Davis, OK 73030
Record: 8-12 | Unranked
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Regionals at Lone Grove
OSSAA Districts at Riverside
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|@ Bray - Doyle||W||31-72|
Stephens County Tournament
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|@ Pauls Valley||L||63-55|
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Football | | Evan Grice | The Daily Ardmoreite
There’s a new coach at the helm of the Davis Wolves football program. There’s a new coach at the helm of the Davis Wolves football program. But the Davis faithful need not worry, as the new skipper is someone who is all too familiar with the tradition of the red and white. Longtime coach Greg Parker will be stepping into the head coaching role next season for the Wolves, as he replaces Jody Weber, who retired from the position following this past year.
| Ben Johnson
6A: Union rallies late, walks it off for state title
TULSA — Zack Doak’s stuff wasn’t working against Westmoore. Yet, the Union senior ended up with gold in his hands following Union’s 3-2 dramatic victory in the Class 6A championship game.
Union’s Karsten Boudreau danced around trouble with Westmoore base runners reaching every inning, and he dodged any significant damage with 5 1/3 scoreless frames on the mound for the Redskins. Doak even came in to clean up Westmoore’s half of the sixth inning.
Then trouble struck for Doak, a New Mexico signee.
One hit — a one-out double by Erick Rey — segued to two walks and two hit-batsman in the inning, and all of a sudden Westmoore owned a two-run advantage and was three outs away from its first state championship since 1994.
“Just didn’t have it,” Doak said. “I gave it my best effort, but I just couldn’t find the zone.”
In the end, though, Doak was the one holding the Class 6A championship trophy outside of Union’s dugout at J.L. Johnson Stadium. All thanks to a furious rally in the final half inning of the season.
Westmoore’s Jace Bohrofen took the mound to try and collect the final three outs of the game, after Jacob Clark had thrown six scoreless frames — where a Union base runner never advanced past second base. After recording the first out, Bohrofen gave up a one-out single to Michael Dewald, and Nate Raper followed with a walk and Jake Harris’ infield single loaded the bases.
In stepped Union’s Tyler Fisher, who slapped a hard grounder to Rey at second base. And it looked like Westmoore was seconds away from celebrating after completing a double play.
But it all went terribly wrong.
Rey flipped to second base for an out, but shortstop Braxton Bohrofen’s throw to first base went wayward over first baseman Kale Davis’ head. The ball bounced back into play, but not before Union courtesy runner Jack Sestak scored to tie the game.
“He got the ball that he wanted,” Westmoore coach Joe Patterson of Jace Bohrofen. “Sometimes that happens, but obviously we’ve got to be able to overcome that.”
Union leadoff hitter Landen Wood then dropped a single into left field, moving Braden White (running for Fisher) to third base. All of a sudden, Union was the one on the cusp of claiming the state championship.
Sure enough, that’s what Evan Jones did.
Jones ripped a liner into the left-center field gap, and once White touched home plate Union’s dugout erupted and the celebration began with a dogpile on top of Jones right in front of second base.
“I saw my dudes running at me,” Jones said, “so I had to get away from them.”
But to no avail.
Instead, Jones was at the bottom of a pile that Union hadn’t enjoyed since claiming its last championship in 2010.
For Westmoore, it was another runner-up finish after losing to Mustang in the 2017 title game.
“We finally scored some across there, but we never got our hits when it mattered,” said Patterson, whose team left 10 runners on base, including six in scoring position. “…We got two runs, but I felt like we should have got a couple more.”
The run to its seventh championship in program history capped Union’s record at 25-12, the mark of a team that few thought would sustain enough success to reach the state tournament —nevermind finish as the best team in 6A.
“These guys have done this all year long,” Union coach Shawn Newkirk said. “Just kept believing in themselves and kept fighting.”
A middling 6-6 District 6A-4 record sent Union to Enid for regional play, but the Redskins overcame both Enid and Ponca City to return to Tulsa with its season intact. From there, a quarterfinal win over
Choctaw set the stage for back-to-back walk-off wins over Jenks and Westmoore to finish a championship season.
“It’s just the way baseball goes,” Doak said. “You can do anything in baseball. It’s not a single-player sport. It’s a team, and we don’t give up.”
Union 3, Westmoore 2
Clark, J. Bohrofen (7) and Westervelt; Boudreau, Doak (6), Fisher (7) and Raper. W: Fisher; L: J. Bohrofen
| Michael Swisher
How’d we do?
Well, with some picks, we looked like geniuses (Ft. Gibson in softball for me…Jones in 3A for Ben). With others, we looked like morons (too many for me to list).
But who did it best?
That’s what I wanted to know, so I came up with a very complex and layered scoring system to award Ben and I for our various picks. It took hours upon hours of formulating, tweaking, testing and more to come up with the scoring system and I finally was able to come up something usable.
Here it is in it’s entirety:
- 3 points if our pick won the title
- 2 points if our pick was the runner-up
- 1 point if our pick reached the semifinal
Yes, it’s a complicated formula, but we don’t do things the easy way at Skordle.
Anywho, here’s how we did:
Ben was ON FIRE with his first four picks as he correctly tabbed Red Oak, Shattuck, Rattan and Dale to win A, 2A, 3A and 4A, respectively. His picks in the largest two classes weren’t quite as stellar, but both Perkins-Tryon and Broken Bow reached the semifinals, giving him one point in each.
As for myself? I started out hot with my Red Oak pick (I know, big stretch there), but took an “L” with my Binger-Oney pick in Class 2A. The Lady Bobcats got beat in the quarterfinals, which shut me out while Ben picked up three points. Caddo picked me up one point in Class 3A before I picked the winners with Dale and Ft. Gibson in 4A and 5A. Like Ben, I had to settle for a single point with my Broken Bow pick in 6A. Moral of this story? Don’t pick a team solely because you’re little cousin is on the roster. That was the difference.
Ben 14, Swish 11
Ben didn’t have quite the early momentum in this one as he got shutout with his 2A pick when Wister knocked off Latta in the first round. He rebounded nicely by picking Jones to win its first-ever title in 3A, which the Longhorns did. His picks for Blanchard (4A) and Westmoore (5A) also looked solid when they reached their respective title games, but both had to settle for the runner-up trophy. In between, his Collinsville guess in 5A picked him up another round number…as in 0.
But I can’t make fun of him because I went with the darkhorse Duncan in 5A and it turns out the Demons were more of a long shot as they were quickly dispensed of by eventual champ Bishop Kelley in the quarterfinals. With 5A being a wash, it came down to the other four classes. I got the early lead when Silo upended Dale to win Class 2A. Although his Jones team beat by Oktaha squad in the 3A finals, I did get two points there. I only picked up one point with Verdigris in 4A before the Cardinals flamed out in the semifinals and I joined Ben in getting two points with my Westmoore pick. In the end, we both picked one winner….but Ben’s two 0’s ultimately doomed him.
Swish 8, Ben 7
Be sure to keep checking out Skordle for more from Ben on those large-school baseball tournaments. And keep up with the latest coaching news and more as the Skordle staff keeps on top of some of the biggest coaching changes around the state.
| Michael Swisher
Ben Johnson and Michael Swisher are back at it again as they've put together their predictions for this weekend's large-school state baseball tournaments, which begin Thursday.
For the record, Swisher picked Leedey to win Class B and Roff to win Class A last week. You can't find it anywhere on the internet machine that he didn't...so just try to disprove that statement.
Here are the picks. Take Swisher's to the bank. Take Ben's for what they're worth:
Latta - The Panthers lost lost to Silo, 4-3, on April 16. It’ll be different come state tournament time.
Silo - I hate to pick the No. 1 team, but I think I’m going to do it for the first couple of classes. Silo hasn’t lost to another Class 2A team this year and should repeat as the state champ.
Jones - Longhorns have had few issues of dispatching of every 3A opponent they’ve faced all year, save for a loss to Chandler, who is not around in the state tournament field. I’ll take Jones to claim its first baseball crown.
Oktaha - The Tigers won the Class A fall championship, which I consider one of the toughest brackets regardless of sport year after year. They’re also undefeated against ranked foes. That includes an 11-game stretch in April in which they beat Hartshorne (twice), Vian, Adair, Silo, Kiowa, Beggs, Dale and Red Oak.
Blanchard - The Heritage Hall-Verdigris winner in the opening round will likely advance to the state finals, but waiting will be Blanchard for the crown. Along the way, Blanchard will avenge a loss to Tuttle earlier in the season and cap a 35-3 season and its fourth gold in baseball.
Verdigris - Good news here is, I’m not picking the No. 1 team. The obvious retort: There are no 4A rankings. But I’m going with Verdigris, which all but owned 3A before moving up. The Cardinals probably have the best pitching staff in the field, although Heritage Hall is a potential landmine in the opener. The Chargers will test the Cardinals’ bats, but I think Verdigris will have enough to get by and then complete the run to the title.
Collinsville - I should probably go with Carl Albert, but I’ll go against the grain here. The Cardinals were so dominant during regional play that it’s hard to pick against that hot steak right now. So ignore Swisher when he says Duncan will finish on top. He’s spreading propaganda.
Duncan - Can’t wait to see Bishop Kelley and Dallas Keuchel square off against Carl Albert and J.T. Realmuto in the finals. Since that can’t happen, I’m going with darkhorse Duncan. Yes, the Demons have lost to four other teams in this bracket, but they have two of the state’s best all-around players in Derek Bridges and Tyler Polk. If memory serves, they didn’t start (on the mound) in any of those losses. This will be Duncan’s first baseball title when it happens. And it will happen.
Westmoore - I actually want to go with Owasso with what happened to the Rams in last year’s state tournament. But the Rams labored just to get to the state tournament, so I’ll opt to side with Swisher here. And I’ll probably regret it.
Westmoore - Whoever wins the Owasso-Westmoore semifinal. I’m going with Westmoore. The Jags have been close to their first title a couple of times recently. Time for them to get over the hump. That’s just a big (potential) semifinal hump. Owasso has won a couple of titles in its day and knows how to get it done. Still, I say the 6A title stays on the West side (insert Tupac emoji here). Sorry, Ben.
| Ben Johnson
Jenks has found Allan Trimble’s heir apparent. afternoon, Jenks football’s Twitter account announced that the school district had selected Keith Riggs as the new head football coach.
“Excited to announce that Asst. HC & DC Keith Riggs named (hashtag) JenksFootball Head Coach, pending board approval…” the tweet said.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Jenks had completed an initial round of interviews this week. The source indicated that Jenks’ nine-person committee in naming Trimble’s successor brought in six candidates for interviews, including Keith Riggs (Jenks assistant), Loren Montgomery (Bixby head coach), Doug Greenwood (Jenks assistant), Tag Gross (Holland Hall head coach), David White (University of Nevada running backs coach) and Steve Huff (head coach at College Station High School in Texas and former Midwest City coach).
A tweet from White matched up with a potential interview, when he tweeted that he was in Oklahoma. Then he tweeted another photo from Tuttle while in the state making recruiting stops.
Riggs could not be reachedafternoon for comment.
| Michael Swisher
Coaching boys basketball for just over half a season stoked a fire in Eric Carr.
Now he’ll be back at it full-time.
The Piedmont Board of Education is expected to approve Carr as the district’s next girls basketball coach at its May 14 meeting.
Carr will replace Tim Price, who left after one year with the program to coach at Community Christian. He’ll be the Piedmont girls’ third coach in as many years as Price followed Jordan Stark, who wasn’t retained after her second season in 2017.
“I’m excited to be back coaching,” Carr said. “The break was good for me, but with coaching, I’ve done it for 17 years. It’s what I’m comfortable with.”
A bulk of those years were spent as head coach of the El Reno girls. After a stint coaching the Calumet boys, Carr got out of coaching to serve as the assistant principal at Piedmont’s Intermediate School.
However, the district called on Carr last December when it fired head boys coach Aaron Daniels for violations of the school’s communication policy.
Piedmont went 16-5 under Carr (18-9 overall) and was within one win of reaching the Class 5A state tournament. The Piedmont girls finished 14-13 and were also one win shy of a state tournament appearance, which would have been their second straight.
Carr had previously shown interest in coaching at Piedmont, “but things just really fell into place this time,” he said.
Among those “things” is coaching his daughter, who is a part of a talented group that will be in eighth grade next year.
“Coaching her is a big part of this,” Carr said. “I always thought that it would be great to have the opportunity to coach her.”
| Ben Johnson
State golf tournaments will begin Wednesday across the state, from Bartlesville to Norman. The best girls golfers in the state will play a two-day, 36-hole tournament at each site.
The forecast should allow for no problems on Wednesday, but overnight storms or poor weather on Thursday could alter the format of some of the tournaments.
Per the OSSAA, if play is suspended on Wednesday, it will continue on Thursday. If all golfers are able to complete their rounds on Wednesday and weather prohibits any play on Thursday, then the results will then be final after 18 holes.
And here’s a look at each tournament this week…
Class 6A (Schedule)
Course: Hillcrest Golf Course in Bartlesville (Par 72 that plays 6,607 yards long. All four Par 3s rank as the easiest holes on the course, and both nines conclude with Par 5s. The 18th hole, the longest on the course, plays 575 yards long).
2017 state tournament
Team champion: Owasso - Rams coasted to a 21 stroke cushion to win the title over Edmond North.
Individual champion: Kaitlin Milligan (Norman North) - Like Owasso, Milligan cruised to the individual title. Her one-stroke lead heading into the final day held up easily when she was the only player in the field to shoot in the 70s. Milligan finished with a 36-hole total of 147, and Ponca City’s Sydney Hermann was second with a 156.
East: At Muskogee Country Club, Bixby won the title with a total of 318, beating Jenks by five strokes. Owasso’s Faith Belmar picked up medalist honors with a 71, which was two strokes better than Bartlesville’s Emma Shelley.
West: At Hidden Trails Golf Course, Edmond North (322) beat Norman (325) by three strokes to claim the team crown. Edmond Memorial’s Lilly Whitley won the individual title with a 73, beating Deer Creek’s Faith Stewart by two strokes.
Notes: Hermann qualified for the state tournament by finishing four at the East Regional. … Belmar finished third at last year’s state tournament.
Class 5A (Schedule)
Course: Muskogee Country Club in Muskogee (Par 71 and 6,326 yards in length.)
2017 state tournament
Team champion: Duncan - Demons rallied from a six-strike deficit entering the final day of the tournament and beat Collinsville in a playoff.
Individual champion: Mika Ramos (Bishop Kelley) - As a freshman, Ramos beat Collinsville’s Nina Lee by five strokes
East: At Pryor Creek Golf Course, Collinsville (336) held off Durant (340) for regional gold. Durant’s Blayne Barker was the tournament’s medalist with a 72, and Collinsville’s Madison O’Dell (73) and Nina Lee (74) finished second and fourth, respectively.
West: At Aqua Canyon Golf Course in Guthrie, Duncan breezed to the regional championship with a 316. Bishop McGuinness was a distant second at 361. Bishop McGuinness’ Olivia Schmidt (74) beat out Duncan’s Brooklyn Bostick by a stroke for medalist honors.
Notes: This year’s regional individual champions finished in the top 10 at last year’s state tournament. Schmidt finished fourth and Barker was 10th. … Ramos tied for second at the East Regional.
Class 4A (Schedule)
Course: Lake Hefner South in Oklahoma City (Par 70 that plays 5,946 yards long. A tough four-hole stretch to finish the first nine segues to a back nine that should allow for scoring chances in the final few holes. The easiest hole on the course is No. 17, a short Par 3 that is 150 yards long.)
2017 state tournament
Team champion: Plainview - A slim six-stroke lead after the first day of the tournament exploded on the second day, and Plainview won the title with ease, finishing at 634 with Fort Gibson a distant second at 657.
Individual champion: Katie Finley (Plainview) - An 80 on the first day left Finley outside of the top five, but she blew out the field on the second day with a 71. Her two-day total of 151 ended up being five strokes better than Fort Gibson’s Shelby Phillips.
Regional I: At Riverside Golf Course, Newcastle won the team title with a 355. Elk City was second at 368. Newcastle’s Chloe Black picked up medalist honors with a 68.
Regional II: The rout was on from the beginning. Plainview (301) was never challenged and beat Pauls Valley by 88 strokes. All four golfers that went to Plainview’s total shot 79 or better, led by Katie Finley’s medalist finish with a 69.
Regional III: At Jimmy Austin Golf Course in Seminole, Hilldale was a runaway winner with a total of 330. Cushing was second with a 430. The top four on the individual leaderboard were all from Hilldale, with Jordan Clayborn winning with a 75.
Regional IV: In its own backyard, Grove won team honors with a 356, beating second place Muldrow (387) and third place Fort Gibson (397). Muldrow’s Kirsten Matlock finished atop the individual leaderboard with an 81.
Notes: Hilldale’s Jordan Clayborn finished third at last year’s state tournament with a 157, six strokes off the pace set by Finley. … Black was sixth last year at the state tournament with a 159.
Class 3A (Schedule)
Course: Westwood Park Golf Course in Norman (Par 70 that is 5,265 yards long.)
2017 state tournament
Team champion: Marlow - Outlaws and Purcell tied at 716, and Marlow won the championship in a playoff. Lone Grove was third at 746.
Individual champion: Taylor Towers (Rejoice Christian) - Back-to-back 75s helped Towers win medalist honors. Purcell’s ShaeBug Scarberry was second at 155.
East: Verdigris (362) held off Perkins-Tryon (373) to win the team championship at Sapulpa Municipal Golf Course. Towers finished atop the individual leaderboard with a 71, beating Chandler’s Josie Patterson by two strokes.
West: At Brent Bruel Golf Course, Purcell won on its home course with a 330. Marlow was second at 356. Scarberry(68) was the only golfer to shoot in the 60s to win medalist honors.
Notes: Regional champion Verdigris finished seventh at last year’s state tournament. … Because of windy conditions, Towers and Scarberry were the only golfers to shoot in the 70s on the final day of last year’s state tournament.
Class 2A (Schedule)
Course: Aqua Canyon in Guthrie (Par 70 that is 5,861 yards in length. Back nine starts short with two Par 3s in the first four holes, and four Par 4s and a Par 5 await to finish the course.)
2017 state tournament
Team champion: Mooreland - A second-day comeback saw Mooreland overcome a five-stroke deficit to finish with a 764. Tishomingo, the first-day leader after a 380, shot a 389 and finished with a 769 to finish second.
Individual champion: Megan Brown (Cordell) - Scoring didn’t come easy at Aqua Canyon last season, and Brown was the only golfer to shoot in the 70s on both days. She ended up winning by 10 shots.
East: At Arrowhead Golf Course in Canadian, Tishomingo won the team title with a 373. Oklahoma Christian School was second with a 406. Silo’s Makenzie Rogers picked up medalist honors with an 82.
West: Washington won a regional crown with a 362, beating Mooreland (375) by 13 strokes. Cashion’s Sydney Manning and Brown both finished at 73, and Manning won medalist honors by winning in a playoff.
Note: Manning finished 30th and 39 strokes off the winning pace at last year’s Class 5A state tournament.
| Ben Johnson
The oversized staff at Skordle put some exhaustive research into this year's slowpitch softball state tournament, which take place Tuesday and Wednesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Take these picks to the bank because THEY ARE MONEY:
Red Oak - Because they didn’t win fast-pitch and they were runner-up in basketball. They’re due.
Binger-Oney - Two words: Layne Smith. She’s got a really cool family member.
Caddo - Won 20 of 22 with only losses to 6A No. 1 Broken Bow. Two wins over Tushka this season.
Dale - Hasn’t lost to anyone 4A or below this year.
Ft. Gibson - Makes a Cinderella run to the title to cap the basketball/slowpitch year for titles.
Broken Bow - One loss all year. Good enough for me.
Red Oak - Make it a three-peat for the Eagles.
Shattuck - A football powerhouse now becomes a slowpitch dynasty, too.
Rattan - Only two losses since the start of April. Good enough for me.
Dale - When I think of slowpitch softball, I think of Dale.
Perkins-Tryon - Top two teams in 5A were ousted in regional play, thus opening the door for No. 4 Perkins to grab the title.
Broken Bow - Reigning 6A champion has played has played 32 games this year. The Savages have been limited to single-digit run production in only two of those contests — all others 10 runs or more, including 11 with 20 or more runs.
| Ben Johnson
A new classification in Oklahoma high school athletics is on the docket on Capitol Hill in Oklahoma City this week.
An amendment to a Senate bill, SB1599, is proposing that “district alignments, tournaments or contests in which the largest class of schools is exclusively comprised of high schools in which the average daily attendance is greater than … 2,250 students and the school district has only one high school.”
In other words, six school districts — Broken Arrow, Union, Jenks, Owasso, Mustang and Yukon — would be forced to compete in a separate classification.
Sen. Kim David and Sen. Eddie Fields, along with Rep. Kevin Wallace and Rep. Dennis Casey — all Republicans — are mentioned on the bill. Fields’ district, 10, includes Ponca City, a high school in Class 6A that would benefit from the six largest high schools being forced to create a new classification.
| Michael Swisher
Dover’s baseball season ended Friday afternoon when Dylan Walker struck out to end a 5-2 defeat to Shidler in a Class B regional consolation game in Drummond.
It ended the same way thousands and thousands of games before it had ended…only it didn’t.
Walker was at the plate in the same situation for the second time in 18 hours. The first time around - on Thursday - he walked to load the bases.
Shidler went on to win that game, 5-2, as well…only it didn’t.
I’ll try to clear it up.
As you can deduce, Shidler and Dover were in a loser’s bracket game in their regional.
Shidler lost 5-1 to Glencoe in its regional opener earlier on Thursday. Dover was defeated 10-0 by Drummond.
Shidler took its 5-2 lead into the top of the seventh inning. With two outs and Dover runners on fist and second, coach Cameron Kirk (not this guy) called on Tyler Kuykendall to close the game.
No big deal…only it was.
Kuykendall had thrown 98 pitches in Shidler’s loss to Glencoe, according to Dover coach Nathan Nance.
According to OSSAA rules, “No pitcher that exceeds 75 pitches in the first game of a day shall appear as a pitcher in any subsequent game that same day.”
Nance said Kirk realized his error as Kuykendall was warming up and attempted to pull him from the game before he delivered a pitch.
However, according to Nance, the umpire told Kirk that once a pitcher starts to warm up, he must face a batter.
The at-bat actually becomes live once the pitcher puts his foot on the rubber.
Kuykendall was forced to do that. He walked Walker to load the bases, but then struck out Brandon Williams to end the game at 5-2.
But, since Kuykendall was ineligible to pitch, Nance protested the game to the OSSAA. According to the organization’s rule, “The use of an ineligible pitcher, one who has violated this rule, shall result in the forfeiture of the game in which the ineligible pitcher participated as a pitcher and a one game suspension for the head coach.”
Dover was chalking the game up to a 7-0 win, the score in a forfeit.
The Longhorns thought they were going on to face Glencoe in another elimination game on Friday.
Then they got the call from Todd Dilbeck, the OSSAA staffer in charge of baseball at that level.
Once Dilbeck received all of the information, he overturned the forfeit.
“He was forced to put the kid on the mound and he should never have been forced to,” Dilbeck said. “There was a misinterpretation by the umpire and we felt we made it right.”
By making it right, Dilbeck ruled for the game to resume in the same situation that Kuykendall entered it on Thursday…only at 3:30 p.m. Friday:
Dover was down 5-2 with two outs and runners on first and second.
This time D.L. Carl took the mound to face Walker. He struck him out in four pitches to end the game.
Both teams made the trip for four pitches to end a game that started a 6 p.m. the day before.
“It was the shortest and longest game I’ve ever been a part of,” Nance said.
Nance was realistic about Dover’s chances of winning the regional. The Longhorns would have needed to beat Glencoe once and then Drummond twice.
Probably wasn’t happening. However, had Dover been able to reach the regional title game, it would have finished at 17-17. That’s after having won a combined 10 games in the fall and last spring.
“That would be a huge turnaround,” Nance said. “It still is, but that would have been nice.”
A natural comparison - or maybe not so much - is to the Douglass-Locust Grove playoff game in 2014.
In that game, Douglass scored a late touchdown to take the lead on Locust Grove.
A flag was thrown during the play for a sideline infraction. Officials negated the touchdown and Locust Grove went on to win the game, 20-19, which was the score before Douglass found the end zone.
However, it was determined after the fact that the officials should have enforced the penalty on the play AFTER the touchdown, meaning the score should have counted, giving Douglass the lead.
Douglass, through Oklahoma City Public Schools, appealed the contest and it eventually landed in court. Though everyone from the judge in the case to the water boy for Douglass (basically everyone not from Locust Grove) knew the Trojans had been raked over the coals, they also all (basically everyone outside of Douglass) agreed you just couldn’t set the precedent of overturning a game or replaying the game due to official error (be it a judgment call or wrongful enforcement).
How’s that for a run-on sentence?
Dilbeck wasn’t with the OSSAA when that decision was handed down.
“But this isn’t that situation,” he said. “The difference is this was correctable at the time and once all the info was given to me at the time, we were able to make it right.”
| Michael Swisher
One of the top names in Oklahoma high school girls basketball coaching circles is heading to one of the state’s most tradition-rich programs.
Eric Smith has accepted the girls basketball position at Dale. He made the decision earlier this week and informed his Frontier team early Friday morning.
He succeeds Josh Forysthe, who stepped down following the 2018 campaign.
Smith spent the last three seasons at Frontier and coached that program to a 78-13 record and to the Class A state tournament each year.
The Lady Mustangs were 30-2 and the Class A runners-up to Seiling in 2018 and return the entire roster next year.
“This wasn’t an easy decision,” Smith said. “I really appreciate the opportunity coach (Bob) Weckstein provided me when he hired me at Frontier. It’s been a really good three years and I know the future is bright.
“I really hope these girls go win Class A next year.”
But, said Smith, the opportunity for him to move closer to his family was something he couldn’t turn down.
“I’m getting closer to my parents and right now that’s really important to me,” he said. “And we can still remain fairly close to my wife’s parents, too.
“The fact that Dale has such a huge basketball tradition makes it a win-win for us.”
Smith is no stranger to making the tough decision of leaving a talented team behind.
He left Alva following a successful 10-year stint after his 2014 and 2015 squads won state championships.
Those teams were led by Jaden Hobbs, who had one of the most prolific state tournament careers in Oklahoma high school history.
Hobbs led Alva to another state championship the year after Smith’s departure.
Dale has been to the state tournament 31 times, has 41 state tournament wins (fourth all-time) and owns seven state championships (tied for fourth all-time).
The most recent was in 2010 when Forsythe was an assistant to Benny Burnett.
Forsythe took over the program early the next season after Burnett resigned.
He coached the Lady Pirates to four state tournaments, including three in a row from 2015-17. His team was the 2A runner-up in 2017.
Dale finished 26-5 in 2018 and lost to Luther in the area consolation semifinals.
“I just look forward to getting to Dale and doing my best to help carry on their tradition,” Smith said.
Smith led Alva to four state tournaments in all, including a runner-up finish in 2013.
Prior to his tenure at Alva, Smith coached one year each at Lomega and Dover, coaching the boys programs at both schools.
Fastpitch | | Brian Johnson | The Ada News
STUART — The Allen Lady Mustangs, in gearing up for regional play, dropped a 10-2 decision to Stuart and a 12-2 contest to Varnum Tuesday in softball action at the Stuart Festival. Allen (No. 15 in Class 3A), with the two setbacks, fell to 17-19 on the season. Stuart (No. 7 in Class 2A) improved to 28-10, while Varnum (No. 9 in Class A) is now 19-9.
| Ben Johnson
DUNCAN — J.T. Cobble is the new head football coach at Duncan High School, after the school board approved the hire at Thursday night's special meeting.
Cobble takes over for Craig Benson, who was at the helm for Duncan the past four seasons before stepping down in March.
"This is a great time to be at Duncan," Cobble said shortly after the move became official. "The administration has done the things they need to do to get this program going in the right direction.
"Coach Benson got it going, and I'm just adding to what he started. It's an exciting time for Duncan football."
A return to western Oklahoma for Cobble comes after a four-year run as Stilwell’s head coach. The 2017 season was his most successful, compiling a 5-5 record — Stilwell’s best mark in 14 years — and narrowly missing the playoffs in District 4A-4. The Indians, beating rival Sallisaw for the third time in 50 years, put forth one of their best offensive years in program history, racking up 350 points, including three consecutive 50-point efforts in a 3-0 nondistrict run to begin the season.
At Duncan, Cobble, former offensive coordinator at Chickasha under his father Tom Cobble, will lead a Demon team that went 3-7 in 2017.
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A second proposal by Blanchard superintendent Jim Beckham to separate public and private schools during for postseason play was voted down. At the monthly Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association monthly board of directors meeting on Wednesday, a proposal separate private schools into their own playoff system after competing in regular-season play with public schools was voted to down by a count of 12-1.
Boys Basketball | | Adam Kemp | NewsOK
After three seasons at Oklahoma Baptist University, Quinn Wooldridge is heading to Bethany High. Wooldridge, who stepped down as OBU's coach earlier this month, was announced as the next head coach at Bethany High School on Tuesday morning.
| Ben Johnson
TULSA — Cross Dub Maddox’s name off the list of potential replacements for Allan Trimble at Jenks. On Monday, Victory Christian named Maddox as its new head coach, replacing Ron Smith who stepped down in late March.
The school confirmed the hire in a release sent out on Monday afternoon.
Maddox takes over after spending the last seven years as the offensive coordinator at Jenks. He started as the wide receivers coach at Broken Arrow in 2000, and after a brief assistant coaching stint in Florida, Maddox returned to Oklahoma, where he joined the Jenks staff in 2004.
A Skiatook native and Northeastern State graduate, Maddox had served as wide receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator before assuming the offensive coordinator duties at Jenks.
The Trojans have won six state championships since Maddox joined the staff under Trimble, who recently announced his retirement at the Class 6A powerhouse.
Maddox will fill the void left by Smith, who went 32-6 in three seasons after replacing Brent Marley, currently the head coach at Rejoice Christian. The Conquerors, who reached the Class 2A championship in 2016, went 10-2 and lost in the second round of the playoffs in 2017.