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.
Workman's blasts cranks UCO's engine; Bronchos cruise to 5-2 win
Nicole Workman’s solo home run gave Central Oklahoma a lead it would never relinquish and the No. 19-ranked Bronchos went on to topple Winona State 5-2 in the first game of the NCAA Division II Central Super Regional Friday night at the Edmond North High School Softball Complex.
Workman blasted her 14th homer of the season to lead off the second inning, with UCO adding three runs in the third and one more in the fifth to take a commanding 5-0 lead before the Warriors created some anxious moments in their final at bat.
WSU scored two runs and had runners on second and third on with just one out in the top of the seventh, but Kalynn Shrock got the final two batters to close out her fourth straight complete-game outing of the postseason and put the Bronchos in control of the best-of-three series.
Richters rip competition at KickingBird
The KickingBird 2-man scramble was won by Jeff and Josh Richter, finishing with a 57.9 on May 11.
Jeff Jester and Kevin Wright wrapped up second-place honors with a 59.9 and Rick Morales and Ronnie Roberts placed third (60.1).
In the second flight, the top score was 60.4 by Jerry Bernhardt and Ted Carter. Picking up silver was the tandem of Jerry Fuller and Ramona Jacobi (61.2) and the third-place squad was Dyke Hoppe and Mark VanSickle at 62.0.
Morales was closest to the pin on No. 6 and Jeff Richter landed a dart on hole 14.
Eagles' season finished; Lopez earns national honor
Southeastern, Fla. eliminated Oklahoma Christian 4-0 om the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series in Mason, Ohio today to advance to the tournament semifinals, while OC closes at 26-26.
OC would have advanced to the semifinals with a win, but completed a terrific turnaround from an 8-34 season in 2012. The Eagles made only the second national-tournament appearance in the program's history, with the other coming in 1972, when OC finished third in the NAIA World Series.
Multiple baseball camps offered in Edmond
Edmond Schools baseball coaches Kyle Roberts (Edmond Memorial), Jeff Shafer (Edmond Santa Fe) and Karl King (Edmond North) will instruct the Edmond All-Star Baseball Camps starting May 28 at Edmond North High School.
A pair of all-skills camps will take place for kids ages 5 and older from May 28-31 and June 3-6. Times are the same, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
On June 7, a pitcher/catcher camp will be offered for ages 8 and older with the identical time frame. Cost is $35 for the pitcher/catcher camp and $125 for the all-skills camp.
For further inquiries, contact Karl King at 863-3570.
Arthur Hills eating up Bronchos
Central Oklahoma’s struggles continued at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Friday.
The Bronchos made 10 double bogeys and two triple bogeys en route to a season-high 329 score on the rugged 6,228-yard, par-72 Arthur Hills Legends Course at LPGA International, leaving UCO in 10th place with a three-round total of 975.
Nova Southeastern has an 881 total heading into Saturday’s final round, giving the four-time defending champion Sharks a one-shot lead over second-place Lynn.
Bronchos will make 12th appearance in national golf championship Monday
No. 18-ranked Central Oklahoma will make its 12th appearance in the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships in Hershey, Pa. next week.
The 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament runs Monday-Wednesday at the 7,061-yard, par-71 Hershey Country Club East Course, with the top-eight teams from the 20-team field advancing to match play.
Online registration for 2013 UCO Endeavor Games now open
Registration is now open online for athletes and volunteers for the 2013 University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games, June 6-9, the nation’s largest multi-sport event for athletes with physical disabilities.
Athletes of all ages or sporting experience are invited to register for the event. Community members are also encouraged to register to volunteer with more than 300 volunteer opportunities available.
Similar to the summer Paralympic Games, athletes may register for multiple adaptive sports, which include cycling, indoor archery, outdoor archery, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, shooting, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball, and, for the first time at the UCO Endeavor Games, paratriathlon. The paratriathlon will be limited to athletes over the age of 16 with previous paratriathlon experience.
Deer Creek drops Carl Albert again for state title
They did it again.
The Deer Creek girls soccer team knocked off rival Carl Albert in the Class 5A state soccer title game for the second consecutive season.
The Lady Antlers, led by freshman Lauren Haivala’s two goals, topped the Titans 2-1 May 10 at Noble High School.
On May 7, Deer Creek blanked Tulsa Edison 2-zip in the semifinals for a chance to play for its fourth state championship in girls soccer.
UCO to host US women's sitting volleyball team's exhibition matches against Russia
The University of Central Oklahoma will host five exhibition matches of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team versus the Russian National Women Sitting Volleyball Team beginning tonight at 10. Matches continue on Saturday at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. and a single match on Sunday at 9 a.m.
This will be the first time the Paralympic silver medaling Team USA has faced Russia since 2011. According to Head Coach Bill Hamiter, these matches will serve as preparation for the Sitting Volleyball World Championships in 2014.
Team USA will be available after each match to meet with fans and sign autographs.
All exhibition matches are free and open to the public.
Impact-making Graves inks with OBU
When a basketball team goes 80-3 over the years a player was there, that athlete has made a profound impact on that particular program.
Not only did she/he leave a legacy athletically to have that type of success in Class 6A, but left a mark in a leadership capacity as well.
Cameerah Graves, Edmond Santa Fe’s standout guard who led 6A in assists her senior season with 129, signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma Baptist University last week.
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