Adair, OK 74330
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| 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
| Ben Johnson
When Sperry and Beggs met the first time this season, it was an extremely emotion affair. News broke the day before the two met that Beggs running back Kayson Tolliver has been gunned down in his bed.
It was as tragic as it gets.
But Beggs opted to play and honor the life that Tolliver had lived. The scene on the field was highly irregular, as Sperry quarterback Beau Teel tells it.
“I can remember being in eighth grade, and Sperry had a player pass away and we had to play Claremore Sequoyah and emotions were so high,” Teel recalled. “That’s how that game was against Beggs.
“Players were crying on the field and everything. Makes you realize that football isn’t the most important thing in the world.”
Now the two teams will meet again -- and emotions will be high again. This time, it’ll be for the Class 2A championship at Owasso Stadium on Thursday.
“It means a lot, but not just to me, but our team and town have been waiting for an opportunity like this for a long time,” Sperry’s Bryce Carter said. “We want to make the most of it.”
Third-ranked Beggs beat Sperry 35-21 on Nov. 2. The Pirates led 14-0 at halftime, but the Golden Demons went on a torrid rally in the second half, including scoring 28 points in the third quarter.
“Our first time playing Beggs made us realize that you have to play your best football for all four quarters,” Teel said. “Beggs is a great second half team that plays with a lot of heart. They know what it takes to win big games. We can not let up any this time around.”
For No. 5 Sperry, it’s the Pirates first appearance in a championship game since 1968. That’s created a considerable amount of buzz around the small town on the western edge of Tulsa County.
“The town is so excited to be in this game,” Teel said. “It’s been over 50 years since this town has been in the championship game, and it’s just really awesome. People we’ve never seen before have started coming out just to watch us play. It’s great.”