Wright City Lumberjax
Wright City, OK 74766
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| Ben Johnson
It's that time of year again. Summertime has arrived, and high school sports fans are left waiting for more games in August. But fear not! The Publics and Privates OKpreps Podcast will help get you through the slow months.
This week the guys recap some state tournament baseball, including Edmond Santa Fe and Pryor winning titles for the first time for both programs. The guys also look back on the memorable moments from the 2018-2019 athletic season, including some cross country, football, basketball and much more.
The podcast closes out with Swisher breaking down this week's Skordle Shootout in Cushing. A solid field of small school hoopsters will be at Cushing Middle School, and Swisher gives you all the details you need to stop by and watch some basketball.
| Ben Johnson
OKLAHOMA CITY — Right or wrong, perhaps Wright City was best known for intervening and delaying the 2013 state baseball tournament in the state courts system.
Now the Class 2A No.1 Lumberjax can be known for being state champions following a 62-49 win over second-ranked Latta at State Fair Arena on Saturday night. Now Wright City has a golden achievement to add to the trophy case in far southeast Oklahoma — the first of its kind at the school.
“It’s a privilege to bring it home,” Wright City coach Joel Dickerson said. “I know our fans standing (in the arena), my former players — it means a lot to our community.
“…This group was just fortunate to get it done.”
That they did.
CJ Briley made all seven of his field goal attempts, including three from beyond the 3-point arc, to lead Wright City with 18 points. His brother, Robert Briley, added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with five assists.
“It feels great,” Robert Briley said of the school’s first state championship. “Our hard work paid off, and I’m grateful for it.”
In taking down the reigning state champions, Wright City out-rebounded Latta, 27-14, and the Lumberjax also shot 53.8 percent (21 of 39) from the field.
“My guys, they’re really, really good shooters,” Robert Briley said. “All we do is practice shooting 3s all the time.”
Adam Jordan scored 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting in 31 minutes on the court. Trent Smith mixed in 19 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers (26-6).
The score was tied at 13 at the end of the first period, but a 17-10 second quarter put Wright City in front for good. And the end result was just what Dickerson preached about all season long.
“We talked about this all year,” he said. “It’s not about making a state tournament, it’s not about winning one or two games, it’s about winning this gold ball. These guys believed in that, and we got it done.”
No. 1 Wright City 62, No. 2 Latta 49
Latta (26-6): Adam Jordan 20, Trent Smith 19, Elijah Factor 8, Hyatt Hoppe 2.
Wright City (30-2): CJ Briley 18, Dalyn Burrell 15, Robert Briley 14, Justin Lecrone 9, Chris Trusty 6.
| Michael Swisher
On the way home from Labor Day weekend at Grand Lake, I decided to stop at 1907 Barbecue in Tulsa and see what all the recent recognition and hype was all about.
1907 has had a growing positive following among BBQ lovers in past months and this was especially highlighted in a recent article and review in Texas Monthly.
We all know, or should at least, that the quality of sliced brisket is what really separates the pretty good BBQ places from the truly great ones…and the brisket that 1907 has been cooking has been highly acclaimed for quite some while.
I had also been intrigued by their pictures of their barbacoa tacos, which they only serve on Sundays, so I decided it was time to check things out for myself.
1907 Barbecue started as food truck in Tulsa and has now moved to the very popular Mother Road Market, which is a collection of several restaurants and shops all under one roof, offering seating both inside and outside.
This made for a very neat atmosphere for what was sure to be an excellent lunch!
The sliced brisket was everything it was made out to be and more.
It was perfectly moist, high in buttery fat content and had a dark, rich bark crust.
1907 produced the melt-in-your-mouth quality sliced brisket I wanted and honestly it was one the best pieces of sliced brisket I have ever had in Oklahoma.
I can confidently say that it is in the discussion for the best brisket in Oklahoma - without question.
The barbacoa tacos at 1907 are made with slow roasted beef cheek and packed full of tremendous flavor!