Edmond North did it again.
The robust Husky golf team romped to their ninth consecutive Class 6A state championship Tuesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater.
The Huskies won it in a landslide, clearing second-place Jenks by a whopping 27 strokes with four players placing in the top 10 individually.
North carded a three-round total of 884, including a smoking 282 aided by Haydon Wood’s 6-under-par 66 in the middle session. Jenks placed second (911), Edmond Santa Fe third (912) and Edmond Memorial fourth (926).
For the second straight spring, Santa Fe’s Max McGreevy lassoed the individual championship, outdueling North’s Nick Heinen on the second playoff hole Tuesday.
“Oklahoma golf is pretty good in general,” Santa Fe head coach Mike Stolz said, referring to the stalwart competition McGreevy has overcome the past two seasons. “Oklahoma golf is tough.
“His ability to concentrate and hit shots is pretty incredible.”
When the smoke cleared at the end of the tournament, McGreevy, Heinen and Norman North’s Thomas Johnson all were deadlocked at a 2-under-par 214. On the initial playoff hole, Johnson was eliminated when he failed to birdie after 3-putting.
McGreevy (71-70-73) then birdied again on the ensuing playoff hole to top Heinen (74-68-72) for the gold medal.
“Mentally, I’ve never had anyone better,” Stolz said of his individual champ. “You take all the best players I’ve had and you will come up with Max.”
McGreevy was invited to play for the Team USA junior squad in Japan last year and will attempt to qualify for this year’s U.S. Open in Wichita, Kan. He will attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall.
Wood (79-66-73—218) placed fifth, Edmond Memorial’s Ty Tamura (72-72-78—221) wound up sixth, North’s Eli Armstrong (79-74-72—225) placed seventh and North’s Tyson Reeder (77-74-76—227) tied for ninth. Finalizing the Huskies’ state scores was Griffin Pierce, who turned in a 79-75-83—237.
Santa Fe’s remaining scores were junior Drew Ison (76-78-76—230), Cody Troutman (82-72-83—237), sophmore Brett Hagan (78-77-80—235) and Kyle Buck (87-80-86—253).
“Brett Hagan just continues to improve,” Stolz said. “He’s really going to come on and do well.”
Also for the second successive year, the Wolves won the state academic trophy with a combined 3.97 gpa.
Rounding out Memorial’s scores were Trent Evans (78-78-78—234), Jacob Bishop (83-79-74—236), Ryan Roberts (79-77-79—235) and Jacob Prentice (86-79-86—251).
On Karsten Creek’s par-3 15th hole, Jenks’ Connor Houston rolled in a hole-in-one from 177 yards out.
Santa Fe's McGreevy takes home individual state crown for second straight year
Edmond North did it again.
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.
Bartlesville’s 6-2 star forward Hailey Tucker averaged over 22 points a game for the Lady Bruins this year.
But not with Edmond Memorial’s Elise Wyatt on her.
Thursday night in a Class 6A area consolation contest at Sapulpa High School, Wyatt and the Lady Bulldogs ended Bartlesville’s season and stayed alive in the high school playoffs with a 48-42 triumph. Memorial will tip off with Putnam North — a team that beat the Lady ‘Dogs at the final horn in the semifinals of the Bruce Gray Invitational — at 1:30 Saturday at Catoosa High School in a do-or-die contest to make it to the state tournament.
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USA sitting volleyball hires Kraeer as UCO-based mens sitting team head coach
The University of Central Oklahoma-based U.S. mens sitting volleyball team welcomes a new head coach, Quinton Kraeer. The university is the official training site for both the mens and womens sitting volleyball teams.
Kraeer will take over the mens program after serving as an assistant for the last several months. He brings nine years of volleyball coaching experience to the team and has served as a pipeline assistant for both the mens and womens teams since 2008.
2014 Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series coming to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
The Oklahoma City RedHawks have announced the schedule for the fourth annual Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series, set to begin this week at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The series begins with three games Saturday and will culminate Saturday, April 5 during the Mayor’s Cup, featuring a triple-header between the three high schools from Edmond and Moore.
The Majestic Roofing High School Baseball Series gives teams and their fans from around the state a chance to have a “professional” experience complete with the use of batting cages, dugouts and state-of-the-art scoreboards.
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