Sophomore champion leads DC to team cross country title
The Antlers cruised to their second-straight Class 5A state title at Edmond Santa Fe High School in October, while sophomore Bryce Balenseifen became the school’s sixth straight individual champion.
Deer Creek dominated the 5A field. They placed four runners in the top 10, and all seven finished in the top 25. The Antlers claimed the state title with 36 team points, finishing well ahead of runner-up Coweta (115) and third-place Tahlequah (144).
Deer Creek also won back-to-back team state titles in 2006 and 2007, and has claimed the 5A individual championship the past five years.
“It’s just an incredible feeling to just build on what those guys started,” Balenseifen said.
Huskies, Lady Huskies win team tennis titles
For the third time in a row, the Edmond North Huskies emerged from the class 6A state tennis tournament as the champions, sweeping all four brackets.
And ... for the third time in four seasons, the Edmond North Lady Huskies did the same thing.
North’s boys singles players Nate Roper and David Hager and the doubles teams of Tanner Chambers-Baylor Spring and Bryan Lilley-Josh Nix all won their brackets.
North’s girls doubles teams of Ann Pepper-Lexus Reed and Kristen Bomhoff-Reagan Reed and No. 2 Singles Jaci Smith took titles, and No. 1 Singles Annie Hays took sixth place.
Edmond boasts 3 Gatorade Players of the Year
Gatorade named three athletes from Edmond as state players of the year in their sports, including the New York Yankees’ No. 1 draft pick, a top-flight girls basketball prospect and a sprinter who broke a 22-year record.
Edmond Santa Fe pitcher/corner infielder Ty Hensley received the honor before being drafted to possibly play in pinstripes.
Edmond Santa Fe guard Courtney Walker took the award after leading the Lady Wolves to their second straight state title. She is currently playing for Texas A&M.
Edmond Memorial’s Bryce Robinson won the 100-meter dash, broke a 22-year record in the 200-meter dash and helped the Bulldogs to a team state title.