Edmond North’s Ally Robertson swims consistently throughout the year.
But when state comes around, the Lady Husky seems to find another gear.
Saturday at the Edmond Schools Aquatic Center, Robertson won four gold medals — two individual — for the second successive year in the state swimming championships.
The Lady Huskies as a team placed second to Norman North after winning the past three state team titles. The Lady Timberwolves scored 365 points to Edmond North’s 320. Edmond Memorial picked up a fifth-place team finish with 178 points with help from Natalie Vorel’s championship winning performance in the 500 Freestyle. Edmond Santa Fe placed 11th with 74 points.
“Norman North’s depth is what really won them the meet,” said Steve Riggs, head swimming coach for all of the Edmond schools. “Last year, we (Edmond North girls) lost a good 100 points (to graduation) and Norman North happened to catch us on one of those years where we lost a lot and they (Norman North) are very good.”
Robertson, a junior, won individual gold in the 100 Breastroke in 1:06.31, just .19 ahead of Haley Downey from Bartlesville. Fellow Lady Husky Sarah Helton grabbed the bronze in 1:09.49.
Robertson also cleared Downey for the top prize in the 200 IM with a sparkling 2:06.25, this time overtaking her adversary by over four seconds.
“The only other one we’ve ever had (win four golds back-to-back) is Samantha Woodward,” Riggs lauded. “Ally is just like her — she loves to be the anchor.
“That relay (200 Medley when Robertson touched just a mere .04 ahead of Norman North for the gold in 1:50.86) the girls knew they would be behind because Bartlesville was really good.
“The whole plan was to put Ally in the best position they could.”
When Robertson hit the water, she was third, but dug in hard and won by the closest of margins.
“She is so tough, when she races she usually comes out on top,” Riggs noted.
Robertson was joined by Ryanne Vance, Alexa Acuna and Sarah Helton marking the fifth straight year the Lady Huskies won the event at state. The 200 Freestyle state championship team consisted of Robertson, Vance, Olivia Seefeldt and Julia Kirby. Vance also placed fourth individually in both the 50 Freestyle (25.01) and the 100 Butterfly (59.73) and Seefeldt garnered a fourth-place finish in the 100 Freestyle in 55.84.
“Julia Kirby didn’t swim on that team until state,” Riggs said. “She earned that spot and Sarah Helton had a great year, placing third in the breast and fourth in the IM — it took all of them.”
Memorial’s Natalie Vorel took the state crown in the 500 Freestyle by daylight, swimming to a 5:18.55 over silver medalist Camryn Huggins of Jenks (5:23.14). Vorel also took fourth in the 200 Freestyle (2:01.16).
“Natalie Vorel had an excellent plan on how to swim to win her 500,” Riggs said. “Toward the middle of the race, Jenks (Huggins) passed her, but I was so proud of her. She stuck to her plan and came back and passed the Jenks girl up to win the gold.”
In Class 6A boys, Norman North took home six first places to run off with the team title with 353 points while Edmond North wound up third (262.5) and Edmond Memorial fourth (222). Santa Fe came in 17th with 14 points. The bronze medal signifies the 11th time in the past 12 years that the Huskies placed in the top three at state.
Husky Alan Tran swam to a silver medal in the 500 Freestyle (4:46.92), just a little over a second behind Southmoore’s Reid Hibbs, who was actually behind Tran in the race before firing at the end.
Edmond North’s Garrett Duncan captured a third-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke (59.74) and a second placing in the 200 IM (1:56.35). Teammate Joe Short placed fourth in both the 100 Butterfly (52.13) and the 100 Backstroke (54.19).
The Huskies were also second in the 200 Medley Relay (1:39.37) and fourth in the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:21.58).
Memorial’s Francisco Ochoa snatched a bronze in the 100 Freestyle in 48.39 and fellow Bulldog Jonathan Ye was right with him in fourth in 48.63. Memorial also took third in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a final time of 3:19.35.
“They all swam hard and Saturday was their best day,” Riggs said. “We had a lot of kids score points at state who we weren’t sure of earlier in the year. They all fought hard.”
In 5A girls, Deer Creek’s Paige Nall swam to a pair of silver medals to enable the Lady Antlers to place in the top 10 with 104 points. Ft. Gibson won the state title with 247 points and Oklahoma Christian School came in 20th with 37 points.
Nall cut through the water in 56.07 in the 100 Freestyle and 2:02.40 in the 200 Freestyle. Teammate Amberly White garnered a fourth place in the 200 IM (2:27.20).
The Deer Creek boys placed 17th with 22 points. Stillwater was the champion with 263.
Edmond North girls place second; Memorial’s Vorel claims top medal
Edmond North’s Ally Robertson swims consistently throughout the year.
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.”
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.
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