He was Edmond’s fastest at the State meet, finishing sixth overall with a time of 16:00.17.
Shook led Edmond 6A runners with a 10th-place finish at the Cowboy Jamboree; was third at Edmond Pre-State; and second at the Dog Pack Run with a time of 16:24.37.
He led the Bulldogs to wins at Regional and conference, second place at Edmond Pre-State and a third-place finish at the State meet.
Bryce Balenseifen, sophomore, Deer Creek
Balenseifen warmed up early in the season by placing eighth at Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Jamboree, third at Holland Hall and second in 5A at Edmond’s Dog Pack Run. He barreled into the postseason on a roll after winning the Edmond Pre-State meet and Guthrie’s Cottonwood Flats Run, and won the Suburban Conference meet in 16:53.37, the 5A Regional in 16:31 and the Class 5A state title in 16:17.41.
He paced the Antlers to team wins at Edmond Pre-State, the Dog Pack Run, Guthrie, conference, Regional and State.
GIRLS CO-RUNNERS OF THE YEAR
Jaci Smith, sophomore, Edmond North
Smith led Edmond runners with a fifth-place finish at the Cowboy Jamboree; was fourth at Edmond Pre-State; first at Guthrie; third at the Metro Conference meet; and second at Regional with a time of 12:17. She collapsed within sight of the finish line at the State meet, before rallying to finish 37th with a time of 12:29.61.
Smith ran 18:54.70 in a rare girls 5K at the Edmond Dog Pack Run in September, finishing third. She took first individually and led the Lady Huskies to the top finish at a 5K run in Plano, Texas, on Sept. 1. She won the OK Runner Classic in Norman early in the season, beating the eventual state champion by 13 seconds.
Jaclyn Hummel, sophomore, Edmond Memorial
After placing 16th at state last season as a freshman, Hummel became Memorial’s most consistent runner as a sophomore. She finished 10th at the OK Runner Classic in Norman early in the season, was third at Enid and seventh at Edmond’s Pre-State meet.
She ran 11:59 to finish third at the Mid-State Conference meet and was third at Regional in 12:08. She turned it on when it counted, dropping almost 20 seconds off her conference time to finish eighth at the State meet in 11:40.99, tops for Edmond girls runners.
GIRLS FIRST TEAM
Jenny Mehner, Edmond North — 16th at Cowboy Jamboree; 4th in the 5K at the Dog Pack Run; 5th at the OK Runner; 4th at Plano; 4th at the Metro Conference meet; 3rd at Regional; 17th at State
Rachel Lewis, Deer Creek — 5th at Edmond Pre-State; 4th at the Suburban Conference meet; 5th at Regional; 7th at State in 12:18.94
Rachel Davis, Edmond Santa Fe — 13th in the 5K at the Edmond Dog Pack Run; 7th at the Metro Conference meet; 26th at State
Clara O’Connor, Edmond Memorial — 14th at Edmond Pre-State; 19th at OK Runner; 6th at Enid; 5th at the Mid-State Conference meet; 15th at Regional; 15th at State
Hannah Taff, Edmond Memorial — 4th at Enid; 17th at conference; 16th at Regional; 24th at State
GIRLS SECOND TEAM
Kelsey Hicks, Edmond North — 5th at conference; 18th at Regional; ran State in 12:43.15; 2nd at Guthrie; 13th at Plano; 21st at OK Runner
Carlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe — 14th in the 5K at the Dog Pack Run; 12th at the Metro Conference meet; 19th at Regional; 31st at State
Miranda Wolf, Edmond Santa Fe — 10th in the 5K at the Dog Pack Run; 11th at the Metro Conference meet; 38th at State
Kysha Miller, Edmond Santa Fe — 8th in the 5K at the Dog Pack Run; 9th at the Metro Conference meet; 39th at State
Sheri Snyder, Deer Creek — 7th at Edmond Pre-State; 8th at the Suburban Conference meet; 10th at Regional; 16th at State
BOYS FIRST TEAM
Austin Mayer, Edmond North — 16th at Cowboy Jamboree; 9th at Edmond Pre-State; 6th at the Dog Pack Run; 4th at Plano; 1st at Guthrie; 1st at Metro Conference; 10th at Regional in 17:22; 19th at State in 16:29.47
Justin Smith, Edmond North — 23rd overall at the state meet; fourth among Edmond runners, with a time of 16:34.54; 15th at the Class 6A West Regional and fourth at the Metro Conference meet, with a time of 17:00.31; 5th at Guthrie’s Cottonwood Flats Run, 6th at the Mustang Harrier Run and 7th in the Dog Pack Run at Edmond Santa Fe
Blake Crouch, Edmond North — 12th at Dog Pack Run; 7th at Plano; 3rd at Guthrie; 2nd at the Metro Conference meet; 13th at Regional in 17:29; 27th at State
Gabe Thompson, Edmond Memorial — 13th at Edmond Pre-State; 9th at Dog Pack; 4th at the Mid-State Conference meet; 3rd at Regional; 15th at State
Blaine Powell, Deer Creek — 2nd at Guthrie; 5th at Edmond’s Pre-State meet; 4th at Regional; 8th at State
Chris Ebert, Edmond Memorial — 10th at Edmond Pre-State; 8th at Dog Pack; 3rd at the Mid-State Conference meet; 7th at Regional; 34th at State
BOYS SECOND TEAM
Coleman Crawley, Deer Creek — 9th at Cowboy Jamboree; 11th at Edmond Pre-State; 11th at Holland Hall; 6th at the Dog Pack Run; 4th at Guthrie; 4th at the Suburban Conference meet; 6th at Regional; 9th at State
Christian Powell, Edmond Santa Fe — 6th at the Metro Conference meet; 17th at Regional; 28th at State
Neil Knight, Edmond Santa Fe — 14th at Dog Pack Run; 9th at the Metro Conference meet; 24th at Regional; 29th at State
Chandler King, Deer Creek — 10th at Dog Pack Run; 7th at Guthrie; 5th at the Suburban Conference meet; 11th at Regional; 10th at State
All-Edmond Cross Country 2012
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Monday's game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars was postponed after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench shortly after completing a shift in the first period.
North grad fuels OCU
Oklahoma City University clobbered St. Gregory’s 12-3 on Sunday at Jim Wade Stadium supported by three runs batted in by freshman Jared Baker out of Edmond North High School.
Ryan Wright, a junior from Fruitland, Idaho, drove in four runs while going 3-for-5 with a double and his first home run with OCU. The Stars, ranked fifth in NAIA baseball, improved to 14-3, 6-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Deer Creek boys make state; Bulldogs eliminated by Owasso
The Deer Creek Antlers made a run on Durant in the third quarter of a Class 5A area consolation championship game that thrusted Deer Creek into the state tournament for the first time since 1997.
The Antlers, 18-9, got up on the Lions by six points in the third and then held the ball, thus forcing Durant to come out of its zone en route to a 54-45 win.
Led by Conner Avants’ 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, Deer Creek got some easy scores going against the Lions’ pressure in the fourth.
Antler Tyler Haddock added 16 points and five rebounds and teammate Brett Valentine contributed eight points.
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.”
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