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Baseball | | Brian Johnson | The Ada News
TUTTLE – Randis Gray fired a five-inning, one-hit shutout and Tyler Dean went 3-for-3 from the plate with two runs batted in, four runs scored and a walk Thursday as the Latta Panthers shut out the Byng Lady Pirates 10-0 in the Tuttle Tournament. Latta then clipped host Tuttle 7-6 in a come-from-behind win. The Panthers, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, improved to 7-0 on the year, while Byng dipped to 5-6. Latta played Bethany Friday for a berth in today’s 7 p.m. championship game. Byng battled host Tuttle and Lawton Ike on Friday.
Baseball | | Jeff Cali | The Ada News
The Latta High School baseball team is off to an impressive start to the 2018 spring season. Kyle Rogers pitched a four-inning no-hitter, and Tyler Dean pounded two home runs in Latta’s 15-0 win over host Vanoss Thursday evening. The Panthers are off to a 3-0 start and have recorded three straight shutout victories. Tyler Dean pitched five shutout innings in Latta’s 9-0 win over Ash
Boys Basketball | | Jeff Cali | The Ada News
YUKON — Latta senior leader Trent Smith was, to say the least, frustrated while spending most of his time on the bench during the first half of a Class 2A State semifinal matchup with Hooker Friday night at Yukon High School. Smith took those frustrations out on the Bulldogs in the second half. The Latta playmaker scored 21 of his game-high 25 points over the final two quarters and stole a last-second inbound pass by Hooker as the buzzer sound to help the second-ranked Panthers trip No. 3 Hooker 42-41.
Girls Basketball | | Jeff Cali | The Ada News
AMBER — Latta senior Shaylee Senkel has a reputation. But don’t worry, it’s a good one.
Senkel is known to be one of the top on-ball defenders in Class 2A girls basketball. But her offense has been kind of an afterthought.
That is, until now.
| Michael Swisher
In an effort to satisfy its membership and build up an atmosphere similar to basketball at “The Big House,” the OSSAA on Wednesday announced plans to consolidate all of its 11-man football state championships to one location this season.
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium in Edmond will be the host site of seven title tilts over two weekends.
The announcement was made by OSSAA Executive Director David Jackson during a press conference at the association’s headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Joining Jackson were UCO Athletic Director Eddie Griffin as well as Justin Jones, executive director of the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association.
“The University of Central Oklahoma has some of the best facilities in the nation and will provide a first-class venue for this championship,” said Jones, head coach at Norman North High School. “The student-athletes, coaches and communities who are fortunate enough to make it to the state championship game will no doubt walk away with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
The OFBCA has long voiced its desire to host title games at one site since the OSSAA’s contract with Oklahoma State University ended in 2013.
The OSSAA has been receptive, but also faced an obstacle.
“A lot of our members see what goes on in Texas at AT&T (Stadium),” Jackson said, referring to the Lone Star State hosting all of its state championships at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
“Where they (the membership) understand we don’t have an AT&T…they still wanted to at least pursue something that might work for us. But finding that one site was always the challenge for us.
Jackson and OSSAA staffer Mike Whaley entered discussions with the university.
“UCO was very interested when they were approached this time,” Jackson said. “The excitement that they have shown us in wanting to do this goes a long way because that shows they’re going to make sure our students have a great experience there.”
Jackson said the agreement is a one-year “trial run” but the hope is for a longer agreement. The desire is also there, he said, to develop an atmosphere that attracts the casual football fan, not just those of the competing teams, much like the state basketball tournaments in March.
“We hope that after we finish with this that we can both see this as a win-win and find a way to make it a long-term agreement because we like the prospects of that and what we can do in addressing what our membership is asking for,” Jackson said.
There will be no exceptions to UCO playing host, Jackson said.
For instance, if Jenks and Owasso were to meet up for the 6A-1 crown, they won’t be making the shorter drive to Chapman Stadium in Tulsa.
“One of the positive s that went in pursuing this was working with the OFBCA and those are a part of that,” Jackson said. “So when we hear from the OFBCA that ‘we’re interested in that,’ we take that as everyone is interested in that.”
Jackson noted that smaller schools from the same geographic region might also have to travel a longer distance to meet up.
“But when you have a chance to go to a great facility and you’re treated well, it eliminates a lot of that skepticism of travel a ways,” he said. “We plan on playing these 11-man football championships at UCO.”
The first two title games will be played Friday, Dec. 6: Class 4A is scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6A-II at 7 p.m.
Three gold balls will be earned Saturday, Dec. 7: Class 3A at 11 a.m., 5A at 3:30 p.m. and 6A-I at 8 p.m.
Class A and 2A, which have five playoff weeks, will decide their titles Saturday, Dec. 14. Class A is slated for 1 p.m. and 2A at 7 p.m.
| Ben Johnson
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| Michael Swisher
By John Hardaway
In the mood for some really solid BBQ in the Northwest OKC?
Then I highly suggest you check out Smoked Out BBQ on Northwest Expressway.
Just look for the cool NEON GREEN signage outside.
The Richardson family has been cooking food for 75 years.
Smoked Out began as a highly-regarded food truck and catering business and then opened their brick and mortar storefront a little over a year ago.
On my visits, I have been impressed with the quality of their sliced brisket, which is always the measuring stick for any serious BBQ joint in my opinion.
Their ribs were great; nice and meaty, not these clean and cute ribs that I run into from time to time.
Sausage has good bite and spice and the pulled pork was moist and delicious.
Smoked Out prides themselves on quality sides and I was impressed with their mac and cheese and beans.
Now, here are the two best pieces of advice I could give someone going to Smoked Out BBQ.