The Edmond Sun

Sports Opinion

November 30, 2009

HARRISON : It’s time for some hoops

With Bedlam in the rearview mirror and talk of freezing temperatures and possible snow this week it can only mean one thing. The winter sports season is upon us.

Tonight the sound of sneakers squeaking on the hardwood will replace the cracking of helmets that have filled Friday nights in Edmond. And after a spectacular fall season in which local schools claimed two team state titles and one individual crown, I can only hope for more this winter.

The three Edmond swimming teams got a head start on things and appear to be on their way to another great season under head coach Steve Riggs. North and Memorial look to have strong boys and girls teams, but the surprise has been the emergence of the Santa Fe squads, which opened with wins over Ponca City and Shawnee.

This could also be a big season for girls basketball in Edmond. North, Santa Fe and Deer Creek are each coming off state tournament berths with many key pieces back in the lineup. Leading the way in that group will be a pair of Division I commits in North junior Elizabeth Donohoe (Oklahoma State) and Santa Fe sophomore Courtney Walker (Oklahoma), who could push their teams deep in the playoffs. Memorial and Oklahoma Christian School girls narrowly missed out on state, but should be in the mix again this year.

On the boys side there does not seem to a be clear cut favorite with Santa Fe, North and OCS all coming off state tournament appearances, but without some major players. The Huskies will have to bounce back without all-state forward Eric Randall, while the Wolves said goodbye to seniors Jordan Murrell and Chris Jones and the Saints will be without Jon Merrill and Hank Holland.

Things weren’t so rosy for the Bulldogs and Antlers last season, but both have reasons to smile. Memorial still has many returning starters in the fold with Obi Emegano leading the charge. The Antlers showed a lot of heart with a strong late season push, after starting the year 1-13. While they have a new coach in Matt Bailey many of the faces are the same including a strong backcourt duo of Jalen Burnett and Garrett Hermanski.

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    Sir Charles gave us this gem back then stating, “A million guys can dunk a basketball in jail, should they be role models?”

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  • HARRISON : It’s time for some hoops With Bedlam in the rearview mirror and talk of freezing temperatures and possible snow this week it can only mean one thing. The winter sports season is upon us.

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    November 17, 2009

  • SPRUIL: Playoff picture still cloudy With most of the district’s already decided — a few key matchups still remain — it’s time to start looking at the playoff picture.

    We know Edmond Memorial, Edmond North and Oklahoma Christian are in the playoffs. Deer Creek is on life support, while Oklahoma Christian Academy and Edmond Santa Fe are done for the year following Friday night.

    November 3, 2009

  • SPRUILL: OU's Bradford still livin' the dream There’s still no guarantee that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford will play this season. But Sooner fan or not, you have to love the Heisman Trophy winner’s attitude.

    His first start could come this week against Baylor, or it could be against Texas. You will not hear any crying from Bradford, though, that is for certain.

    The media has questioned his decision about coming back. He could have been the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, instead he gets injured in the opener and now his future is in question.

    But what seems so shocking to some across the country, really isn’t that shocking at all. Bradford is living his dream. The dream of any former high school star in the state of Oklahoma that wants to play in either Stillwater or Norman.

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  • HARRISON: Local teams draw favorable regional assignments With the end of the regular season fast approaching, local softball teams are turning their attention towards next week’s regional tournaments. While Edmond Santa Fe is the only squad that will be at home next week, all four teams have a legitimate shot at state.

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    As it stands, Edmond still has two undefeated teams in Edmond North and Oklahoma Christian School. And there are signs the big three have reached a near full recovery from the spit.

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