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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Eagles Fall in District Tourney Title Game to Rock Creek

 The Waurika Eagles closed its 2019 baseball season in heart-breaking fashion by dropping the title game of the Class A District Tournament to Rock Creek, 7-6.

Last Thursday on the first day of the tourney the Eagles did manage one win in the tourney opener with a 10-6 victory over Ringling. Rock Creek had already defeated the Blue Devils so the loss to the Eagles eliminated Ringling.

This meant that Waurika or Rock Creek had to win two games to claim the district championship.

Late Thursday, Rock Creek got the first win, 11-3, setting up a championship round on Friday. The Eagles would have had to beat the Mustangs twice to win the tourney.

The Mustangs scored a run in the bottom of the seventh in the 7-6 win to claim the district crown.

Waurika finished the 2019 campaign with a 16-7 record.

In the final game on Friday Rock Creek took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, the Mustangs took the lead on a two-run home run.

In the top of the seventh, the Eagles fought back to get a pair of runs – one on Jordan Watkins’ sacrifice fly.

Bowden Forsyth
Photo by Curtis Plant

The Mustangs scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning to end the Eagles’ season and advance to today’s Class A Regional Tournament.

Hunter Wesberry was 3-for-4 in the game with a triple and two singles. Aaron Nitka finished 2-for-4 with two runs batted in.

Austin Dyer took the loss on the mound as he surrendered eight hits and struck out five in the game.

In Thursday’s nightcap of the tournament the Eagles fell behind early and could not launch a serious threat during the game.

Peyton Fletcher was the starting pitcher for the Eagles, but he gave up six runs on four walks and a hit and did not retire a batter.

The Mustangs made the 6-0 first inning lead stand the rest of the way.

The Eagles only had three hits in the game – one each by Nitka, Watkins and Colton Bryant. Nitka and Jordan each had doubles with Nitka driving in a run with his two-bagger.

In the tournament’s second game on Thursday, Waurika took the lead for good with five runs in the fourth inning.

Waurika had the lead in the second inning when Wesberry picked up a run-scoring double.

The Blue Devils seized the lead in the top of the third inning, but the Eagles came back in the bottom of the third to take the lead in the game for good.

Senior Baseball Players were recognized at Monday’s Baseball Game.
Seniors pictured with their parents and/or those special in their lives (l-r) Chad Black, Gatlin Black, Miranda Black, 
Zachary Brown, Michelle Salazar, Colton Bryant, Heather Bryant, 
Bobby Dyer, Austin Dyer, Lisa Dyer, Megan Allen, Gavin Fitzgerald, Coach Joe Allen, Aaron Nitka, and Sloan Roberson
Photo by Curtis Plant

One of the big hits in the inning was Bowden Forsyth’s run-scoring single.

Watkins also doubled to score two runs and a Ringling error produced another run to put Waurika on top, 6-3, after four innings.

The Eagles continued to pad the lead and held off the Blue Devils the rest of the way.

Zac Brown, Forsyth and Watkins each had two hits for the Eagles. Watkins finished 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in. Dyer, Fletcher, Wesberry and Forsyth all had doubles in the game.

The Eagles helped produce the 10 runs on the base paths as they stole 10 bases during the game.

Nitka picked up the win on the mound despite giving up six runs of which only two were earned. Nitka struck out nine Blue Devils in four innings of work. Fletcher pitched three innings in relief and recorded the save.

SEASON ENDING NOTES: The 16 wins by Waurika in 2019 is the most by a Eagle baseball squad since the 2012 season when Waurika finished with an 18-7 mark….The 16 wins by coach Joe Allen’s squad is also tied for the eighth most wins since baseball returned to the high school sports menu in 1987 (with four seasons missing final records)….The district tourney runner up finish was the best performance in a district tourney since 2012 when the Eagles last won a district championship in baseball….The 16 wins is the fourth best by a first year coach since 1987.

Waurika FCCLA Annual Banquet. Last one for Seniors

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Waurika FFCLA Seniors (l-r) Hayden Brown, Olivia Ralls, Katelyn Washburn, Riley Cronin, Garrett Dodson, and not pictured is Destiny Barnes. Photo by Adam Brinson

Waurika recently held their annual FCCLA Banquet at the Waurika High School. The seniors were recognized. It was a bittersweet moment as this will be the last banquet for them.

Below are pictures from the event:

Waurika FFCLA Seniors (l-r) Hayden Brown, Olivia Ralls, Katelyn Washburn, Riley Cronin, Garrett Dodson, and not pictured is Destiny Barnes. Photo by Adam Brinson
FCCLA (l-r) Kaytlyn Williams, Karlee Brinson, Trinity Barnes, Brooklyn Barnes, Mallory Adkins, and Mrs. Bruner.
Photo by Adam Brinson
Photo by Adam Brinson

Strother Ironman Welding Contest

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Kolby Goff and Isaac Gholson competed in a welding contest last Friday. They placed 3rd , there were 40 teams competing.

Waurika FCCLA Attends Convention

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 Nineteen members of Waurika FCCLA have returned from their Oklahoma State FCCLA Convention held in Oklahoma City on April 4. The convention, held at the Cox Convention Center, followed the theme “Lead Fast, Lead Furious”.  Members were motivated and encouraged as they listened to keynote speaker, Patrick Grady. They also attended break-out workshops designed for leadership development.

Kaytlyn & Mallory

On March 28, Freshmen Kaytlyn Williams and Mallory Adkins competed at the Oklahoma State Competitive Events in Stillwater.  Their Illustrated Talk speech was on the topic of mental health.  The two earned first place both at the district and regional levels in order to compete at State.

Sophomore, Hannah Owens, served as support staff at both events as she completed her duties as 2018-19 South 4 District Vice President of Public Relations.

Hannah

2019 Jeffco Livestock Show Highlight Video

Jeffco Livestock Show Highlight Video

A special thanks to Tyler Plant for producing, filming, and editing this video.

Waurika Senior Night

Waurika honored their seniors at the last home game of the season this past Friday evening. 

Here are their profiles.

 Gatlin Black (Basketball) was escorted by Wilma Rickard. He is the son of Chad and Miranda Black. He has attended Waurika schools his whole life. His school activities included, Football, Basketball, FFA and Student Council.  His fondest memories of his  school days are hanging out with his friends in the parking lot. After he graduated he plans to go to college in Louisiana and get a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Zachary Brown (Basketball & Powerlifting) is the son of Michele Salazar. He has attended Waurika Schools his whole life. His school activities/awards included, baseball, basketball, football, new comer of the year in football, and all conference outfielder in baseball. His fondest memories of his school days would be football season, and the boys winning the prank war, not the girls. After he graduated he plans to play baseball at Murray State or taking over the Richardson Ranch.

Colton Byant (Basketball & Powerlifting) is the son of Michael and Heather Bryant. He has attended Waurika School his whole life. His school activities included, Football for 4 years, Track for 4 years, XC for 3 years, Basketball for 3 years, and Powerlifting for 2 years. His fondest memories of school days are making it to the State Quarterfinals his last year in football and freezing in Mrs. Allen’s classroom. After he graduates he plans to attend college and major in Education and become a coach. 

Austin Dyer (Basketball & Powerlifting) is the son of Bobby and Lisa Dyer. He has attended Waurika Schools for two years. His school activities included, Baseball, Basketball, Football, FFA, and Yearbook. His fondest memories of his school days were freezing in Mrs. Allen’s class everyday. After he graduates he want to become a game warden, and go play baseball somewhere. 

Oliva Ralls (Powerlifting) is the daughter of Danny and Jacinda Ralls. She has attended Waurika Schools for two years. Her school activities included, Track, FCCLA, Powerlifting, Cheer, and Softball. Her fondest memories from her school days were moving here and making memories and friends that could last a lifetime. After she graduates she is going to college at Cameron University to get a degree in Nursing. 

Aaron Nitka ( Basketball) is the son of Daniel and Sloan Roberson, and Michael Nitka. He has attended Waurika schools for eleven years. His school activities/awards included, Baseball, Football, Basketball, Beta, NHS, FFA, All-State eight man Football, Oilfield All Conference Baseball, ad All- District Football. His fondest memories from his school days were stealing the Smart Board Remote from Mr. Brown. After he graduates he plans to be a Physical Assistant. 

Madison Roberson (Basketball) is the daughter of Kasey Elliot, Daniel and Sloan Roberson. She has attended Waurika Schools for four years. Her school activities/Awards included, Southern 8 Conference MVP, Daily Oklahoman honorable mention Allstate, Valedictorian of Class 2019, Scored 1,000 career points as a junior, cross country, student council, NHS, OHS, and gifted and talented. Her fondest memories from her school days included, spending the summer going to camps with the basketball girls, and making Lexie do hilarious things to strangers. After she graduates she plans to become a Radiology Technologist. 

Katelyn Washburn (Basketball) is the daughter of Becky and James Washburn. She has attended Waurika Schools for two years. Her school activities/awards included, basketball, FCCLA, yearbook, and All-American Cheer. Her fondest memories from her school days were when some of us students were having a war on sarin wrapping, and putting stuff on our vehicles, Boys vs. Girls. (Girls won). After she graduates she plans on going to NOC to cheer and get her degree in English. 

Madison Christian (Manager & Powerlifting) is the daughter of James and Amy King. She has attended Waurika Schools for five years. Her school activities/awards included Powerlifting, softball, cheer, track, and All-American Cheer. Her fondest memories from school days were having Melissa come to school here and having all the friends that I have. After she Graduates she plans on going to the National Guard.

Senior Profile: Katelyn Washburn

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1. How do you feel about your last year? I am super excited to get to move on to bigger things in my life. Although, I am sad that I won’t get to stay a kid with little responsibilities anymore, I am excited.

2. Sum up your school experiences? I enjoyed school, it taught me more than what I thought it could have, and prepared me for a great future.

3. Activities/organizations you have participated in? I have cheered all four years, ran track my fresh. and soph. year, cross country my fresh. and soph. year, powerlifting my freshman year, FFA my fresh., soph and junior year, showed a goat my freshman year, yearbook and FCCLA and basketball my senior year.

4. Plans for the future? I plan on attending a college, cheerleading while I’m there and majoring in English.

5. Favorite memory at WHS? After the Empire football game, Colton and Gatlin dumped the water cooler on me while it was freezing cold outside.

6. What teacher class prepared you? Over the years I have enjoyed all of my English classes and all of the teachers that have helped me love English even more than I already did. I can’t wait to become an English teacher myself.

7. Give advice to an underclassman? Remember to have fun while you can, because high school ends in the blink of an eye.

8. Anyone you want to thank? I want to think my mom and dad for pushing me to be the best I could be. I would also like to think the rest of my family and friends.

9. Do you have a fear about leaving? I do not want to grow up and be an adult. I love high school and I’m afraid to move on past it, although I feel it is not as bad as I make it out to be.

10.  Are you going to miss being at WHS?  Yes, even though I moved here my senior year everyone has been so great to me and I gained so many friends and I am sad that I did not get to know them longer.

Waurika Students Place at Speech Contest

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Regena Bradley and Kaytlyn Williams

This article was written by the staff of the Eagle Talk Newspaper:

 On Saturday, November 17, members of the Waurika High School speech team attended the Marlow Speech Tournament.  Of those attending, freshman Kaytlyn Williams and sophomore Regena Bradley both placed in their respective categories.

Williams, a first-time speech participant, competed in the Dramatic Interpretation event and placed third.  Bradley, a second-year speech club member but a first-time competitor, placed 2nd in her event, Original Oratory.  

Both girls will continue to practice their pieces in preparation for regionals, which will take place in the spring.    Other speech members will begin competing again in January when the team travels to their next meet. 

“I could not be more proud of these girls,” speech coach Jessica Cornelison stated.  “We really haven’t had a lot of quality practice-time, and both of these girls worked hard on their own to prepare.  To be first-time competitors and to step out of their comfort zone is a big deal, to begin with, but qualifying for regionals and bringing home trophies just proves how dedicated and talented these students are.”

Senior Profile: Gavin Fitzgerald

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1.  How do you feel about your last year?

Nervous about going to the navy 

2.  Sum up your school experience?

A lot of fun and working

3.  Activities/organizations you have participated in?

Powerlifting, baseball, votech, auto service

4.  Plans for the future?

Navy

5.  Favorite memory at WHS?

Hanging out with his friends Zach and Cameron

6.  What teacher /class prepared you?

Votech

7.  Give advice to underclassman?

Don’t be stupid, study and learn

8.  Anyone you want to thank?

Teachers and family

9.  Do you have a fear about leaving?

Yes definitely

10.  Are you going to miss being at WHS?

Yes

Hurricane Michael School Supply Drive

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This year’s student council is putting forth an effort to help the victims of the Hurricane Michael in Florida. Any kids or adults can participate in this school supply drive. We are collecting school supplies to help all those who lost everything to get back into learning. Shelly Morgan, a high school graduate from Waurika in 2001, lives in the impacted region in Florida and is helping to organize relief efforts. Her mom Lupe Edwards, an employee at WES, is going to drive all the supplies to Florida during the Thanksgiving break. The supplies that will be taken up there will be pencils, paper, crayons, notebooks, and other school supplies. They will try their best to help these kids back into their routine. The faster they start learning the happier and better they’ll be. Currently, students in the impacted area of Florida are having school in transportable pods to get them back to a classroom setting. Some of the members helping thrive this supply drive are student council members, Gatlin Black a senior, Landry Forsyth a sophomore, and Madison Roberson a senior. They say they are happy to help and want all the support and care for these kids. Anybody who wants to donate to this school supply drive is welcome to do so. See Magen Allen or Jessica Cornelison at Waurika High School. Students were asked to have supplies turned in by November 14th, but donations will be accepted until Friday, November 16th. The student council appreciates everyone who donates.  

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