PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Edmond North senior pitcher
From the plate and the circle, Dixon propelled the Huskies to the state championship this year. The four-year starter at pitcher threw 25 of North’s 40 games this season, compiling a 23-1 record with a 1.27 earned run average and 224 strikeouts to just 76 walks. She tied for the team lead with 41 RBIs, hit .452, scored 15 runs, stole three bases and knocked a pair of home runs.
In the state title game against Moore, she went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, drove in two runs, and allowed only two runs on three hits in six innings.
A four-time All-Edmond softball selection and the local coaches’ unanimous pick as player of the year this season, Dixon signed a letter of intent to play for Marshall University next fall.
Edmond Memorial senior pitcher
Squier led from the plate (.419, 17 RBIs, 25 runs) and the circle (22-9, 1.58 ERA, 154 strikeouts to 55 walks). She also drew a team-high 25 walks and handled 93 balls defensively at pitcher. Coaches point to her leadership and athleticism as reasons for the Lady Bulldogs’ success, as Squier pitched all but two of Memorial’s games this season. She signed to play at Oklahoma Christian University.
Edmond Memorial senior catcher
Memorial coach Janet Chartney says Smith is by far the best fundamental defensive catcher to come through the school in a long time. She was hitting .460 when she was sidelined by a midseason concussion, and returned to hit .330 and turn in 27 runs, 14 walks and nine RBIs on the season, despite finishing the year with a dislocated kneecap. She’ll play for Division I University of North Texas in 2013.
Edmond Memorial senior first baseman
Littles hit 10 home runs this season, giving her 21 career round-trippers. She was tops on the Bulldogs in runs (39), RBIs (34) and batting average (.483). She hit in 26 of Memorial’s 33 games, and had multiple hits in 11 of those. Littles walked 22 times and turned in a slugging percentage of .944. She will be a University of Central Oklahoma Broncho next fall.
Deer Creek senior first baseman
Goodin hit .408 and went 32-32 in RBIs and runs scored with 11 stolen bases and a pair of home runs this season. Antlers coach Erin Regier said Goodin, an All-District selection, was her most valuable player on the defensive side. Her toughness was evident — she was hit by a pitch 14 times.
Edmond North junior second baseman
Bond led the Huskies with 47 runs scored and 25 stolen bases, and hit .391 with 22 RBIs and three home runs. In the field, she had 71 put-outs and 19 assists, and had only four errors in 40 games, for a .957 fielding percentage.
Deer Creek senior second baseman
Wells was the All-District most valuable player, and made the All-Region team. She turned in 22 RBIs, and led the Antlers with a .485 batting average and 40 runs scored. She also stole 13 bases and hit one home run.
Edmond North junior shortstop
Nordyke hit .427, drove in 32 runs and scored 32 herself, stole seven bases and hit a pair of home runs. She had a .946 fielding percentage at shortstop, with only five errors in 40 games. As North’s No. 2 pitcher, she went 15-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 92 strikeouts. She scored four times and drove in a run in the Huskies’ title win over Moore.
Edmond Santa Fe sophomore shortstop
Heath led the Wolves with 38 RBIs, and tacked on 25 runs, five stolen bases and a team-leading three home runs, and only struck out three times on the year. She had a fielding percentage of .931. Splitting time at pitcher, she had a 2.60 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 107 2/3 innings, and went 6-12 for a young Santa Fe team.
Edmond Santa Fe senior IF/OF/P
McComas was the epitome of versatility this season. She played in all of the Wolves’ 38 games, at pitcher, shortstop, second base and outfield.
She easily led Santa Fe in runs scored (39), hits (58) and batting average (.479), had 18 RBIs and four stolen bases, and only struck out four times. McComas played roughly half of her games out of her natural middle infield position, and still turned in a fielding percentage of .900. Splitting time at pitcher, she went 8-9 with a 2.47 ERA and 65 strikeouts.
Coach Rhonda Lawson called McComas the Wolves’ most valuable player. “She was my leader, my motivator, my success story,” Lawson said.
The four-year starter and three-time All-Edmond selection hit .374 for her career. She signed to play at Cameron University in the fall.
Edmond North senior outfielder
One of only two current four-time All-Edmond selections, Taliaferro led the Huskies with seven home runs, and was second in runs with 41 and RBIs with 38. She chipped in nine stolen bases and had only one error in 40 games in left field, after making the switch from third base before the season. She accounted for five runs — three scored, two driven in — in the championship game against Moore.
Edmond North sophomore outfielder
White, the All-District Newcomer of the Year, tied for the team lead in RBIs with 41, and was third in runs with 40. She hit .396 with five home runs and 11 stolen bases. She had four errors in 40 games in center field, where she made 45 put-outs and a whopping 14 assists.
Deer Creek senior outfielder
Bennett, who made All-District and was the MVP of the Antlers’ offense, was second on the team in average at .435 and runs scored with 34, and third with 29 RBIs. She stole 17 bases and was only caught twice.
Emily Watson, DC P
2.35, 13-1, 77 K
Tessa Gipson, DC P
2.74, 13-8, 127 K
Veronica Cassel, OCA C
.426, 18 RBIs, 25 runs, 31 SB
Kacey Taylor, SF C
.375, 28 RBIs, 20 runs
Paige Bond, NO 1B
.272, 26 RBIs, 23 runs, 6 SB
Courtney Payne, OCA 3B
.444, 19 RBIs, 17 runs, 14 SB
Carly Cowan, SF 3B
.333, 31 RBIs, 18 runs, 4 SB
Bailey Thompson, DC 3B
.381, 20 RBIs, 31 runs, 20 SB
Maddie Mitchell, OCA SS
.458, 12 RBIs, 28 runs, 24 SB
Meagan Thompson, DC OF
.380, 30 RBIs, 27 runs, 9 SB
The Edmond Sun’s All-Edmond teams are voted on by area coaches and decided by Sun staff.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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.
Sterling Fans 9 in 11-2 victory over Washburn
Jared Sterling went the distance against Washburn (4-4, 4-4 MIAA) striking out nine and walking just two as Central Oklahoma (9-3, 5-3 MIAA) defeated the Ichabods, 11-2, on a dreary Saturday afternoon at Wendell Simmons Field.
Sterling retired the first seven hitters he faced as he scattered five hits over nine innings. Both runs were unearned in the fifth as both runners reached on an error. When the Ichabods did have a runner on base, Sterling twice induced an inning-ending double play.
The Ichabods leadoff man reached base only twice, once in the fifth via an error and a leadoff single in the ninth. The runner in the ninth was part of a double play that ended the game as Sterling gave an emphatic fist pump.
Deer Creek sweeps home regional
Lady Antler Whitney Jones stole an outlet pass with just less than 25 seconds to play in regulation with the game tied at 51 Saturday afternoon at Deer Creek High School in the regional championship.
After a time-out, Antler Dakota Vann drove to the goal, drew a foul in the process and converted a pair of free throws as fifth-rated Deer Creek went on to defeat Del City 55-51 for the regional crown. The Lady Antlers, 20-5, play at Owasso for the area championship against Collinsville at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with the winner advancing to the state tournament. The Lady Cardinals ripped McAlester 66-30 in their regional championship.
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