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 Hayden Wood’s 6-under-par 66 in the middle session. Jenks placed second (911), Edmond Santa Fe third (912) and Edmond Memorial fourth (926).
“I think Hayden and Nick (Heinen) firing a combined 10-under turned the tide,” stated Edmond North head coach Jeff Doherty about yet a ninth straight state crown. “They are supposed to carry us, the No. 1 and 1A players. They just went above and beyond the call of duty.”
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. Finalizinag the Huskies’ state scores was Griffin Pierce, who turned in a 79-75-83—237.
“These kids (Edmond North) work so hard for many reasons,” Doherty noted. “1. Because it is the right thing to do; 2. they do not want to get beat out; 3. I believe it is how their parents taught them. Don’t wait for a handout, get out there and work your bottom off.”
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.
Edmond North wins 9th successive state title at Karsten Creek Golf Club; Santa Fe's McGreevy takes home back-to-back individual titles
Edmond North did it again.
Two UCO football players named All-Region
Central Oklahoma running back Joshua Birmingham and wide receiver Marquez Clark both earned first-team recognition on the Daktronics All-Super Region Three Team that was released today, with Clark also claiming second-team honors at kick returner.
First-team honorees on the four all-region teams selected around the country are now eligible for Daktronics All-America selection, with those teams to be announced Dec. 17.
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Bulldogs use extra period in conquest of Norman North
Defense and Kristian Doolittle drawing fouls aided Edmond Memorial to a 53-48 win in overtime at Norman North Tuesday night.
“It was a total team effort,” Bulldog head coach Shane Cowherd said about the triumph. “We had great play from Jacob Essman on the glass and Kristian Doolittle who drew foul after key foul.”
Down the stretch, Memorial’s Taylor Hicks hit some huge free throws to contribute to the team win. Hicks led the ‘Dogs with 14 points, Essman added 11 and Doolittle finished with nine.
“It was a very solid win for us,” Cowherd added. “Norman North is very talented.
Football playoffs moved back a week
With the primary concern of the safety and welfare of participants, coaches, administrators and fans, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) has postponed all state football playoff games one full week.
Oklahoma State University has served as a gracious host for the past four years for Classes 6A through A, and their understanding of the need to insure safe travel for the schools helped the OSSAA to make the determination. We also extend our gratitude to Tulsa University and their administrative staff for making themselves available to our member schools.
Lady Huskies start out in win column
The Edmond North Lady Huskies stepped out on the right foot Tuesday night, staving off visiting Stillwater 70-64 in the first game of the 2013-14 season.
“We kept our composure and continued to be aggressive,” said North head coach Karlie Free. “Stillwater attempted to apply some pressure with a full-court press, but we handled it and had kids step up and hit free throws down the stretch.”
Big baskets in the final period came from a pair of up-and-coming freshmen as 5-7 Lauren Koenig and 5-7 Emma Ledbetter came through in the clutch to keep the Huskies on top. The rookie duo each hit double-figures, scoring 10 points each.
Wolfpack swarms Millers in third quarter
After a 36-36 deadlock at intermission with Yukon Tuesday night, the Edmond Santa Fe boys jelled as a defense in the third period to pull away from the Millers 78-66 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“We didn’t come out and do a very good job defensively the whole night,” said Wolves coach Lenny Hatchett after the opening-night victory. “It was mainly because Yukon did a great job of playing smart and patient. We did come out in the second half and play more as a team, but we have to do a better job of putting four quarters together — we just played better team defense in the third quarter.”
In the third, the Wolfpack took the stanza handily by a 20-7 margin.
Wolf Curran Scott exploded for 29 points, hitting a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. He was ensued by teammate Daron Mims’ 16 points.
Santa Fe will host 15th Street foe Edmond Memorial Friday night weather permitting.
YMCA spring sports registration nears
Registration for YMCA spring sports will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 24 for volleyball (ages 8-15), track (5-14) and soccer (3-14) at the Rankin and the new Mitch Park YMCA located at 1501 W. Covell Road.
For the Rankin YMCA, call 348-9622 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.
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UCO men rout OCU
Seth Heckart scored eight points during a 22-6 run early in the second half that put Central Oklahoma back in control and the Bronchos went on to roll over Oklahoma City 85-63 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House on the second day of the UCO Classic.
The Stars had trimmed a 14-point first-half deficit to four early in the second half before Heckart scored five straight points to ignite the big scoring spurt that ended with UCO holding a 20-point cushion and the Bronchos coasted in from there.
It was the fourth straight win for Central, which improved to 6-1 in finishing off a two-game sweep in the weekend event.
UCO's Dauphin named MIAA Wrestler of Week
Central Oklahoma’s Cory Dauphin has been named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced.
The senior from El Reno captured the 157-pound title and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open Nov. 23 as he remained undefeated on the season.
Dauphin breezed to three wins in the one-day tournament, following an opening-round bye with 7-2 and 6-1 victories before scoring a first-period fall in the finals. The defending national champion improved to 8-0 in running his winning streak to 26 in a row.
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