McAlester, OK 74501
Record: 11-2 | Rank: 7
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|@ Del City||33-34|
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OSSAA State First Round at Collinsville
OSSAA State Quarterfinals at McAlester
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OSSAA State Semi-Finals at Jenks
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OSSAA State Championship at UCO
Q&A with state senator J.J. Dossett
| 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 Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium.
But now that the season is over, one state senator is sounding off on the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s 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 year’s 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 don’t 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 didn’t want it be become a distraction. There’s enough of an outcry and a complaint that have a good point on why we played the game where we did and why we didn’t 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 weren’t going to face the ramifications of their school’s 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 ‘this is the state championship site,’ 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 everyone’s time and could be spent discussing something else?
There are thousands of bills filled every year -- some of them get picked up and some don’t. It doesn’t waste any more time in committee or on the floor. It’s the legislator’s job to conduct the people’s business, so if a community has an idea or wants to change something, it’s 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 there’s a problem, it’s 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, it’s 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 we’re playing. We don’t care where we play because we were going to win, and that’s 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 wouldn’t care one bit.
So you’re advocating to play the games at the University of Tulsa, if that’s a viable option?
You have to ask, ‘is this the best we can get?’ and I don’t think the current option is the best we can get. We’ve 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 we’re doubling the amount of people going to the game, they make more money -- or that’s how I understand it. I don’t understand at all why you wouldn’t 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. They’ve done the bye week because of the amount of teams in the playoff. Honestly, the whole 6AII thing has been a disaster. It’s handed Bixby a bunch of trophies, and it’s 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. It’s ridiculous for us to travel to Moore -- to play Southmoore or Moore -- and a team that can’t even fill up the home stands and play on a Thursday night. Like, why are we doing this? Why aren’t 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 it’s 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 that’s 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 don’t buy into the notion of ‘well, Texas does it this way, so we should do it this way.’ It’s the same way with basketball and the big schools playing in Tulsa. If Edmond and Putnam City are playing in the finals, then that’s the wrong decision. I’m not trying to whine; I’m trying to do what’s 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 don’t 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 aren’t in our community, then you don’t get as good of an outcome. That’s 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 it’s an agency with it’s 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 I’ve 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.
Steve Edwards steps down at Glenpool
| Ben Johnson
GLENPOOL -- When Glenpool starts the 2020 season, the Warriors will have a new head coach for the first time since the mid 90s.
On Thursday, Steve Edwards told Skordle he’s stepping down as the Warriors’ head coach after a 24-year run.
“Been going up and down the sidelines for 35 years,” he said. “It’s time to take a break.”
After serving as an assistant coach in Hominy, Edwards took over at Glenpool in 1996 and led the Warriors to the most successful years in the program’s history.
Glenpool had won only one district championship before Edwards arrived, and he now departs with eight district titles and two state championships (2002 and 2008).
“Through those 24 years at Glenpool, it’s been a really good run,” Edwards said. “Class 4A was good to us for a while.”
Edwards enjoyed a vast amount of success after his father questioned his profession a long time ago.
“I remember my dad asking why I wanted to be a football coach and having to move everywhere,” Edwards recalled. “But that wasn’t the case for me because I’ve ended up being at Glenpool for a long time.”
During his 24-year run at Glenpool, Edwards went 167-109, including a 2-8 season in 2019 to close the book on his tenure with the Warriors.
“Since 1996, we’ve followed the same coaching mantra, ‘make better players, not better plays,’” Edwards said. “It’s been so much more than developing good football players. We’ve always wanted to make sure the young boys turn into great men.”
As for Edwards, he’ll still be in Glenpool as the Warriors’ assistant athletic director. It will allow him more time to watch his sons, Gus and Michael, play football and wrestle.
“I want to sit back and watch them,” Edwards said. “Both have really promising futures in both football and wrestling, I want to be able to watch them.”
And what about coaching? Edwards wouldn’t totally close the book on a return in the future.
“If I still have a hankering to get back into it,” he said, “hopefully I’ll be able to do that.”
Steve Edwards’ career
Seasons: 24 (all as Glenpool head coach)
District titles: 8
State titles: 2
CLASS 5A PREVIEW
| Ben Johnson
Class 5A preview
**1. Carl Albert - Dadrion Taylor ran for 1,365 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, but now he passes the torch to Javion Hunt, who holds offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and several more (only in-state offer is Tulsa).
2. Bishop Kelley - Plenty of notable names on this year’s Comets roster, but don’t surprised when Cori Lewis’ name is in high demand on the recruiting trails by midseason (if not before then).
3. Collinsville - Cardinals lose Grayson Boomer and Jake Tuttle from last year’s 5A semifinal team. But Collinsville always finds a way to replace departed talent and keep on winning.
4. Bishop McGuinness - Get ready for a lot of Dominic Richardson, a TCU commit, this season.
5. Edison - Running back Sevion Morrison burst onto the scene last season and rewrote several Edison records en route to 2,761 yards and 38 touchdowns.
6. Guthrie - The Bluejays always manage to have a stout defensive unit, and 2019 shouldn’t be any different. Should be Hector Goosby and Tervae Williams anchoring this season’s defensive efforts.
7. Duncan - A lot of talented players in 5A, and Jai’Vion Dangerfield could be the most unheralded of them all.
8. Tahlequah - He may be small (5 feet, 7 inches and 170 pounds), but running back Dae Dae Leathers has been nothing but productive when he’s on the field.
9. Ardmore - Last season’s 5A runner-up will have to move on to 2019 without several key contributors from 2018 -- Brayden Bryant, Sitani Lemeki, Tero Roberts, Cameron Petties, Trenzel Johnson and several more.
10. Claremore - Zebras with no lack of skills guys this season, including Dylan Kedzior, Quention Skinner and Jace Hightower.
**2018 state champion
- Racer Felter (Lawton Mac): Senior quarterback leads a senior-heavy squad that could make a run this year in 5A.
- Jai’vion Dangerfield (Duncan): A two-way playmaker who had 1,100 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns, with one on an interception and two on punt returns. “He’s the real deal.” -- Duncan head coach JT Cobble.
- Dominic Richardson (Bishop McGuinness): TCU commit embarks on a senior season as the Irish’s central figure in a potential title run.
- Reise Collier and David Peters (Carl Albert): Two tackling machines combined for 328 takedowns for the Titans in 2018.
- JD Coonfield and Tervae Williams (Guthrie): Combined for 197 tackles and five interceptions in 2018.
- Dylan Hampton (Piedmont): Threw for 1,338 yards and ran for 375 yards during his junior campaign.
- Blake Lair (Coweta): Hauled in an impressive 952 yards and 15 touchdowns on 47 catches as a junior in 2018.
- Chris Hilton (McAlester): Senior-to-be quarterback could thrive in first-year head coach Forrest Mazey’s offense after passing for 1,032 yards and nine touchdowns, while adding 625 yards on the ground last year.
- Zach Middleton (Bishop Kelley): Oklahoma State commit is a standout as an offensive ball carrier, but shines on defense and leads a stout Comets’ defense.
- Makai Blades (Glenpool): Speedster could cause problems for opposing defenses if his offensive line creates proper running lanes.
- Jace Hightower (Claremore): Senior tailback has committed to Air Force after running for 1,138 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
- Jayden Garner (Skiatook): Dynamic offensive weapon for the Bulldogs, who once got the same production out of Jayden’s brother, Shae.
- Dae Dae Leathers (Tahlequah):
Our best guess(es)
Michael Swisher: Carl Albert -- The Titans will have to tussle with the Bishops (Kelley and McGuinness) along the way, but until one of them - or someone else - gets the job done, I’m not betting against the westside power. Carl Albert is chasing history this season, which will add to the pressure, but will have enough to lift yet another gold ball and etch its name in the winning streak book.
Whitt Carter: Carl Albert -- Hold on to your butts - Carl Albert is loaded again. This will certainly come to an end sometime and they could finally lose this year, as hilarious as that sounds. But they are winning 5A again, regardless of whether the streak continues or not.
Ben Johnson: Carl Albert -- I like Bishop Kelley a lot, but can’t deviate from the norm. Boring, I know.
Tim Holt Jr. steps down at Coweta
| Ben Johnson
As spring football begins, there’s now a head-coaching vacancy at Coweta. Early Monday morning, Tim Holt Jr. submitted his resignation to athletic director Tim Johnson.
Holt ends a three-year run at Coweta, where he went 19-15 with a district championship in 2017. He also guided the Tigers to the playoffs in three consecutive years.
“We appreciate the time Coach Holt put into the program,” Coweta athletic director Tim Johnson told the Wagoner County American-Tribune. “We wish Tim and his family nothing but the best.”
According to several sources, Holt is heading to Broken Arrow to become the Tigers’ passing game coordinator. For the Tigers, the reigning Class 6AI champions, Holt joins the offensive staff, which is led by offensive coordinator Jay Wilkinson.
Holt served as an assistant at Broken Arrow from 2010 to 2015.
Coweta is coming off a 5-7 season, one that ended with a loss to Ardmore in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
The next head coach will be Coweta’s third since 2013.
WRESTLING: All-State rosters announced
| Ben Johnson
The Oklahoma Coaches Association announced the 2019 All-State wrestling rosters on Tuesday morning.
Here are the rosters and some notes on the honorees:
113: David Boucher (Bartlesville)
120: Laif Jones (Bartlesville)
126: Ty Nohelty (McAlester)
132: Reece Witcraft (Broken Arrow) - Two-time state champion headed to Oklahoma State
138: Spencer Schickram (Ponca City) - Won the Class 6A 138 title this season
145: Gage Hight (Glenpool) - Finished as a three-time runner-up for the Warriors
152: Ja’len Hernandez (Union)
160: Scott Patton (Sand Springs) - Runner-up at 6A 152
170: Isaac Strain (Tahlequah)
182: Talon Borror (Coweta) - Three-time state champion headed to Oklahoma
195: Elijah Tomlin (Union)
220: Korbin McLaughlin (Skiatook) - The 5A 220 champion this season to help Skiatook split the 5A state title with Collinsville
HWT: Caleb Orr (Jenks) - Runner-up in 6A heavyweight this season
113: Dominic Derr (Westmoore)
120: Jayston Cato (Carl Albert) - Runner-up at 5A 120 this season
126: Mitchell Lance (Piedmont) - Third place finish at 5A 126 this season
132: Colt Newton (Choctaw) - Finished third at 6A 132 this season
138: Cameron Picklo (Mustang) - Finished third at 138 this season
145: Kobi Gomez (Altus) - State champion at 5A 138 this season
152: Hunter Jump (Duncan) - State champion at 5A 160 after winning a state title at Lawton Mac as a junior
160: Rene Martinez (Putnam City) - Runner-up at 6A 160 this season
170: Zane Coleman (Choctaw) - Arizona State signee became a four-time state champion this season
182: Christian Maldonado (Lawton Mac) - State champion at 5A 170 this season
195: Carson Savage (Deer Creek) - Runner-up at 6A 195 this season
220: Jake McCoy (Edmond North) - Runner-up at 6A 220 this season
HWT: Josh Heindselman (Piedmont) - Became a two-time state champion by winning the 5A heavyweight crown this season
113: Kaleb Harris (Sallisaw)
120: Luke Montgomery (Bristow) - Finishied third at 4A 120 this season
126: Thaddeus Long (McLain) - Became the Titans’ first state champion since 1976 with a title at 4A 126
132: Wesley Scott (Pawnee) - Runner-up at 3A 132 this season
138: Price Perrier (Pawhuska) - Runner-up at 3A 138 this season
145: Trystian Shireman (Wagoner) - Finished third at 4A 138 this season
152: Hadyn Redus (Perry) - State champion at 3A 152 this season
160: Jacob Ahrberg (Cushing) - State champion at 4A 160 this season
170: Cade Shropshire (Checotah) - Two-time state champion for the Wildcats with the 3A 160 chamionship this season
182: River Simon (Vian) - Became a two-time state champion by winning the 3A 182 title this season
195: Eriq Simpson (Cushing) - Runner-up at 4A 195 this season
220: Drake Barbee (Blackwell) - State champion at 3A 195 this season
HWT: Teaguen Wilson (Perry) - Runner-up at 3A heavyweight this season
113: Remington White (Walters) - Former state champion was the 3A runner-up at 113 this season
120: Jaxon Miller (Comanche)
126: Logan Farrell (Tuttle) - Runner-up at 4A 126 this season
132: Kolton Smith (Bridge Creek) - Became the Bobcats’ first state champion by winning the 3A 126 title this season
138: Kobey Kizarr (Marlow) - State champion at 3A 138 this season
145: Val Park (Heritage Hall) - Became a three-time state champion by winning 4A 138 title this season
152: Alec McDoulett (Little Axe) - Runner-up at 3A 152 this season
160: Tyler Lavey (Marlow) - Runner-up at 3A 160 this season
170: Ethon Hamrick (Comanche)
182: Denver Dahlenburg (Hinton)
195: Carson Berryhill (Tuttle) - Won a second straight state championship by winning 4A 195 title this season
220: Cameron Gregg (Pauls Valley)
HWT: Ruben Guiterrez (Clinton) - Finished third at 4A heavyweight this season
**Photo courtesy of Austin Bernard/Owrestle.com
McAlester drops home opener loss to Broken Bow
Slow Pitch | | Corey Stolzenbach | McAlester News-Capital
McAlester welcomed Broken Bow for slow pitch on Thursday. The Lady Buffaloes (0-6) are still looking for their first win of the season, dropping a 14-6 loss to the Lady Savages. Freshman Emily Collins had two RBIs for the Lady Buffs in the game.
LEEDEY'S BROADBENT TO TAKE OVER RED OAK GIRLS PROGRAM
| Michael Swisher
Luke Broadbent will be in the same type of situation.
He’s just moving to the other side of the state to do it.
Broadbent on Monday was approved as the new girls basketball coach at Red Oak.
The Cashion native has spent the last five years coaching the Leedey girls program.
His teams were 90-55 in that stretch went to the Class B state quarterfinals three of the last four years.
Broadbent, who has family roots in the western Oklahoma community, didn’t come by the decision to leave easily.
“I love Leedey. I love this community and, especially, I love my kids here,” he said.
“They are such incredible kids. We have been blessed with a lot of success during my time here.”
Yet, Broadbent, his wife and newborn baby will be packing up and moving 300 miles to the southeast.
“I will always have fond memories of being here,” Broadbent said of Leedey. “But Red Oak offered me something that I just could not turn down.”
The schools are reflective of one another.
Both are in rural settings.
Both have strong softball traditions (Leedey has eight slow pitch titles; Red Oak has seven slow pitch, including 2023, and eight fastpitch crowns).
Both have realized their share of success in girls basketball as well.
Leedey has made 22 total trips to state with one title.
Red Oak has been 10 times, eight of those trips since 2011.
The Lady Eagles have been in the state finals three times during that stretch, but haven’t reached Oklahoma’s elite eight since 2019.
The 2023 squad was 22-5 under Casey Butcher and reached the Class A area finals before dropping consecutive games to Riverside and Quinton. Butcher will remain the Lady Eagles' softball coach.
Red Oak will offer the same type of circumstances for Broadbent, just in a different setting. While Broadbent admits the move is a “a big one,” he also says the opportunity for success awaits.
“I think Red Oak is one of - if not THE - staples of small schools east of I-35,” he said. “ It’s got great administration, great kids and great coaches and tremendous tradition.”
SKORDLE'S FINAL 6A SOCCER RANKINGS
| Korry Rogers
It's postseason time in Oklahoma high school soccer and this year’s playoffs in 6A boys and girls are shaping up to be elite competition.
Here is a look at our final rankings of the season, the playoff brackets and our picks for the "final four" in each bracket:
6A Girls Final Rankings
- Norman North (14-0) (7-0) W14
- Edmond North (10-2) (6-1) W4
- Deer Creek (10-4) (7-0) W7
- Union (13-1) (6-1) W3
- Jenks (9-2) (6-1) W2
- Owasso (12-2) (6-1) W5
- Bixby (9-5) (6-1) W5
- Edmond Memorial (10-3) (6-1) L1
- Yukon (9-3-1) (5-2) W3
- Westmoore (8-5) (6-1) W6
- Mustang (10-4) (5-2) W1
- Broken Arrow (7-4) (5-2) W1
- Norman (10-5) (4-3) L2
- Booker T. Washington (7-5) (5-2) L1
- Edmond Santa Fe (6-8) (4-3) W3
- Enid (9-5) (4-3) L2
Playoff Brackets - 6A Girls
#4 Deer Creek vs. #15 Edmond Santa Fe
#10 Westmoore vs. #9 Yukon
#7 Bixby vs. #16 Enid
#5 Jenks vs. #12 Broken Arrow
#2 Edmond North vs. #14 Booker T. Washington
#6 Owasso vs. #3 Union
#1 Norman North vs. #13 Norman
#8 Ed. Memorial vs. #11 Mustang
6A Girls Final Four Prediction:
Deer Creek vs. Jenks / Edmond North vs. Norman North
6A Boys Final Rankings
- Broken Arrow (13-2) (7-0) W7
- Norman North (10-4) (7-0) W6
- Westmoore (10-2) (6-1) W6
- Jenks (9-2) (6-1) W1
- Deer Creek (10-3) (6-1) L1
- Owasso (9-4) (6-1) W6
- Edmond Memorial (12-2) (5-2) W4
- Edmond North (9-5) (6-1) W2
- Mustang (11-3) (5-2) L2
- Putnam City West (12-2) (6-1) W3
- Stillwater (11-3) (6-1) W3
- Bartlesville (6-4) (5-2) W1
- Tulsa Union (7-4) (4-3) W3
- Northwest Classen (11-4) (4-3) L1
- Bixby (6-6) (3-4) W2
- Capitol Hill (7-4) (4-3) W2
Playoff Brackets - 6A Boys
#4 Deer Creek vs. #16 Capitol Hill
#3 Westmoore vs. #7 Edmond Memorial
#1 Broken Arrow vs. #13 Union
#8 Edmond North vs. #12 Bartlesville
#4 Jenks vs. #15 Bixby
#6 Owasso vs. #11 Stillwater
#2 Norman North vs. #14 Northwest Classen
#10 Putnam City West vs. #9 Mustang
6A Boys Final Four Prediction: Edmond Memorial vs. Broken Arrow / Jenks vs. Norman North
LITTLEJOHN LANDS BIXBY GIRLS JOB
| Michael Swisher
The door was opened.
Rylie Littlejohn knew she had to walk through.
Littlejohn on Monday accepted the girls head coaching position at Bixby High School.
She’ll succeed Tina Thomas, who stepped away after eight successful seasons, including a pair of state runner-up finishes.
Littlejohn makes the Bixby move after three seasons at the helm of the Preston Lady Pirate program, one that got back to the state tournament this year for the first time since 2017.
“That was the hardest part,” said Littlejohn, who broke the news to her Preston team on Monday afternoon.
“If there was a reason I didn’t want to do this, it was them. Although I graduated a big core of the team, I still had three coming back that have been with me since they were freshmen.
“Leaving their senior year was not easy.”
But, she said, when the Bixby job opened up, she couldn’t help but be interested.
For starters, Littlejohn and her husband Chase, the Preston boys’ coach, live in Bixby.
“It’s five minutes from my house,” she said.
When the Littlejohns have had their opportunities, they’ve taken in some Bixby basketball games.
“When I’ve watched the program, I’ve thought, ‘I want to be a part of that,’” Littlejohn said. “Now, did I think it would happen this soon? No.
“But I feel God opened this door and if he opened it, I need to walk through it.”
The former Rylie Torrey, Littlejohn helped lead Locust Grove to a state championship as a player in 2015.
Her collegiate career landed her at Oral Roberts where she picked up both a bachelor’s and master’s degree prior to accepting the Preston job before the 2020-21 season.
Her first team won 14 games. Then 21 the next year.
The 2022-23 squad went 24-6 and made it to the 2A state tournament before being knocked out by Pawhuska.
While Bixby also graduated a large core of its talent, Littlejohn knows she doesn’t have to rebuild.
“It’s a good foundation and they know what winning looks like,” Littlejohn said. “They did graduate a big class with a lot of college talent, but hopefully there are more college-level players coming up.”
A school the size of Bixby, she said, certainly offers the opportunity.
“There’s so much to choose from and you can practically build the program the way you want,” she said.
She’ll begin that process later this spring during Bixby’s rounds of tryouts.
In the meantime, Littlejohn said she’s glad to be past the toughest part of the entire process.
“Talking to my Preston team today was brutal,” she said. “But I know this was the best career move as far as what’s best for me and my family.”
SKORDLE'S UPDATED 6A SOCCER RANKINGS
| Korry Rogers
And down the stretch they come.
District championships and playoff spots are on the line as the Oklahoma high school soccer regular season winds down the next two weeks before the playoffs launch in May.
Here are where the Skordle folks see the rankings for Class 6A for games played through April 14:
- Norman North (12-0) (5-0) W12
- Edmond North (8-2) (4-1) W2
- Tulsa Union (11-1) (4-1) W1
- Mustang (10-2) (5-0) W8
- Deer Creek (8-4) (5-0) W5
- Jenks (7-2) (4-1) L1
- Edmond Memorial (8-2) (4-0) W7
- Owasso (9-2) (3-1) W2
- Norman (10-3) (4-1) W2
- Bixby (7-5) (4-1) W3
Teams still in play-off contention:
- Yukon (7-3-1) (3-2)
- Westmoore (7-5) (5-1)
- Edmond Santa Fe (5-8) (3-3)
- Moore (8-5) (3-3)
- Enid (9-3) (4-1)
- Sand Springs (8-3) (3-2)
- Booker T Washington (6-4) (4-1)
- Broken Arrow (5-3) (3-1)
- Mustang (11-1) (5-0) W7
- Jenks (8-1) (5-0) W8
- Deer Creek (9-2) (5-0) W5
- Broken Arrow (11-2) (5-0) W5
- Norman North (8-4) (5-0) W4
- Westmoore (9-2) (5-1) W5
- Edmond Memorial (11-2) (4-2) W3
- Owasso (7-4) (4-1) W4
- Edmond North (7-5) (4-1) L1
- PC West (10-2) (4-1) W1
In the Playoff Hunt still:
- NW Classen (10-3) (3-2)
- Norman (5-6) (3-2)
- Capitol Hill (6-3) (3-3)
- Stillwater (9-3) (4-1)
- Enid (8-5) (3-2)
- Union (5-4) (2-3)
- Bartlesville (5-3) (4-1)
- Ponca City (8-4) (2-2)
- Booker T Washington (4-5) (2-3)
SKORDLE'S UPDATED 6A SOCCER RANKINGS
| Korry Rogers
1) Norman North (6-0)
(Ed. note: These rankings have been compiled by a committee consisting of several people associated with soccer in the state. We have dubbed them the Skordle Futbol Committee.)
With district games starting across Oklahoma high school soccer, here's how we ranked the 6A teams this week as they begin their push for playoff seeding.
2) Edmond North (5-1)
3) Union (7-0)
4) Jenks (3-1)
5) Owasso (3-1)
6) Mustang (6-2)
7) Broken Arrow (2-1)
8) Deer Creek (3-4)
9) Yukon (4-2-1)
10) Edmond Memorial (2-2)
1) Mustang (7-1)
2) Edmond Memorial (7-0)
3) Broken Arrow (6-2)
4) Deer Creek (4-2)
5) Jenks (3-1)
6) Union (3-1)
7) Norman North (4-2)
8) Westmoore (4-1)
9) Edmond North (4-2)
10) Bixby (3-2)
Skordle's Preseason Large School Soccer Rankings
| Michael Swisher
(Ed. note: Although his daughter is currently playing in three leagues and he is listed as the author, Michael Swisher is not smart enough to compile these rankings. They will be compiled each week by a committee consisting of several people associated with soccer in the state. We have dubbed them the Skordle Futbol Committee.)
- Deer Creek
- Edmond North
- Broken Arrow
- Norman North
- Edmond Memorial
- Norman North
- Deer Creek
- Broken Arrow
- Edmond North
- NW Classen
- Edmond Memorial
- Bishop McGuinness
- Bishop Kelley
- Lawton MacArthur
- El Reno
- Santa Fe South
- Bishop Kelley
- Tulsa East Central
- Lawton Eisenhower
- Tulsa Will Rogers
- Tulsa Memorial
- Tulsa Edison
- Bishop McGuinness
WEEK 1 – MATCHES OF THE WEEK
Friday March 3, 2023
Deer Creek (6A #1) vs. Norman North (6A #4) – State Championship Rematch
Bishop Kelley (5A #3) vs. Yukon (6A #9)
Union (6A #6) vs. Owasso (6A #10)
Edmond Sante Fe vs. Edmond Memorial (6A #7)
Broken Arrow (6A #4) vs. Mustang (6A #5)
Oklahoma Christian School (3A) vs. Heritage Hall (3A)
Jenks (6A #2) vs. Mustang (6A #5)
Edmond Santa Fe vs. Edmond Memorial (6A #10)
Deer Creek (6A #3) vs. Norman North (6A #1)
SKORDLE SAMPLER - Week 10 (2022): The Popcorn Ball
| Michael Swisher
While out trick-or-treating with my kids Monday night, I was having a discussion with some of the other parents in our group about my Halloween experiences as a kid.
I vividly remember always loving the houses that gave away homemade cookies, brownies, caramel apples and - especially - popcorn balls.
I was reminiscing and remembering the good ol’ days when people used to hand out these homemade treats and it really made Halloween special.
As my kids were about midway through the evening and collecting a ton of Halloween candy, all three of them came running back to me telling they were just given popcorn ball.
They all wanted to know what it was exactly and if it was good?
Is it good?!?!?!?!?!