Lawton, OK 73507
Record: 1-5 | Unranked
|vs Northwest Classen||W||58-0|
|@ Bishop McGuinness||L||52-28|
|vs Carl Albert||11/1|
| Ben Johnson
No introduction needed. Here are the "expert" picks for state tournaments taking place this weekend. (Oh, and listen to the podcast while you're at it!)
Ben Johnson - Edmond Memorial: There are so many players to love in this field -- Putnam City West’s Rondel Walker, Sapulpa’s Camryn Dennis, Putnam City North’s Micah Thomas, Booker T. Washington’s Bryce Thompson and so many more. But Shane Cowherd is bringing a team with talent across the board. There’s a reason the coaches in the state have the Bulldogs as the top-ranked team, so I’ll side with Cowherd and Co. over Booker T. Washington in the finals.
Michael Swisher - Edmond Memorial: The Bulldogs snuck in after losing to Midwest City and squeaking by rival Santa Fe. They’ll play better this week and bring the trophy down south.
Whitt Carter - Booker T Washington: This will be a fantastic tournament filled with teams that can win it. But I’ll take the Hornets, as they have the experience in big games and are hungry for a title. They had to watch Memorial win two in a row in Class 5A and this year their get one of their own. Another side note, BTW’s Seth Hurd is my favorite and the most underappreciated player in the state.
Ben - PC West: Reckless abandon is what the Patrios will play with this weekend, just like they’ve done all year. Not a ton of big-time scorers for PC West, but last year’s runner-up will hoist the gold ball this year.
Michael - Putnam City West: No. 1 in Oklahoma. Nationally-ranked. Haven’t lost to a team from Oklahoma. Won’t this weekend, either.
Whitt - Putnam City West: They were right there last year and had their title taken in the waning seconds by Owasso. All they’ve done this year is go 23-1 with a loss to Skyline, TX and dominate the teams inside the state of Oklahoma. Their relentless style of play and approach will be the difference, as they finish on Saturday this time and cut down the nets.
Ben - Memorial: Boone twins. It’s that simple. The Chargers have been a dynamo in 5A with two straight titles and now going for a third. Northwest Classen is good, but can Davion Warden and Co. make it to the title game and then take down the Chargers? I don’t see it.
Michael - Memorial: Lenny Hatchett has Del City playing so well, but I can’t pick against Memorial. Neither should you.
Whitt - Memorial: Let’s all be honest, this is the easiest pick from any of the classes. Bobby Allison and gang are just on another level. The Boone twins will, once again, wow the crowds at the Mabee Center with their athleticism and impact on both ends of the floor. The Chargers get another one, sending Kalib and Keylan out with a bang.
Ben - Piedmont: Per usual, the 5A girls field is pretty much anyone’s for the taking. Rogers is dangerous, but then so is El Reno with Ashlyn Evans-Thompson leading the charge. Coweta is young but talented, and East Central is always a threat. But for this year, I’ll go with the Wildcats, led by Delanie Crawford (14.8 points a game) and Maci Attalla (13.6).
Michael - Piedmont: El Reno beating Ardmore at area put the bracket in a funk as it appears loaded at the bottom. Coach Carr’s team will emerge from that and then claim gold on Saturday.
Whitt - Ardmore: They suffered a surprising and tough loss to El Reno at the area tournament last week, but I think that may work to the Lady Tigers advantage by waking them up. This team rolled through the first part of the season, losing their first game in late January. Ardmore cuts down the nets and gets its’ third gold ball.
Ben - Kingfisher: Some unbelievable talent in this field -- Broken Bow’s Josh Jones (20.4 points per game), Central’s B.J. Jefferson (16), Elgin’s Conner Slater (16.3), Kingfisher’s Trey Green (17) and Heritage Hall’s Trey Alexander (24.8). And what’s scary is a lot of these teams will return a lot of talent next season. But for now, I’m zeroing in on a Kingfisher-Heritage Hall title game for a second straight year. This time the gold ball goes to Jett Sternberger, Matt Stone, Bijan Cortes and Co.
Michael - Kingfisher: I live in Kingfisher. I have to pay my bills. I have to pick the Yellowjacket. Oh, and they’re really, really good. And hungry. If they get by dangerous Elgin in the quarters, look out.
Whitt - Kingfisher: The class that everyone is excited for will take center stage at the Fairgrounds for all three days. Heritage Hall beat the Yellowjackets in the title game last year and are 26-0 this year. But the star-studded Kingfisher remembers that loss last March and will want revenge. They get it and send out their seniors with a second gold ball.
Ben - Anadarko: Top half of the bracket -- Holland Hall, Muldrow, Elgin and Classen SAS -- is STACKED. Again, STACKED. That’s part of the reason I went with Anadarko. The Warriors still have their work cut out for them, but I’m rolling the dice with Kaylee Borden (12 points a game), Averi Zinn and the rest of the Anadarko team to win its third gold ball.
Michael - Muldrow: Coaches tell me Classen SAS is as talented as they’ve seen in 4A in a while. And they’re young as they start three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. That said, I’m going with Muldrow. Taylen Collins can match up with Littlepage-Buggs and Hannah Boyett can handle the pressure. And that’s just a semifinal. Don’t overlook Anadarko, either (it appears I am).
Whitt - Anadarko: A fairly wide open class, there are a handful of teams I could see winning it. I’ll go with the tradition-rich Anadarko, who beat one of the favorites, Classen, last Friday in the area finals. When the Lady Warriors get the press up and running, you better handle the pressure or things can unravel quickly.
Ben - Millwood: Kingston’s Jacob Germany is as good as it gets in this field, but I’ll side with the athleticism of the Falcons here. Give me Justin Wilson and Isaiah Williams and the rest of the Falcons.
Michael - Here’s hoping for a Kingston-Millwood final (all apologies to you other six). I’ve got personal ties to Millwood, so the fan in me is pulling for the Falcons all the way. The business side in me says Kingston won’t be denied.
Whitt - Millwood: I’ll take the Falcons to win the gold ball here. Several really good teams that you can pick here, including Kingston or Sequoyah on the other side. Ultimately, I think Millwood gets the winner of that eventual semifinal and beats them. Millwood has not lost inside the class this year and that won’t change this weekend.
Ben - Christian Heritage: Up from 2A, the Crusaders are still loaded. Tahlequah Sequoyah is probably the favorite, but I’ll side with Olivia Curtis and Rylee Langerman.
Michael - Sequoyah-Tahlequah: CHA has won the last two 2A crowns and is a sleeper, but this isn’t 2A and the Lady Crusaders aren’t as deep as they have been. Larry Callison rides into the sunset with another state championship.
Whitt - Christian Heritage: Another class with some big time teams, but I’ll take CHA to win another title as it took the jump up a class this season. They know how to win and ultimately get past Sequoyah in what would be an awesome semifinal. Side note, I am really picking my alma mater, the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs - in Toby Todd we trust.
Ben - Hennessey: Total guess here, so I’m siding with Hennessey, who -- along with Hooker -- has only lost twice this season.
Michael - Hooker: This is the most wide-open bracket in OKC, in my opinion. Any number of teams can win…and also get beat Thursday. Hooker is one of them.
Whitt - Dale: They are coming off a big win over Hooker last week to punch their ticket to the state tourney. They have played well inside the class this year, going 12-2, only losing to Cashion a month ago and Rock Creek back in January.
Ben - Dale: I’m programmed to believe that Dale wins everything when its in any state tournament field. Pirates win again.
Michael - Howe: No Cashion and no CHA this year, which have been Howe’s kryptonite the last three years. Dale is in the way, but Jalei Oglesby caps her stellar career with the gold ball.
Whitt - Latta: I’ll go with what many would consider a sleeper pick here, but give me the Lady Panthers. They are a long team and present a bunch of problems defensively. They will have to get past top-ranked Dale in the semis and it would be the rubbermatch between the two.
| Ben Johnson
Made a big podcast addition this week. Ben & Swisher are joined by the Oklahoman's Jacob Unruh.
Jacob & Swisher recap the highlights and the championship moments from the Class A & Class B state tournaments.
Then the guys break down the state tournaments from 2A through 6A. And of course, PREDICTIONS! (Most sure to go wrong, in Ben's case).
And as always, thanks for listening!
| Ben Johnson
The winter sports season is winding down, so we dissect playoffs happenings in Class 4A through Class B basketball. Swisher breaks down what happened on the hardwood, and what to look forward to this week.
Then we shift gears and Ben breaks down the state wrestling fields with Brian Heindselman. We make some predictions and let fans know what to watch for at Jim Norick Arena over the weekend. (PS, we think Tuttle is pretty good. SURPRISE!)
Email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org - Have a question you want answered on the podcast? Email us & we'll talk about it on the next show.
Girls Basketball | | Jacob Unruh | NewsOK
Putnam West star Ce’Nara Skanes led the Patriots to a Class 6A state runner-up finish and now she’s the top player in the Big 10 Conference. Skanes was named the All-Conference Player of the Year this week by coaches. She is a Florida International signee.
Girls Basketball | | Kevin Green | The Lawton Constitution
Nothing could stop the Eisenhower girls on Friday night, and everyone got in on the action during the first round of the Class 5A West Regional.
Eleven players recorded points, pacing the Lady Eagles to a dominant, 79-29, win over Northwest Classen at the Eagles' Nest. The victory extended Ike's winning streak to four games, putting them in the championship game scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Monday on Ike's home court.
Ike coach Daniel Wall said he and the assistant coaches implemented the theme of "being a family" before the game, and the Lady Eagles displayed that mindset through their seemingly flawless play.
| Michael Swisher
By John Hardaway
Spicy Ketchup Hoarder
You might be asking yourself…Why Whataburger on the food blog?
I ask you….Why NOT Whataburger on the food blog?
Whataburger is the best drive through “fast food” restaurant on the planet, plain and simple. A few of my friends have a different opinion, but it’s the wrong one and that’s ok I guess.
A few people think Michael Jordan wasn’t the best either.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 24/7 Whataburger is #1.
For me, personally, I have several favorites, but my most consistent order for lunch or dinner would be the Monterrey Melt, Onion Rings, and Vanilla Shake with both Spicy Ketchup and Jalapeno
Yes, I capitalize my food.
Now to switch it up, I will substitute the Monterrey Melt with either the Mushroom and Swiss or the Sweet and Spicy Bacon Burger with the other normally-accompanying items staying the same.
For full disclosure, I’m not a fan of their fries, but that’s OK because the Onion Rings are top notch!
The Whataburger Mushroom and Swiss is maybe the best Mushroom and Swiss out there and it has even become a permanent menu item.
Adam Diesselhorst, who easily loves Shroom and Swiss burgers more than anyone I know - and probably has gotten one from any place that sells them - says it’s the best, so there you go.
There are few burgers that hit the spot more than these three from Whataburger. I know there are also some of you that love the classic double (who gets a single patty??) cheeseburger with lettuce, onion, tomato and maybe bacon.
I know Whataburger is also the go-to place for SKORDLE/Kingfisher media superstar Michael Swisher, who religiously stops at one late at night after the last state tournament basketball game (Ed. note: This is true…well the part about stopping by after state tournament games. The location on Meridian just north of Southwest 15th Street gets my business each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night of state basketball. I mean, 2,500 calories consumed at midnight is good for you, right? Mr. Hardaway's description of one Swisher is far exaggerated.)
My brother lived in California for a while and he always said Whataburger was one of the things he missed most about living in Oklahoma and Texas, and he would always made sure to get some on his trips back home those years.
Now, what about breakfast?
For me, the Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuit takes top prize!
Now, if you are really hungry, some of the most veteran Whataburger fans will go with any of the burger combos, PLUS the Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuit kicker, which basically is like an appetizer or dessert, however you want to approach that situation.
Normally this is only ordered on a solo mission, or with a tight circle of friends, free of judgments, probably doing the same thing.
My sons love Cinnamon Rolls and the last time we were there, they got that and it would give Grandma’s a run for its money…warm, sweet and gooey!
I was so impressed by the presentation, I swiped a few bites of theirs. Actually, there were so many swipes, they made me order another one for them to split…my bad.
Finally, and most importantly…did you know you can buy Whataburger Spicy Ketchup from the grocery store?
Yep, you sure can, and you need to put it on your next shopping list!
Buy the biggest bottle they have and then the next time you’re eating at home, you have plenty of Whataburger Spicy Ketchup for whatever you’re eating: burgers, dogs, fried potatoes, meatloaf, etc.
So next time, if you’re not already a regular, swing into the place with the big orange roof and get some the best food going through a drive through window anywhere.
And to my friend Todd Kerr, Hooker boys basketball coach who lives far, far, far away from the nearest Whataburger, just know I will think of you every time I do and will continue to send you pictures that I know make you really jealous.
Whataburger is #1!
| Ben Johnson
(____) - previous rank
Class 6AI1. Owasso (1) - 6-0
2. Broken Arrow (2) - 5-1
3. Jenks (3) - 3-3
4. Union (4) - 2-4
5. Norman (5) - 5-1
6. PC North (4) - 5-1
7. Moore (8) - 4-2
8. Westmoore (7) - 5-1
9. Mustang (9) - 4-2
10. Edmond Santa Fe (10) - 4-2
Class 6AII1. Bixby (1) - 6-0
2. Stillwater (2) - 6-0
3. Del City (3) - 5-1
4. Muskogee (4) - 6-0
5. Booker T. Washington (7) - 3-3
6. Midwest City (9) - 3-3
7. Choctaw (6) - 3-3
8. Ponca City (8) - 3-3
9. Deer Creek (10) - 3-3
10. Bartlesville (NR) - 1-5
Class 5A1. Bishop McGuinness (1) - 5-1
2. Carl Albert (2) - 5-1
3. Edison (3) - 5-1
4. Tahlequah (4) - 6-0
5. Piedmont (6) - 5-1
6. Noble (7) - 5-1
7. El Reno (8) - 5-1
8. Collinsville (5) - 4-2
9. Duncan (9) - 4-1
10. Pryor (10) - 5-1
Class 4A1. Bethany (1) - 6-0
2. Wagoner (3) - 5-1
3. Tuttle (2) - 5-1
4. Poteau (4) - 5-1
5. Bristow (5) - 5-1
6. Clinton (6) - 4-2
7. Broken Bow (7) - 5-1
8. Weatherford (8) - 4-2
9. Cache (10) - 4-2
10. Central (9) - 5-1
Class 3A1. Heritage Hall (1) - 5-0
2. Lincoln Christian (2) - 6-0
3. Plainview (3) - 4-1
4. Berryhill (4) - 6-0
5. Sulphur (5) - 6-0
6. John Marshall (6) - 5-1
7. Perkins-Tryon (7) - 5-1
8. Checotah (10) - 5-1
9. Idabel (NR) - 5-1
10. Lone Grove (8) - 5-1
Class 2A1. Metro Christian (1) - 6-0
2. Sperry (2) - 6-0
3. Vian (3) - 5-1
4. Holland Hall (5) - 5-1
5. Washington (6) - 6-0
6. Jones (7) - 5-1
7. Beggs (8) - 5-1
8. Millwood (4) - 4-2
9. Kingston (9) - 5-1
10. Adair (10) - 5-1
Class A1. Cashion (1) - 6-0
2. Stroud (2) - 6-0
3. Pawhuska (3) - 7-0
4. Rejoice Christian (4) - 6-0
5. Thomas (5) - 5-1
6. Pawnee (6) - 6-0
7. Minco (7) - 7-0
8. Ringling (NR) - 5-1
9. Gore (NR) - 6-1
10. Hobert (NR) - 4-1
Class B1. Shattuck (1) - 6-0
2. Regent Prep (2) - 6-0
3. Dewar (3) - 6-0
4. Burns Flat-Dill City (4) - 5-1
5. Laverne (5) - 5-1
6. Weleetka (6) - 4-2
7. Cherokee (7) - 5-1
8. Davenport (8) - 5-1
9. Canadian (9) - 6-0
10. Seiling (10) - 5-1
Class C1. Southwest Covenant (1) - 5-0
2. Pond Creek-Hunter (2) - 6-0
3. Covington-Douglas (3) - 5-2
4. Maysville (4) - 5-0
5. Midway (6) - 7-0
6. Coyle (5) - 4-2
7. Graham-Dustin (8) - 4-1
8. Tyrone (7) - 4-2
9. Waynoka (NR) - 4-2
10. Sasakwa (NR) - 5-1
| Ben Johnson
Dae Dae Leathers (Tahlequah) - Senior tailback carried the ball 33 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 35-28 victory over Collinsville in a top-10 matchup in District 5A-4.
Jakoby Gouldsby (Haskell) - Senior quarterback completed 11 of 18 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns, and he added 153 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries on offense. On defense, he had a tackle and a pass break-up in the Haymakers’ 52-26 win over Victory Christian in District 2A-3 play.
Carson Thompson (Canadian) - Senior quarterback accounted for 365 yards and seven touchdowns in only one half in the Cougars’ 50-0 win over Caddo.
Lance Spaulding (Washington) - Senior running back had 206 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries in the Warriors’ 37-6 win over Millwood in a top-10 game in Class 2A.
Jimmie Coleman (Muskogee) - Senior running back racked up 295 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries in the Roughers’ 34-6 win over Sapulpa in District 6AII-2 play.
Levi Greenfield (Oklahoma Union) - Senior linebacker had 18 tackles (five for loss) and two sacks on defense. On offense, Greenfield hauled in five catches for 113 yards and one touchdowns. He also had a 20-yard run on a fake punt for a first down in the Cougars’ 52-7 rout of Quapaw.
Landon Prows (Inola) - Junior quarterback had 390 yards and five touchdowns while completing 31 of 40 passes, and he also had 44 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the Longhorns’ 62-26 win over Locust Grove in District 3A-4 play.
Justice Broadbent - 8 tackles and two interception returns for touchdowns
Wyatt Holland, Will McCall and Nolan Burrage (on defense) - Combined for three interceptions and two fumble recoveries
Cade Lyons - 29 rushes, 227 yards, 3 TDs
Braden Maloy - 12 ½ tackles (4 for loss)
Owen Crotts - 17/22, 184 yards, 4 TDs (final one was a 33-yarder as the game-winner with 25 seconds left)
Solan Roller - 11 tackles (3 for loss), 2 sacks, one fumble recovery for a TD
Elijah Reed - 5 catches, 130 yards, 2 TDs
Corbin Burchfield - 10 rushes, 211 yards, 4 TDs
O Line (Caleb Carruth, Aiden Howry, Rody Schneider, Orlando Vazquez, Cashus Burchfield) - 34 rushes, 453 yards, 6 TDs
Mikey Cruz - 11 rushes, 191 yards, 2 TDs
Stormy Odle - 14 rushes, 208 yards, 3 TDs + 1 passing TD and a 2-point conversion run
Aiden Jones - 190 yards and 4 TDs rushing
Javyn Wright - 10 rushes, 194 yards, 3 TDs
Caden Wolford - 22 rushes, 163 yards, 2 TDs
Brock Borin - 3 receptions, 61 yards, 2 TDs // 3 tackles, 2 sacks on defense
Nate Ratcliff - 16/23 passing, 266 yards, 4 TDs + 40 yards rushing, 1 TD
Cooper Thompson - 19 tackles (3 for loss)
Wil Moyer - 16/21 passing, 310 yards, 4 TDs
Chase Nanni - 4 receptions, 134 yards, 2 TDs
Sawyer Jones - 12/15 passing, 266 yards, 2 TDs + 3 rushes, 30 yards
Atrel Bryson - 11 rushes, 211 yards, 3 TDs
Cooper McMurray - 8 receptions, 144 yards, 2 TDs + 1 rushing TD
Chris Hilton - 11/13 passing, 183 yards, 1 TD + 11 rushes, 162 yards, 4 TDs (all in the first half)
Jace Nicholson - 7 receptions, 255 yards, 3 TDs // 4 sacks on defense
Mason Drake - 13/19 passing, 285 yards, 4 TDs + 12 rushes, 104 yards, 1 TD
Brody Harbour - 8 touches, 181 yards, 2 TDs (73-yard punt return for TD)
Ethan Downs - 7 rushes, 142 yards, 2 TDs + 53-yard TD reception
Khary Brown - 10 rushes, 266 yards, 4 TDs
Gavin Yeager - 10 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble return for a TD
Jace Hightower - 2 rushing TDs, 1 receiving TD + an interception on defense
Laken Clowdus - 256 yards rushing, 4 TDs
Devontae Pickard - 25 rushes, 204 yards, 3 TDs
Braylin Presley - 9 rushes, 120 yards, 1 TD + 54-yard punt return for a TD
Stephen Kittleman - 12/16 passing, 288 yards, 3 TDs (all in 1 half)
Edmond Santa Fe
Jorgen Olsen - 11/15 passing, 219 yards, 3 TDs + 8 rushes, 63 yards, 2 TDs
Gunnar Gundy - 17/18 passing, 368 yards, 3 TDs
Sevion Morrison - 15 rushes, 228 yards, 2 TDs
| Michael Swisher
By Andy Campbell
Skordle's #1 Fan
If you’re craving beet burgers and quinoa, this probably isn’t the blog for you.
However, if you want to eat the best Oklahoma style cooking in the state before watching Skordle’s Game of the Week between the Pond Creek-Hunter Panthers and the visiting Sharon-Mutual Trojans, your first stop has to be at Greazy Steve’s.
Owner Steve Stinson and his wife, Melonie, opened Greazy Steve’s in 2008. After being open only one day, the restaurant burned to the ground.
Steve picked up the pieces and rebuilt, opening for the second time in 2010.
Since then, Greazy Steve’s (522 W. Cedar Drive, Pond Creek) has established its reputation as the best comfort food you’ll find anywhere.
Steve features nightly specials every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
If you’re in Pond Creek for the big game this Friday, you’re in luck, as Friday is all-you-can-eat catfish night.
Or, if you’re in the mood for a steak, Steve features his 30-40-day aged ribeye steaks on Friday and Saturday nights.
Trust me, Steve’s steaks are just as good as the fancy steakhouses in Oklahoma City for half the price. Be sure to order some fried green beans and ranch to dip them in before your meal.
There's also chicken fried chicken, roast beef and other fine menu options.