Friday, April 27, 2012

Former Tahlequah standouts to clash

A late-season college softball matchup will offer a reunion of sorts in Conway, Ark., on Saturday.
When Central Arkansas and Oklahoma play at 1 p.m., former Tahleuah standouts Erica Sampson and Ashley Boswell will get to square off against each other.
But more so than anything, it'll just be a time for the two to reminisce.
"We haven't really seen each other since Christmas break," said Boswell, who is hitting .314 for Central Arkansas this season. "It'll be different, but it'll be good competition."
At OU, Sampson is coming off a game where he blasted a three-run home run against Oklahoma State earlier this week.
Sampson certainly is looking forward to talking to Boswell.
"I can't wait to see her," Sampson said.
The Sooners are 39-7 and Central Arkansas is 35-18. And for Boswell and company, the matchup with a Big 12 Conference powerhouse will be a nice tune-up before the Southland Conference tournament.
"It'll be a good way to get some good competition in before the conference tournament," Boswell said.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lady Tigers Invitational (golf results)

(At Cherry Springs Golf Course)
— Par 72

Top 10 teams
t1. Poteau — 375
t1. Coweta — 375
3. Hilldale — 392
4. Muskogee — 398
5. Keys — 406
6. Wagoner — 416
7. Claremore — 422
8. Oologah — 428
9. Tahlequah — 433
10. Collinsville — 444

Top 10 medalists
1. Hannah Ward (Poteau) — 74
2. Catrina Pearson (Muskogee) — 78
3. Tiffany Thompson (Coweta) — 84
4. Alyssa Brown (Claremore) — 87
5. Katie Lemler (Keys) — 88
t6. Megan McDaniels (Oologah) — 89
t6. Courtney Cunningham (Hilldale) — 89
8. Audrey Butcher (Coweta) — 90
9. Emily Pippin (Tahlequah) — 91

Monday, March 12, 2012

All-Metro Lakes Conference girls basketball

Here are the postseason honors for girls basketball in the Metro Lakes Conference.

Most Valuable Player: Miranda Taylor (Claremore).
Defensive Player of the Year: Correy Moyer (Skiatook).
Offensive Player of the Year: Shelbie Kirby (Collinsville).
Coach of the Year: Chad Walker (Tahlequah) and Mark Campbell (Claremore).

Tahlequah: Casey Beaston, Randee O’Donnell, Desiree Phipps.
Skiatook: Angel Burdette, Kristin Canady.
Pryor: Lynzi Morgan.
Coweta: Katie Kelley, Lindsay Nowlin.
Collinsville: Haley Kirby, Katie North.
Claremore: Megan Martin, Kaleigh Cox.
Bishop Kelley: Chelsea McKenzie, Haley Stephens, Seana Stoia.

Honorable Mention
Tahlequah: Jhonette Cookson, Marissa Girdner, Alissa Hadley.
Claremore: Cali Reynolds, Anna McGuire.
Coweta: Haley Brewster, Kaitlyn Norton, Madison Vaughn.
Bishop Kelley: Madi Schulz, Ariel Mackey.
Skiatook: Megan Crase, Caitlin Coody.
Collinsville: Laura Cooper, Sam Smith.
Pryor: Becca Chalakee.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Class 3A Area IV girls team capsules

With playoff basketball resuming later on today, here's quick glance at each girls team in the Area IV tournament.
(Later this afternoon, I'll post team capsules for 5A girls, with Tahlequah playing Grove at 8 p.m.)

Area IV tournament in Fort Gibson
Today's game feature:
Keys & Sequoyah at 1:30.
Spiro & Wilburton at 6:30.
(Winner of both games meet on Friday at 1:30).

Friday's other game pits Kansas and Salina against each other with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

Keys Cougars
Record: 13-12.
Ranking: No. 17.
Coach: Leon Ashlock.
Last playoff game: 55-37 win over Antlers in Region II consolation title game.
Notes: Keys has only beaten one top-20 team this season. ... The Lady Cougars are 0-4 against opponents in the area tournament.

Sequoyah Indians
Record: 19-7.
Ranking: No. 9.
Coach: Bill Nobles.
Last playoff game: 50-44 loss to Kansas in Region I championship game.
Note: Sequoyah is 8-2 since Jan. 24.

Wilburton Diggers
Record: 21-6.
Ranking: No. 12.
Coach: Eddie Muse.
Last playoff game: 51-26 win over Hugo in Region I consolation title game.
Note: Wilburton is 9-4 in neutral-site games this season.

Spiro Bulldogs
Record: 13-8.
Ranking: Unranked.
Coach: Kayla Carrington.
Last playoff game: 59-36 loss to Salina in Region II championship game.
Note: Last year's state qualifier is 11-6 away from home this year.

Kansas Comets
Record: 22-2.
Ranking: No. 1.
Coach: Steve Odle.
Last playoff game: 50-44 victory in Region I championship game over Sequoyah.
Note: Both losses for last season's runner-up in 3A came in the Tournament of Champions in December. Kansas lost to 4A No. 1 Fort Gibson (40-32) and 6A No. 3 Jenks (63-39). ... Since the loss to Jenks, the Lady Comets have won 15 straight games.

Salina Wildcats
Record: 19-5.
Ranking: No. 5.
Coach: Tony Rosebrough.
Last playoff game: 59-36 win over Spiro in Region II title game.
Notes: Salina's only loss since Jan. 13 was to Kansas (50-47 in overtime) on Feb. 10.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Regional-tournament aftermath — Day 1

We’re less than 24 hours into regional-tournament play, and already some surprises have been delivered.
Let’s delve deeper into what happened on Thursday for area teams.

• Tahlequah girls
The Class 5A No. 8 Lady Tigers faced little resistance from a Hale team that lacks any offensive punch. Tahlequah weathered a second-quarter run from Hale and had its regional-final ticket punched by halftime.
Randee O’Donnell was masterful on the offensive end for Tahlequah. The sophomore guard tallied 28 points, thanks to several open looks from deep in the second quarter, which she promptly drained — barely drawing iron on any if them.
O’Donnell had plenty of help, though. Marissa Girdner (12), Casey Beaston (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Jhonette Cookson all had solid offensive games while the Lady Tigers continue to wait on Desiree Phipps to heal up from an ankle injury.
If Tahlequah can get another balanced scoring effort — with assistance from Alissa Hadley from beyond the 3-point arc, the Lady Tigers could be a tough out for anyone in the 5A playoffs. And if Phipps can return, Tahlequah should be the equivalent of a 7- to 10-point favorite against 5A No. 11 Bishop Kelley on Saturday.
In Bishop Kelley, Tahlequah draws a team that struggled when Chelsea McKenzie wasn’t scoring in a win over Memorial on Thursday.
The key for Tahlequah will be to force Bishop Kelley to earn every point and make outside shots — something they’ve struggled with in two games at the TMAC this season.

• Sequoyah boys
Where to begin with the mess that 3A No. 4 Sequoyah has created for itself?
I’ll start by mentioning that the Indians failed to adjust accordingly in Thursday night’s loss to Coalgate. Sequoyah finished the game with 40 team fouls - yes, 40 - which allowed Coalgate to score a season high 71 points. Forty-three of Coalgate’s points came via Colby Lackey, who did most of his damage at the foul line — of course.
The troubling aspect — other than adjusting to the volume of fouls being called — of Sequoyah’s second regional semifinal loss in three years is the unwillingness to try and score inside. The Indians made only five 3s, and if I had to guess, I’d say they probably hoisted up 30-something attempts from deep.
Guys like Caisen Green, Stuart Polk and Reilly Sevenstar can get to the rim but get caught up in Sequoyah’s long-range assault at times. If Sequoyah is going to win five straight games — like they did in 2010 — and make the state tournament, it will have to use a responsible pressure defense and a disciplined offensive attack.
Ps, I’ve been told by people who were at the game in Wilburton, the fouls called on Sequoyah were legit, for the most part. There were a few questionable blocking calls, but every game has that.

• Sequoyah girls
If you’re looking for 3A’s coach of the year, you might not need to stray too far from Sequoyah’s Bill Nobles. While, at times, putting on a show on the sidelines, Nobles has done a heck of a job this year, squeezing every bit of talent and effort out of a club that features only 2 legitimate scorers (Courtney Jones and Baylee Ratliff). Loren Young has her moments, too.
Jones was at it again Thursday night, scoring 23 points to sew up a date with No. 1 Kansas in the regional finals on Saturday.
And at this rate, Sequoyah could be well-equipped for an upset of Kansas, after narrowly losing to Kansas in the regional semifinals last year.

• Keys boys
Another Duane Jones team was at it again last night. The Cougars continue to be masters of regional-tournament play, this time beating Spiro on the Bulldogs’ home court.
Now, it’s off to Poteau for Keys’ opportunity at a third straight regional title. The Cougars will get a rematch against 3A No. 4 Victory Christian, a team Keys beat in the regional semifinals last year only to fall to the  Conquerors in the area consolation title game.
Despite being unranked now, Keys has the right ingredients for a deep playoff run — a trio of solid forwards inside and a pair of guards (Trevor Eubanks and Preston Releford) who can score at will. Eubanks has been on a roll offensively, scoring 29 points in his regional debut this season.
Beating Victory Christian will be a tall order, but VC will be making its second long trip — at Muldrow Thursday and in Poteau Saturday — in three days. The Cougars could benefit from that, but first they have to limit L.J. Ross’ production inside for VC.

• Keys girls
I thought the Keys girls were a virtual lock to at least get to the area tournament, a place they’ve been the last two years with lesser talent. But Cougars have their work cut out for them now.
A loss to Spiro in the regional semifinals means that Keys will have to overcome Victory Christian (Friday) and almost certainly Eufaula (Saturday) to earn a spot in Fort Gibson.
Keys lives and dies by jump shooting and it cost the Cougars dearly on Thursday night. LeeKelli Kennedy, Ashtin Dudley and Jessie Bliss need to start making shots if Keys is going to make it any further in the playoffs.

• Hulbert girls
I had high hopes for Hulbert going into the playoffs. The Riders didn’t disappoint with a district title over Sallisaw Central, and I liked Hulbert’s chances against a Talihina team that hadn’t played many tough teams this year.
But Hulbert faltered in the rebounding department and now has a long road to travel to try and get back into the 2A state-tournament picture. The Riders need a win Friday before they earn a spot against either Savanna or Sallisaw Central in the regional conso finals.
Claim the conso bracket, and Hulbert will likely draw Howe in the area tournament.
Like I said, tough road ahead, but I’d like to see Hulbert at least make it to area.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Pregame primer: Bishop Kelley at Tahlequah

Tahlequah's Mutlipurpose Activity Center will play host to four eventful basketball games over the next 24 hours. Fort Gibson will be here on Saturday afternoon, but first up is Bishop Kelley tonight in Metro Lakes Conference games.

Here are some projected news & notes for tonight's games:
— The girls game features two top-10 teams in Class 5A. Bishop Kelley is No. 8 with Tahlequah right behind at No. 9.
— Bishop Kelley enters with four dangerous weapons offensively: Chelsea McKenzie, Madi Schulz, Haley Stephens and Seana Stoia. All four average right around nine to 10 points a game. And of the four of them, only McKenzie is a senior; the rest are juniors.
— Tahlequah has a formidable trio of its own in Randee O'Donnell, Casey Beaston and Desiree Phipps. Beaston leads the team in scoring per game at 9.9 points with Phipps at 9.5 and O'Donnell at 9.4.
— Tahlequah beat Bishop Kelley in the first meeting of the season, beating the Lady Comets 67-63 in Tulsa back in December.
— Beaston's career-high scoring mark came against Bishop Kelley in December when the junior forward logged 23 points.
— For Bishop Kelley, Stoia had 22 points in the first meeting.

— The boys game features No. 15 Bishop Kelley and No. 19 Tahlequah.
— Bishop Kelley won the first matchup in December, 60-42.
— Bishop Kelley enters having lost three of its last five games. Tahlequah, though, has won six of its last eight.
— Lain Wright leads Tahlequah in scoring with close to 15 points per game. Bishop Kelley's leading scorer is Alex Maguire with 11.8.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pregame primer: Northeastern State vs. Pittsburg State

Women's game
Projected starting lineups
No. 15 Pittsburg State (15-1)
Name                    Ht.     PPG     RPG
Drew Roberts         5-6     9.2     2.1
Alexa Bordewick     5-8     7.0     2.9
Brooke Conley        5-11   12.6    4.4
Larissa Richards     6-3     13.3    8.9
Lizzy Jeronimus      5-11   13.4    6.8

No. 8 Northeastern State (14-1)
Name                    Ht.     PPG     RPG
Cristy Nitz              5-11   10.7    4.3
Taylor Lewis          5-7     10.7    2.5
Sarah Green          5-9     8.6      5.7
Megan Fraley         5-5     6.3      2.4
Jasmine Wright      5-9     6.1      3.3
Notes: Northeastern State leads the overall series with Pittsburg  State, 9-8. ... The last meeting (NSU won 60-48) was in Dec. 4, 2001. ... Nitz is approaching the 1,000-point mark in her career. The senior from Dewey currently sits at 950 points in 107 games. ... NSU's lone loss was Emporia State in December. ... Pittsburg State's fisrt loss of the season came last week in a 65-51 setback to No. 17 Washburn.

Men's game
Projected starting lineups
Pittsburg State (10-6)
Name                    Ht.     PPG     RPG
Andra Bailey          6-4     11.3    9.0
JaVon McGee         6-6     12.2    7.2
Eric Ray                 6-2     12.6    2.9
Sam Pugh              6-2     4.4     1.5
Drake Green          6-3      9.4     2.4

Northeastern State (3-14)
Name                    Ht.     PPG     RPG
Jon Miller               6-5    12.6    2.3
John Schneider       6-7    7.6      4.6
Ethan Anderson      6-2    8.2      4.9
Zach Jones             6-6    4.2     4.2
Christian Mack        6-0    4.1     1.5
Notes: This will be the 61st time that NSU and Pittsburg State have met. ... Pittsburg State owns a 41-19 advantage in the series.