High school playoff football begins this week with five Edmond teams in the mix.
Edmond North and Edmond Memorial will start things off with an Edlam matchup on Thursday while Edmond Santa Fe, Deer Creek and Oklahoma Christian School will face their opponents on Friday night. All of Edmond’s teams are 9-1 with the exception of the Memorial Bulldogs, who are the only team in the Class 6A playoffs with a losing record.
North (9-1) and Memorial (4-6) will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wantland Stadium on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. It’s the second meeting of the season for the crosstown rivals, with the Huskies taking a 44-0 victory on opening night.
The Bulldogs were without their starting quarterback in that game and parts of the next two, as Memorial started out 0-5 before going on a tear in the middle of district play. Memorial won four of their last five games, marred only by an intra-city loss to Santa Fe. The Bulldogs got district wins over Southmoore and Mustang that vaulted Memorial past those teams, who finished with better win-loss records than the ’Dogs.
The decisive victory put the Huskies on a roll that would continue through the regular season with only a 27-49 hiccup at Norman North, leaving North with a 9-1 record. The Husky defense threw two shutouts this year, and the offense topped 40 points seven times.
Santa Fe (9-1) will take on Putnam City North (6-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at Wantland Stadium. It’s the first meeting of the year for the two teams, but the Panthers lost 28-52 to Edmond North, whom Santa Fe played much tougher before taking a 13-26 loss in week three.
The game looks like a mismatch on paper, as ESF has scored 459 points and allowed 239, while PCN has scored 348 and allowed 251.
The Huskies and Wolves could potentially meet in the semifinals, but North would have to advance past Jenks (8-2) and Santa Fe past Tulsa Union (8-2) in round two.
The east side teams — Jenks, Union, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Sand Springs — all have worse win-loss records than the Huskies and Wolves, but have spent the season beating up on each other. The east siders’ losses have come at the hands of each other, or out-of-state teams.
Add to that the Norman teams, which are both 9-1, and even without an undefeated team or a clear favorite, you have a beefy Class 6A field.
The Deer Creek Antlers enter the Class 5A playoffs in top form, having weathered an overtime loss at Guthrie on Oct. 18 and taken a 25-12 win at previously unbeaten Bishop McGuinness on the last day of the season to win their district.
Deer Creek (9-1) will face Ardmore (5-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home. The teams have not met this season. The stiffest competition on Deer Creek’s side of the bracket appears to be Guthrie (9-1), whom the Antlers would meet in the semifinals in both teams win in the first two rounds. On the other side of the Class 5A bracket loom Del City, Claremore and Bishop McGuinness, all 9-1.
The Antlers are first in scoring offense and second in scoring defense, while the Irish are first in scoring defense and second in scoring offense in Class 5A.
Oklahoma Christian School (9-1) will meet Tonkawa (5-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at OCS in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
The Saints’ only loss of the year came in week three to Class 3A Jones; OCS began the season with a 27-24 victory over Class 3A power Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa.
Class 2A features a number of powerhouse teams, including Vian, Stroud and Davis — none of whom have given up more than 70 points this season — plus Adair and Frederick, who are both 10-0.
OCS would potentially face Stroud in round three and Frederick in the semifinals.
High school playoff football begins this week with five Edmond teams in the mix.
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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