Garber, OK 73738
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OSSAA State Second Round
| Ben Johnson
State tournament wrestling is this weekend, and small school basketball teams will be punching their tickets to the state tournament in area tournament play.
Listen in as we break it all down for you.
| 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.
That’s 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: It’s a who’s who of small-school basketball powers.
Here’s 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 Smith’s 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 also….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 year’s results and these are different teams. Some big-time contributors have moved on and others will be asked to step up.
But that’s what team camps are for - to get a glimpse of the future, to see who’s ready and who’s got some work to do.
So make your plans. Join us in person in Cushing…or join us on your app or online.
Either way, it’s going to be wall-to-wall basketball featuring some teams with legitimate state tournament aspirations in 2020 and you won’t 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 Hughes’ family have graduated from Garber High School.
He didn’t 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 Lamle’s staff and take over for Lamle as the Wolverines’ head baseball coach.
“That’s where I’m from and it’s just an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Hughes said.
He’s served as the Chiefs’ 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.
“To have the opportunity to go learn from Coach Lamle, someone who has won two state titles, was really big for me,” Hughes said. “This is something, if I want to be a head coach again, that will really benefit me down the line.”
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.
“I’m very excited to welcome Coach Hughes back home,” Garber superintendent Will Jones said. “This 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.”
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.
“Garber had a really good run in baseball in the 80s and 90s and I’d really like to help get us back there,” Hughes said.
| Ben Johnson
Medals and trophies have been handed out to wrestlers across the state. Now it’s 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 week’s 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!
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Girls Basketball | | Billy Hefton | Enid News & Eagle
Garber’s 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 week’s state tournament.
| Ben Johnson
BROKEN ARROW -- Some results over the weekend were stunning. But none near as shocking as the news from Broken Arrow to start the week.
In a release from the school on Monday morning, Broken Arrow announced it was stripping David Alexander of his head coaching duties. A move no one saw coming, including Alexander himself.
Two years after leading the Tigers to their first state championship, Alexander, 56, now finds himself without a head coaching gig. He went 60-23 in seven seasons and finished with a state runner-up finish in 2015.
“We appreciate and thank coach Alexander for his dedication and time with the program," said Chuck Perry, associate superintendent of student services, in a statement released by the district.
"His legacy has been cemented in the fact that he came home to his high school alma mater and was the first coach to take the program to the top of the mountain. After much consideration, though, we feel the timing is right and is in the best interest of the district to move in a new direction.”
Alexander gradated from Broken Arrow in 1982.
The district said the search for the next head coach begins immediately.