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
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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