The Edmond Sun


November 26, 2012

Bulldogs eye another title run

EDMOND — The path to the Class 6A boys state basketball title has run through Edmond Memorial the last two years. And with another talented squad on tap, the Bulldogs figure to be title contenders again this season.

“Now we’ve got to a level as a program where our expectations are pretty high every year,” head coach Shane Cowherd said. “That’s because of our kids and their hard work. We expect a lot of them, and they expect a lot out of themselves. And I think we’re equipped to have another strong run this year.”

Memorial lost to Tulsa Union in the state championship last year after winning the title in 2011.

The Bulldogs are again loaded with talented players. The most impressive is senior guard Jordan Woodard, who signed with the University of Oklahoma. He averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game last year.

“Jordan is the best guard in the state,” Cowherd said. “He carries a lot of attention from other teams and he’s talented enough to carry that burden. We go as Jordan goes. He’s a very talented young man and we’ll have a chance to compete for a state championship because of what he brings to the table as a player and leader of our program.”

Senior guard Aaron Young will be back in the lineup after battling injuries last year.

“He’s finally healthy and playing at a very high level and I think he’s going to be a wild card in our push this season,” Cowherd said. “He’s a very talented two guard and has a lot of experience playing with Jordan during their younger days. They play very well together.”

The Bulldogs roster will also feature a couple of new additions. Forward Shaquille Morris, who transferred from Santa Fe, will give the Bulldogs a strong inside force. The Wichita State signee averaged 13 points and 5.6 rebounds last year with the Wolves.

“He’s a very talented and explosive big man who gives us an element that we have not had,” Cowherd said. “He’s very hungry to continue to get better.”

Tyler Holcomb, who moved in from Stillwater, is a versatile 6-foot-5 swingman.

“He gives us some more size and strength on the interior, but also the ability to shoot the basketball,” Cowherd said.

Senior Sam Kreutzer and Jacob Essman, a 6-foot-6 junior, will contribute off the bench.

While the Bulldogs have plenty of offensive firepower, Cowherd said their defense will be ever more important.

“I think it comes down to how we defend,” he said. “We’re a defense oriented team and if we can do what we need to do there, then I like our chances.”

Midwest City figures to be one of the Bulldogs’ biggest competitors both in the Mid-State Conference and the state. Del City and Westmoore will also be solid teams.

Along with the Edmond Open Tournament, Memorial will also compete in the Deer Creek Bruce Gray Invitational.

Memorial opens the year Tuesday night at Moore. They host Westmoore Dec. 4 in their home opener.

Text Only
  • spts-LU Stan Holt head men's basketball.jpg Langston University names new head coach for men's basketball

    Langston University has named Stan Holt as head coach for the men’s basketball team.
    “We are excited and pleased to welcome Stan Holt — he is young and eager,” said Mike Garrett, Langston athletic director.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-EN Haley Felix blocked.jpg North soccer teams produce shutouts

    Edmond North’s defense keeps pushing the Lady Huskies higher in the district standings.
    Pitching yet another shutout Tuesday at North High School, Edmond North blanked Moore 4-0 for a perfect 3-0 district mark.
    “Defense as a whole played well once again,” Lady Husky coach Corbin Frank noted. “Senior Shanna Rolfs and junior Chandler Wilson led the way, keeping Moore from ever really threatening the goal.”

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 041514 Nor-Mor b 01.jpg SLIDESHOW: North soccer squads take on Moore

    The Edmond North soccer squads welcomed the Moore Lions for a pair of games Tuesday evening.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos 1 Slideshow

  • 041514 DC-McG 01.jpg SLIDESHOW: Deer Creek wins at Bishop McGuinness

    The Deer Creek Antlers traveled to Bishop McGuinness Tuesday afternoon for a twin bill.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OPINION: Wildcats aren't champs but we're all still watching Calipari

    Kentucky coach John Calipari is a college basketball phenom for his ability to knit together championship-caliber teams of freshmen. How long will Calipari's success last as other coaches catch on?

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oklahoma City FC invites fans to design club scarf

    Oklahoma’s top-tier soccer club, Oklahoma City FC, invites soccer fanatics across Oklahoma to be a part of its future by designing its scarf.
    Scarves are a tradition among soccer clubs and are typically a team’s most recognizable accessory. Scarves are a matter of pride for hard-core supporters and feature team colors, logo and inspiring slogans. Scarves are a part of a team’s identity.

    April 16, 2014

  • bomb1 VIDEO: A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong

    The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-EN Mark Sharpton hurdles.jpg North boys win Deer Creek Invitational; Memorial girls clear 200 points

    The Edmond North boys track squad used a strong showing in the relays to roll up 178 points and outpoint host Deer Creek at the annual Deer Creek Antlers Invitational Friday at Deer Creek High School. The Antlers claimed the runner-up trophy with 158 points.
    It was more of the same in the girls division as powerful Edmond Memorial once again cracked the 200-point barrier en route a 203.7 total with North a distant second with 110 points.
    The Huskies got off to a roaring start as they won the 400 meter relay in 42.25 for 20 points shortly before Mark Sharpton, Jaylon Jones and Reagan Harris added 20 more points with a 1-3-4 finish in the 100 hurdles. Sharpton took the gold with a time of 14.75, Jones was third and Harris fourth. Harris won silver in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40:50.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-MMA Julian Learned 3.jpg Edmond mixed-martial artists raising money for bombing victims

    Nineteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, one family says the financial loss still haunts them. Brandon and Rebecca Denny are two of only six child survivors from the American Kids Day Care on the second floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. After the bombing, Brandon spent several months in intensive care and a rehabilitation center before going home. He has a permanent shunt in the back of his head and now also suffers from seizures.

    April 14, 2014 5 Photos

  • spts-UCO Kalynn Schrock rock back.jpg Schrock throws perfect game again

    Kalynn Schrock was overpowering from the outset in throwing a perfect game as No. 22-ranked Central Oklahoma blanked Washburn 4-0 in the first game of a Mid-America Athletics Association doubleheader in Topeka, Kan., Saturday afternoon.
    The Ichabods rebounded in the nightcap, jumping out to an early 5-0 lead en route to a 5-3 victory that dropped the defending champion Bronchos out of the league lead. UCO is now 35-11 on the season and 19-3 in the MIAA, trailing No. 5 Emporia State (36-9, 16-2) in the standings.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo