Garber, OK 73738
Record: 4-6 | Unranked
|@ Covington - Douglas||L||64-62|
|@ Pioneer - Pleasant Vale||L||50-6|
OSSAA 1st Round at Shattuck HS
| Michael Swisher
If you need to get your basketball fix early this summer, Cushing might be just the spot for you this Saturday.
The inaugural Skordle Shootout team camp will take place Saturday, June 8, at Cushing Middle School and will feature 12 straight hours of basketball action simultaneously on two courts. The day full of roundball action is sponsored by Sons of Ireland Basketball.
Skordle Live will be a big part of the event as every game played on Court 1 will be live streamed.
Thatís 18 games beginning at 9 a.m., with the last one slated for an 8:20 p.m. start.
The games (See complete schedule below) can be watched on your Skordle App or on Skordle.com. If you can't be in Cushing or even watch it live on your device, you can still keep up with scores on your Skordle App. All the scheduled games are already loaded into the app.
On top of that, Skordle personalities will be on hand to interview players and coaches throughout the day. Those interviews will be made available on the app and website later in the week.
As far as the teams involved: Itís a whoís who of small-school basketball powers.
Hereís a list of GIRLS teams scheduled to take part:
Cashion - One of our first chances to see the team under new head coach Andrea Taylor
Dale - 2019 2A runner-up in Eric Smithís first season as head coach
Varnum - 2019 Class B champ
Kingston - 2019 3A quarterfinalist and 2018 runner-up
Calumet - Knocked on door of Class B state tournament
Garber - Reached Class A area tournament
Shattuck - Reached Friday of area; pushed Seiling in regional final
Chisholm - Ever improving in 3A as Tana Gragg enters third season
Lomega - 2019 Class B semifinalist that owns more gold balls than any girls program
Sulphur - 2019 3A quarterfinalist
And the BOYS:
Cashion - Made some strides in 2019 with young squad
Dale - Ranked No. 1 in 2A for part of 2019 before losing in quarterfinals
Kingston - Dominant 3A state champ in 2019
Calumet - Class B runner-up in 2019, could move to Class A this year
Garber - Made run to Class A state tournament in 2019 and alsoÖ.Will Jones
Perry - Veteran coach Brandon Hight had best Maroon squad in several years, reaching top-eight in Class 3A and earning spot in area championship
Rejoice Christian - Caught fire at the right time and claimed the Class 2A title
Okemah - Won 21 games and got to 2A quarterfinals
Minco - Impressive season ended in 2A semifinals
Obviously those were last yearís results and these are different teams. Some big-time contributors have moved on and others will be asked to step up.
But thatís what team camps are for - to get a glimpse of the future, to see whoís ready and whoís got some work to do.
So make your plans. Join us in person in CushingÖor join us on your app or online.
Either way, itís going to be wall-to-wall basketball featuring some teams with legitimate state tournament aspirations in 2020 and you wonít want to miss it.
Cushing Middle School location:
512 S. Harmony Road
Cushing, OK 74023
$5 for adults
$2 for children
$3 for veterans and senior citizens
| Michael Swisher
Five generations of Koy Hughesí family have graduated from Garber High School.
He didnít want his son to break that tradition.
With that in mind, Hughes is leaving his post as head football and baseball coach at Waukomis High School to return to his alma mater.
Hughes will be an assistant football coach, serving as the defensive coordinator on Blake Lamleís staff and take over for Lamle as the Wolverinesí head baseball coach.
ďThatís where Iím from and itís just an opportunity I couldnít turn down,Ē Hughes said.
Heís served as the Chiefsí baseball coach the last three years, during which time they compiled a 38-39 record. He was the head football coach in each of the past two seasons and guided Waukomis to a 10-12 mark while reaching the playoffs each year.
ďTo have the opportunity to go learn from Coach Lamle, someone who has won two state titles, was really big for me,Ē Hughes said. ďThis is something, if I want to be a head coach again, that will really benefit me down the line.Ē
Lamle came to Garber prior to the 2018 season after a five-year stint at Shattuck, the last two as a head coach. His 2017 team won the Class B title and he was the offensive coordinator on the 2015 title team.
ďIím very excited to welcome Coach Hughes back home,Ē Garber superintendent Will Jones said. ďThis is a huge hire for our athletic program. He brings great experience as a head football and head baseball coach, and more than anything, the bleeds maroon and gray. He takes great pride in being a Wolverine and is going to come in here and grind and work for Garber.Ē
Hughes graduated from Garber in 1999 and played on the 1998 Class B state championship football team.
Hughes was also on some successful Garber baseball teams.
ďGarber had a really good run in baseball in the 80s and 90s and Iíd really like to help get us back there,Ē Hughes said.
| Ben Johnson
Medals and trophies have been handed out to wrestlers across the state. Now itís time for basketball teams to start claiming hardware.
Ben and Michael dive into Class A & B state basketball tournaments on tap this week, and they guys also make their predictions in each class.
Ben breaks down what happened at the state wrestling tournament and some of the various highlights along the way.†
Also added a new segment where the guys named their MVPs of the week. Listen in and find out who they dubbed as last weekís MVPs.
All that leading up to Michael's interview with Okarche coach Ray West. You don't want to miss what West had to say.
Thanks for listening & enjoy!
Have any feedback? Email the show at email@example.com
Girls Basketball | | Billy Hefton | Enid News & Eagle
Garberís girls are the cardiac kids in the Class A playoffs.
Macy Swart hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Lady Wolverines a 46-45 win over Texhoma in the Area I losers bracket quarterfinals at the Central National Bank Center Friday. It was the third straight game decided at the buzzer for Garber, now 21-8.
The Lady Wolverines now face Canute, a 42-38 winner over Canton, at 1:30 p.m. today in another elimination game. Two-time defending state champion Seiling (24-1) faces Oklahoma Christian Academy (18-8) at 6:30 p.m. in the winners bracket finals for a berth in next weekís state tournament.
| Ben Johnson
Owasso recently knocked off Jenks, 14-6, for the Class 6AI championship in Edmond on Dec. 6. It had been determined several weeks before the playoffs started that all 11-man football title games would be played at the University of Central Oklahomaís Wantland Stadium.
But now that the season is over, one state senator is sounding off on the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Associationís decision to force Jenks and Owasso play in a championship game at the other end of the Turner Turnpike.
Sen. J.J. Dossett (D-Sperry) has proposed a bill that he hopes will generate conversation in next yearís legislative session that would allow school districts to determine their playing destination.
Skordle contacted Dossett this weekend and wanted to ask Dossett a few questions.
What made you want to put together the legislation to present it when the legislative session starts in 2020?
Basically, it was the outcry from my community. There are some people that donít like the idea, or the ideas that I have brought up. I purposely wanted until after the game had happened. I filed it on Monday after the game, because I didnít want it be become a distraction. Thereís enough of an outcry and a complaint that have a good point on why we played the game where we did and why we didnít play it where we had the last five, six or seven years. It worked out great for everyone involved when it was played at the University of Tulsa. I had to bring it up; I had to bring up the discontent that my community, Jenks and a lot of the Tulsa area have with the decision that was made by a state-wide group -- that forced this decision on us and did not seek our input.
It was basically left to the football coaches association to make this decision, and most of the people involved werenít going to face the ramifications of their schoolís decision. It was made against the two schools that were playing and were against the decision that was made.
There should be a way for more flexibility with your local school districts that are competing in this situation to be able to not have to go play at a place that was deemed Ďthis is the state championship site,í especially when there were all the problems of playing late on a Saturday night. There were going to be how many teenage drivers on the turnpike late on a Saturday night in December? And, the stadium was nowhere near able to hold our crowd.
All of this put together, in my mind, says we need to do this better and there needs to be a way to do this better. There needs to be a way that we can go play this game somewhere else. I mean, we could have played at Broken Arrow and it would have been able to hold our fans. We could have played in a bunch of different stadiums here in the Tulsa area.
I heard there were 8,000 fans at the game at UCO, and at TU there would have been 20,000, so we stopped people from coming to the game by putting that distance barrier there. Nobody wants that; we want the community to come to the game, if possible.
What would you say to the people that say Senate bill 1111 is a waste of everyoneís time and could be spent discussing something else?
There are thousands of bills filled every year -- some of them get picked up and some donít. It doesnít waste any more time in committee or on the floor. Itís the legislatorís job to conduct the peopleís business, so if a community has an idea or wants to change something, itís the job of the legislator to consider it and go forward from that. And I agree, this is not the most pressing issue in the state of Oklahoma -- I 100 percent agree -- but if thereís a problem, itís the job of the legislator to address an issue that their community is considered about. Senate district 34 up here in north Tulsa County, where we live, we definitely had a concern on this issue. Therefore, itís my job to bring forth such ideas, if the people of my district are concerned about it.
As a former coach, I would like to mention this: I absolutely do not care where weíre playing. We donít care where we play because we were going to win, and thatís the mindset they have. I speak only, and exclusively, from a community standpoint. The community has an opinion on this, and I happen to 100 percent agree with them. If I were still coaching for the Rams, I wouldnít care one bit.
So youíre advocating to play the games at the University of Tulsa, if thatís a viable option?
You have to ask, Ďis this the best we can get?í and I donít think the current option is the best we can get. Weíve seen what good looks like, and it was last year, the year before and the year before, when two Tulsa teams make the championship game and we fill up Chapman Stadium. In my opinion, the OSSAA wins unless something crooked is going on over there. Because if weíre doubling the amount of people going to the game, they make more money -- or thatís how I understand it. I donít understand at all why you wouldnít let local school districts make the best decision for them. If Idabel and McAlester were playing for a championship, then they need to go play that at Eastern (Southeastern Oklahoma State) in Durant. No sense in making those schools drive to Edmond. There needs to be a way out for those schools to be play, and play where it makes sense for the fanbase and a public safety standpoint.
What are your thoughts on playing the Class 6A championship games in Tulsa during the week that they currently use as a bye week?
Sure, that would be an option. Theyíve done the bye week because of the amount of teams in the playoff. Honestly, the whole 6AII thing has been a disaster. Itís handed Bixby a bunch of trophies, and itís been really messed up for my community and I was still coaching when all of it went down. I was still coaching at Owasso at the time. Itís ridiculous for us to travel to Moore -- to play Southmoore or Moore -- and a team that canít even fill up the home stands and play on a Thursday night. Like, why are we doing this? Why arenít we playing Sand Springs or Bixby or Muskogee during the regular season, and then do something different for the playoffs, if necessary?
The initiative to have all the championship games played at one site was pushed by the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association, but itís sounding like not all coaches were onboard with that proposal. How do you think that could have been handled differently?
On how the coaches association makes decisions, I do not know. I hear a lot about Texas, and they like it and thatís fine. From my point of view, if two Houston teams make the championship in any given class, for them to go all the way to Dallas is wrong. I donít buy into the notion of Ďwell, Texas does it this way, so we should do it this way.í Itís the same way with basketball and the big schools playing in Tulsa. If Edmond and Putnam City are playing in the finals, then thatís the wrong decision. Iím not trying to whine; Iím trying to do whatís best for our kids.
What kind of reception do you think this will get when you present it to committee?
Who knows. On these things, you never know. We have these kinds of battles: Tulsa vs. Oklahoma City or urban vs. rural. I will approach other legislators from a straight forward standpoint and say our local school districts are better off when local school districts are making decisions. We donít need state-wide entities or state agencies making blanket decisions for everyone. I have 100 percent faith that the Owasso administration, athletic director, superintendent and all of the above -- and same at Jenks -- would make the right decision for their kids. But when we had that responsibility over to a group of people that arenít in our community, then you donít get as good of an outcome. Thatís the way I see this situation playing out here.
There are some that say the Oklahoma legislature should stay out of high school sports. How do you feel about that?
I absolutely agree, if everything is running properly. The legislature cannot determine how the OSSAA operates within, because itís an agency with itís own control. There are three things in the statute that says schools will not be part of an association that does this, this or this. What Iíve done is adding a fourth. All my bill does is add language that school districts would have flexibility to pick their own locations for championship games.
| Ben Johnson
Shawnee is searching for a new head football coach for the first time in almost two decades.
Billy Brown is out after 16 season as the Wolvesí head coach, a source with direct knowledge has told Skordle.
Shawnee was 92-84 in Brownís tenure and reached the playoffs 10 times.
That included a trip to the 5A semifinals in 2004, Brownís second year. The Wolves reached the quarterfinals five other seasons.
The production dipped the last two seasons as Shawnee went 2-8 both years and missed the playoffs.
After reaching the playoffs three straight seasons from 2012-14, Shawnee has missed the postseason three of the last five years.
| Michael Swisher
I respect the hell out of the Tulsa World.
Any publication that dedicates the resources it does to high school coverage and employs the likes of Barry Lewis and Mike Brown for those purposes gets more than a tip of the cap from me.
Heck, even its managing editor - Mike Strain - is a one-time preps writer for The Oklahoman who once donned football pads and practiced with the Bray-Doyle Donkeys for a story.
Itís good people.
With that said, Iím going to disagree - quite respectfully - with an editorial the newspaper ran Dec. 2 regarding the state high school football championships.
In case you werenít aware, the OSSAA announced last month the University of Central Oklahomaís Wantland Stadium in Edmond would be the host site for all 11-man football title games this year.
Five of those games will be played this weekend, two on Friday and three Saturday, in what will be a long-awaited buffet of football for Oklahoma fans.