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Ryan Girls Cagers Garner More Honors


 Post season awards continue to come in for three Ryan girls’ basketballers.

 Juliet Spangler, Samantha Good and Lily York – members of this past season’s Ryan Cowgirl basketball team that went 14-10 on the year – were honored by The Sunday Oklahoman newspaper.

The paper handed out its annual all-state and Super 5 girls’ basketball players in Oklahoma last Sunday.

The three Ryan standouts were all named on the honorable mention list of the Class A Super 5 team.

Spangler, Good and York were part of 32 girls selected to receive honorable mention status from all Class A high schools around the state.

Good – the team’s leading scorer this past season – finished with a scoring average of 14.7 and she was 16th in the state among the leading scorers in Class A for the 2020 season.

Samantha Good and her family Photo by Sheree Hanson

Right behind Good in the scoring list was Spangler who finished 17th in the state among Class A scorers with her 14.2 average.

York, who averaged 13.7 points a game, came in at 19th among the Class A girls in scoring average.

Lily York and her family. Photo by Sheree Hanson

The only school across the state to have more players make honorable mention Super 5 in Class A was Glencoe. Ryan joined Canute and Ripley that had three players on the list.

The Super 5 honorable mention selections were from all freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in Class A.

On Monday, the three girls were also honored by the Oklahoma Girls High School Coaches Association.

York, Spangler and Good were selected to the All-District Team for the Small West. The girls were named to the squad from all over western Oklahoma’s smaller schools.

The three girls, who have all committed to play at the next level, were among 31 senior girls selected to the team from the western side of the state.

Juliet Spangler and her family. Photo by Sheree Hanson

Senior Cowboy, Cowgirl Athletes Had Major Contributions


With the cancelation of graduation and other activities related to the 2020 senior class – including the all-sports banquet – it would be appropriate to recognize the accomplishments of the senior athletes at Ryan High School.

There were five seniors on the Cowboy football team last fall. While the team dropped to a disappointing 4-6 record in 2019, these seniors during their careers had two winning seasons and made playoff appearances as juniors and seniors.

Andrew Villerreal had an outstanding senior season as a running back on offense and a stellar defensive performer as well as the kickoff specialist for the Cowboys. For his accomplishments he was named to the District B-4 all-district first team.

Villerreal was a two-year starter for the Cowboys and moved to the running back position his senior season after leading the team in receptions as a tight end in the 2018 campaign. In the 2018 season Villerreal was a second team utility player on the District B-4 all-district squad.

Gunner Phillips and Walter Snider were both starters on the 2019 squad and Jonathan Clark and Parker Carey also contributed to the team in a reserve role as injuries hit the team during the season.

Three senior athletes led the Cowgirl cross country squad to an outstanding season. Juliet Spangler and Lily York – both four-year participants in the program – and Gracie Stamper, a newcomer during her senior year – helped the cross country team to a Class 2A regional title. The Cowgirls also won five other meets during the season.

Spangler and York were selected to the Class 2A All-Star Cross Country team and were instrumental in the program’s success the past four years.

Spangler was an individual state qualifier her freshman season and was part of the Cowgirl teams that qualified for state in her final three years of high school. Spangler had four top-ten finishes in meets during her senior season.

York battled some injuries during her senior campaign, but she was consistently among the top two to five Cowgirls during the season. York managed four top-ten finishes during the year.

Stamper, in her first year of competing in cross country, provided some much needed depth for the Cowgirls during the 2019 season.

Samantha Good and Brooklyn Charmasson finished their senior seasons in fast-pitch softball as all-conference honorees by the Southern Eight Conference. It was the second year in a row for Good to be named to the all-conference squad.

Both Charmasson and Good were three-year starters for the fast-pitch team and in their sophomore season the Cowgirls won what is believed to be a school-record 16 games.

Savannah Lashley and Madisen Rhoades also were members of the 2019 fast-pitch softball team and both were starters during their senior seasons on a team that struggled to a 2-19 record.

Villerreal as the only senior member of the Cowboy basketball team for 2020. He was a starter on a team that went only 6-17, but showed tremendous improvement from the past two seasons. Villerreal was also a starter on the 2019 squad.

Good, Spangler and York were key members of the 2020 Cowgirl cage squad. The three girls all became members of the 1,000-point club for their careers during their senior year and were part of the Cowgirls two straight winning seasons in their junior and season seasons.

All three girls played in the Southern Eight’s annual all-star game held at Ryan and the three girls will be furthering their basketball careers in college next fall.

Bailee Martin was also a senior starter on the Cowgirl team in 2020, while Charmasson saw considerable playing time off the bench as the Cowgirls had only seven or eight players much of the season.

Of course the spring sports seasons for the Ryan seniors were cut short by the nation-wide pandemic and the closure of schools across the state of Oklahoma after spring break.

The slow-pitch softball team managed to get in four games before the season ended. Good, Rhoades, Charmasson, Lashley and Stamper were members of the team that went winless at the beginning of the season.

The Cowgirl track squad made only one appearance before the cancellation of the season, but it was a good one. The Cowgirls won the Maysville Warrior Invitational and York and Spangler – the only two senior members of the team – played a significant role in the meet title for the Cowgirls.

York was a member of the 400-meter relay team that finished fourth and she was also part of the meet champion 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams. In the 800 meters, York earned a silver medal.

Spangler was also part of the two gold-medal winning 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams. She also captured a gold medal in the 1,600 meters and finished second in the 3,200 meters.

Both girls have been key components to the Cowgirl track program in the past four years. York was part of the regional runner up 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams in her junior season and was part of the 3,200-meter relay team that finished second in her sophomore year. In her freshman season York was part of the 1,600-meter relay team that finished as a regional runner up.

In additional to joining York on the relay teams at the regionals during her career, Spangler also finished second in the 3,200 meters and third in the 1,600 meters at regionals during her junior season. As a freshman, Spangler recorded a regional runner up finish in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

There were no senior male athletes that competed in track for the Cowboys in 2020 and Ryan failed to have enough players to field a baseball team during the 2020 season.

All of these seniors are to be commended for outstanding careers and contributions to the Ryan High School athletic program in their senior year and beyond.

Waurika Sports Accomplishments in 2019-2020 Noted


The story of high school sports at Waurika High School for the 2019-2020 school year will be forever incomplete.

The nationwide pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus forced schools across Oklahoma to close thus ending the spring sports at Waurika.

Despite the disappointing ending to the sports slate for the Eagles and Lady Eagles, the year produced some memorable moments and the accomplishments of the teams for the school year should be noted.

 The Lady Eagles’ fast-pitch softball team under the direction of first-year coach Everette Hodges was the first team to complete its season.

The Lady Eagles finished a disappointing 5-16 season and while the wins were few the team won more games than the previous two seasons combined.

The Lady Eagles softball squad did not have a senior on the team and the future looks bright.

Hope Cummings, Liberti Simmons and Landry Forsyth were Southern Eight Conference honorees.

The cross country season was a successful one for Waurika.

The Eagle squad finished ninth in the regional cross country meet and had two other top-five finishes in meets earlier in the year including the team title at the Healdton Invitational.

Kevin Garcia was the top runner for the Eagle harriers that were coached by Joe Masoner.

The Lady Eagle runners turned in an outstanding season. The squad finished fifth in the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet and were third in the regional meet hosted by Waurika.

The Lady Eagles had six other top-five finishes in meets at Duncan, Cameron University, Walters, Velma-Alma, Oklahoma Baptist University and Healdton.

Lexie Streeter and Tallin Mora were the top competitors for Coach Masoner’s squad and Asia Smith joined the squad late in the year and was the top Waurika runner at the regional and state meets.

Waurika’s football squad enjoyed a second straight outstanding season last fall.

Second-year coach Joe Allen led the Eagles to a 10-2 record and a second straight district title and fifth straight playoff appearance – the second longest streak in school history.

The Eagles ended the season with a tough 38-14 loss to Pioneer-Pleasant Vale in the second round of the Class B playoffs.

Waurika had advanced to the second round with a resounding 54-6 victory over Cyril in a contest that ended at halftime.

Only seven teams in school history have posted a better record than the 2019 squad.

Turner Mora was named the District B-4 player of the year and Jordan Watkins earned the defensive lineman of the year honors. Gabe Jenkins was named the district’s newcomer of the year.

Kevin Garcia, Brandon Forsyth, Payton Fletcher and Hunter Wesberry were also honored by being named to the all-district team.

Basketball took the limelight for the winter months with both the Lady Eagles and Eagles finishing the year with winning seasons.

For the Eagles the 13-11 mark was the first winning season since 2020 in coach Garret Bachand’s first year at the helm of the Eagle roundballers.

The Eagles were eliminated in the first round of the district tournament at Alex.

Treyton Torrez, a freshman, was the top scorer for the Eagles on the hardwood and he was named all-conference for both the Southern Eight and Oil Field conferences.

Coach Kalee Baxter led the Lady Eagles to a 15-11 mark in her third season directing Waurika girls’ basketball program.

The Lady Eagles fell in the district finals to Alex, but advanced in the consolation bracket to the regional tournament where they defeated Ringling, but fell to Binger-Oney in the consolation semifinals at Alex.

Asia Smith was named the defensive player of the year for the Southern Eight Conference and she led the Lady Eagles in scoring.

The Lady Eagles had no seniors on the squad and with a lot of experience and talent returning next year the expectations will be high.

The spring sports of baseball, boys and girls track and golf were unable to finish the season.

Coach Joe Allen was in his second year at the helm of the Eagle baseball squad and the team had managed a 2-2 mark in the early part of the scheduled.

The Eagles had games with Geronimo and a doubleheader with Frederick postponed before the season was abruptly halted.

The Eagles had won the first two games of the year and dropped the final two games played and almost half the squad was made up of seniors.

It was believed the Eagles will be in the running for the district title in 2020, but district pairings were still a month away from being announced when the season ended.

The track season had featured only one meet – the Velma-Alma Invitational.

The Eagles of coach Roger Jessie finished eighth in the meet with 34 points, while Coach Joe Masoner’s Lady Eagles also finished eighth with 26 points.

Tallin Mora won the long jump at the V-A meet.

The golf squad of coach Kalee Baxter had not begun competition before the interruption of the season.

High School Sports Cancellations Tough For Teams, Individuals


 With last week’s decision by the state school board to dismiss live instruction at schools across the state came the disappointing news that all high school sports for the remainder of the school year would be canceled.

This meant that promising seasons for Waurika in baseball, boys track and girls track came to a close.

At Ryan it meant the end of the slow-pitch softball season and also track for boys and girls. The Ryan Cowgirls had posted a win in its first meet of the season and the season was shaping up to be a good one with a senior-laden team.

So while the teams were disappointed to not be able to compete the remainder of their scheduled season, it was more of a bitter disappointment for the seniors on those teams as they saw their athletic careers come to a close.

“I hate it for our seniors (the cancellation of the schedule),” said Waurika athletic director Everett Hodges. “A lot of memories are made in their high school careers.”

Ryan athletic director Tony Tomberlin echoed the sentiments of Hodges.

“I feel bad for all the kids playing spring sports, especially the seniors,” Tomberlin noted. “For all of them this would have been their last opportunity, whether they continue to the next level or not, to play high school sports.”

“Unfortunately the seniors this year will miss that chance,” Tomberlin added. “It is something these kids will never get back.”

At both schools there were seniors looking forward to put a crowning achievement on their sports careers.

At Waurika, however, the impact of no spring sports has its effect economically.

Waurika annually will host a number of track meets including two high school meets that attract a number of schools’ participation.

“Track has always been a money making sport for us,” Hodges said. “I hate that we are missing out on that.”

At both schools a small loss of revenue will be incurred as baseball season at Waurika and slow-pitch softball season at Ryan were lost although the admissions to most of those contests will barely cover expenses of hiring umpires and providing equipment.

But, it is also during this time that an opportunity for student-athletes to learn a certain perspective about sports.

Sports, while important and can teach life lessons, are not nearly as important as we sometimes would like to think.

The current athletes at Ryan and Waurika will come to understand that the health and well-being of people is more important than a game.

“Back in World War II seems to be the only time they shut a lot of things down in sports,” Hodges reflected. “That almost seems like those times – times of war.”

The impact of the loss of the games and competition pales in comparison to life and death circumstances which some in our state and nation are facing.

“I think I will really notice the lack of sports as we get into the end of season time frame,” said Tomberlin.

“If it carries on into football season, I really will notice and I think everyone else will as well,” added Tomberlin who will look forward to his third season at the helm of the Cowboy football program.

While the disappointments and void of no high school sports is real, the reality of a bigger life lesson learned during this time stands a bit larger than a game or track meet.

At some point in the future the student-athletes who have been impacted will come to realize that truth.

Cowgirls Split Games; Cowboys Drop Two Games


It has been a busy last few days for the Ryan Cowboy and Cowgirl basketball squads.

After playing in the Healdton Tournament over the weekend, the two squads had regular season games at Bray-Doyle on Monday and Geronimo on Raymon West Court at Ryan on Tuesday.

Ryan continues the busy schedule as the regular season begins to come to a close. The Cowboys and Cowgirls are slated to travel to Turner tonight and will return to action at Grandfield on Monday. Action begins at 6:30 on both nights.

In Tuesday’s contests, Geronimo took a 41-37 decision over the Cowgirls, while the Blue Jays completed the sweep with a 58-42 victory over the Cowboys.

The Cowgirls and Cowboys split the twinbill with Bray-Doyle. The Cowgirls picked up a 55-42 win over the Lady Donkeys, while the Cowboys dropped a tough 45-35 loss to Bray-Doyle.

One of the highlights on Tuesday night was a second Cowgirl was cited for joining the 1,000-point club during this season. Lily York, who reached the mark earlier, was honored after scoring her first points of the night.

The Cowgirls, however, struggled throughout most of the game on Tuesday against the Lady Blue Jays. Geronimo established a 10-5 lead after the first quarter and then found themselves trailing, 23-14, at the intermission.

 In the third quarter, the Cowgirls mounted a rally with a 17-5 run that saw Ryan take the lead at 31-28 after three quarters.

 However, the task of playing five games in six nights caught up with the Cowgirls in the fourth quarter as they could not maintain the lead and Geronimo outscored the Cowgirls, 13-6.

 Samantha Good, the other Cowgirl to reach the 1,000 point plateau, was the top scorer for the Cowgirls with 13 points, while Juliet Spangler added 11 tallies.

 The Cowgirls have now lost six of the last seven meetings with the Lady Blue Jays.

 The Cowboys fell to Geronimo for the sixth time in the past seven meetings and it was their fourth straight loss of this season.

The game was essentially decided in the first quarter as Geronimo used a 17-3 run to build a big lead.

The Cowboys were able to trim the deficit to 26-19 by halftime, but could not continue the rally.

The Blue Jays outscored the Cowboys, 19-11, in the third quarter to lead 45-30 and ensure there would be no come-from-behind success for the Cowboys on this night.

Andrew Villerreal and Landen Alexander each had 10 points for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys struggled at the free throw line as they connected on only 12 of 23 attempts from the charity stripe.

In Monday’s game at Bray-Doyle, the Cowgirls got off to a slow start.

Really it was more like an awful start as the Lady Donkeys built a 17-7 lead early in the game, but the Cowgirls rallied through the next three quarters to secure the win.

Free throw shooting can make a difference in a game as many contests are won and lost at the charity stripe.

One of the reasons for the slow start by the Cowgirls was only 4 of 12 shooting from the free throw line – a 33% mark.

Meanwhile, Bray-Doyle was a perfect six of six at the free throw line and that helped the Lady Donkeys to gain the early lead.

But, one of the key factors in the Cowgirl rally was sharper shooting at the free throw line in the second half as they connected on 13 of 16 free throws.

The Cowgirls actually took a narrow 20-19 lead into the intermission.

A 14-6 run in the third quarter helped the Cowgirls get control of the game as they led, 34-25, heading into the final quarter.

The Cowgirl offense came alive in the fourth quarter with 21 points and while they gave up 17 to the Lady Donkeys, the Cowgirls secured the 13-point win.

Three Cowgirls were in double figures. York was the top scorer for the Cowgirls with 20 points – including six of six free throws in the final quarter.

Good contributed 13 and Spangler added 11 points for the Cowgirls.

 The 55 points against Bray-Doyle by the Cowgirls is the most since the 1992 season and the two teams have split the last six meetings.

There was no come-from-behind story for the Cowboys, however, as Bray-Doyle was able to pick up its first win of the season.

The Donkeys sped to a 19-8 lead after the first quarter and managed to thwart any hope of a Cowboy rally.

Marshall Loveday led the Donkey offensive output in the first quarter with 12 of his game-high 19 points coming in the initial quarter.

The Cowboys cut into the lead before the half with an 11-6 advantage in the second quarter to leave the deficit for the Cowboys at 25-19 at the half.

It was a brutal third quarter that sealed the Cowboys’ fate as they managed only three points in the quarter. The Donkeys were able to extend the lead to 34-22 at the end of the period.

The Cowboys were able to gain a 13-11 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome the Bray-Doyle lead.

Below average free throw shooting helped prevent any hope of a Ryan comeback as the Cowboys connected on only nine of 20 free throws for the game.

Villarreal and Grayson Tomberlin paced the Cowboys in scoring with eight points each.

 The Cowboys have now lost three straight to the Donkeys.

Waurika Girls Snap Three-Game Skid with Win Over Healdton


Tuesday night the Waurika basketball squads traveled to Healdton and came away with a split of the doubleheader.

The Lady Eagles picked up a tense, come-from-behind victory over the Lady Bulldogs, 45-44, while the Eagles fell to Healdton, 63-48.

The Waurika girls snapped a three-game slide with the victory and it also ended Healdton’s four-game winning streak after the Lady Bulldogs had claimed their own tournament title last weekend.

The Lady Eagles actually held a 14-10 advantage after the first quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs pulled even with a 9-5 advantage in the second quarter to put the score at 19-19.

Healdton tried to take charge of the game in the third quarter with a 12-6 scoring advantage that gave the Lady Bulldogs a 31-25 lead going to the final quarter.

In the final quarter the Lady Eagles lit up the scoreboard with 20 points while limiting Healdton to 13.

But the game came down to the final seconds.

Waurika was up four late in the contest and a couple of missed free throws and a Waurika turnover enabled Healdton to tie the game at 44-44.

Faith Roberson came up with a huge steal on an inbound play with two seconds left and she went to the line and connected on the first one and missed the second intentionally with only nine tenths of a second left in the game to give the Lady Eagles the win.

Five different Lady Eagles contributed to the rally in the fourth quarter.

Gracie Walling led the Lady Eagles in scoring with season-high 13 points – six of which came in the final quarter. Tallin Mora added 10 points for coach Kalee Baxter’s club.

In the boys’ contest, Healdton used an 11-0 run to open the game and went on to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter.

The Eagles never really recovered and Healdton continued to build on the big lead with the halftime deficit for Waurika at 32-15.

The Bulldogs continued the scoring barrage to begin the second half and led after the third quarter, 50-26.

The Eagles were able to trim the margin with a 22-13 advantage in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome such a large disadvantage.

Treyton Torrez led the Eagles in scoring with 23 points.

Waurika will travel to Walters tomorrow night (Friday) for a twinbill and then will return to action on Tuesday with home contests against Central High.

Ryan, Waurika Draw Tough District Assignments


There is an old saying that goes something like this: “You have to beat the best to be the best.”

That will certainly be true of the Ryan and Waurika basketball squads if they hope to make a deep run into the Class A basketball playoffs.

Every high school basketball team in Oklahoma gets to begin post-season play – regardless of a team’s regular season record.

District assignments were released last weekend by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association and the tourneys are set to get under way the weekend of February 14 and 15.

Brackets for the tournament are set to be released today after district meetings were held earlier this past week.

The district champion and district runner up will advance to the regional tournament the following week.

Waurika will be traveling to Alex for the Area 3, District A-8 tournament. Joining the Eagles will be the host school and Fox.

The favorite for both the boys’ and girls’ side of the bracket in the district will be Fox. After last weekend’s play, the Fox boys were undefeated at 19-0 and ranked 14th in Class A. The Lady Foxes held a 13-5 mark after last weekend’s action.

The Eagles and Lady Eagles will need a first-round win to guarantee a spot in the Class A Regional Tournament slated to be held at Central High and Alex.

Ryan has been assigned to the Area 3, District A-5 tournament at Cyril. Joining Ryan is the host school and Central High.

Cyril will be the overwhelming favorite in both the boys and girls tournament. The Pirates are the top-ranked squad in Class A through last weekend, while the Lady Pirates are 15-4 and ranked 12th in Class A.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will also need a first-round win in order to extend their seasons by another week and advance to the regional at Central High and Alex.

Looking forward into the regional tourney, the boys’ side features two ranked teams in Cyril and Fox.

The girls’ regional will potentially feature the second-ranked Canute girls and Cyril, which is ranked 12th.

Only five of the 12 boys teams sport winning records, while on the girls’ side of the region eight of the 12 schools have winning marks.

Three schools from each regional will advance to the area tourney which is slated to be held at Chickasha. The regional champion, regional runner up and the regional consolation bracket champion will advance to the area tourney.

Assigned to the Area 3 are three other ranked boys teams – Vici, Arapaho-Butler and Southwest Covenent.

The girls’ side of the area features three more ranked teams – Vici, Arapaho-Butler and Cheyenne. Plus, Fletcher girls who finished third in the Comanche County Tournament last weekend will be among the possibilities for the area tourney.

It is possible that both Ryan and Waurika teams could advance to the regional tourney, but it would take some late-season improvement for the four squads to see success in the regional tourney or advance to the area tournament.

All four teams could use your support in the district tourneys at Cyril and Alex.

Cowgirls Nab Third Place at Bulldog Bash; Cowboys Drop Two


The Ryan Cowgirls’ bid to win a second tournament this season fell just short last weekend as the squad finished third in the 11th annual Bulldog Bash at Healdton.

The Cowgirls defeated Wynnewood, 46-32, last Saturday in the third place game.

The Cowgirls dropped a 47-35 decision to the host school in the semifinal round on Friday.

In Thursday’s first round the Cowgirls dominated Elmore City-Pernell in a 52-30 victory.

All three of the opponents in the tournament for the Cowgirls were from Class 2A.

The Cowboys had a tough weekend as they dropped the first two games in the tournament.

The Fox Foxes handed Ryan a 50-36 defeat in the first round last Thursday and then Ringling pounded the Cowboys in the consolation semifinals, 50-30.

Fox boys and Healdton girls – both Ryan opponents during the tourney – claimed the tournament championship last Saturday night.

Cowgirls 46, Wynnewood 32

The Cowgirls dominated play in the second and third quarters to get the win over the Lady Savages.

The Lady Savages kept it close in the first quarter as Ryan held only an 11-10 lead at end of the quarter.

In the second quarter the Cowgirls went on a 12-4 run to take a 23-14 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter, Juliet Spangler and Samantha Good found the range and the Cowgirls dominated the Lady Savages, 17-5, to hold a commanding 40-19 lead heading to the final quarter.

 The Lady Savages cut the margin in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Cowgirls, 13-6, thanks mainly to the Cowgirls poor free throw shooting. Ryan connected on only four of 10 attempts in the fourth quarter and hit only 13 of 24 in the game.

Good led the Cowgirls in scoring with 21 points and was the only Cowgirl in double figures, but six of the seven players that saw action in the game scored.

Healdton 47, Cowgirls 35

Healdton avenged an earlier loss to the Cowgirls with a strong first-half performance and taking advantage of superior depth to earn a spot in the finals of the tourney.

The Cowgirls fell behind the Lady Bulldogs, 17-9, after the first quarter and could never get on track offensively. Healdton increased the lead to 28-15 at intermission.

In the second half, the Cowgirls could only stay even with the Lady Bulldogs.

The Cowgirls outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 15-13 in the third quarter to trim the advantage to 41-30, but Ryan could only score five points in the fourth quarter – including only one field goal – and could not cut in the deficit.

J. Spangler had 15 points and York added 10 points to pace the Cowgirls in scoring.

The Cowgirls have won only two of 14 meetings with Healdton since the 1993 season.

Cowgirls 52, ECP 30

The Cowgirls used a strong second and fourth quarters to earn the first round victory despite missing a number of shots from point-blank range.

The two squads were tied at eight apiece after one quarter, but Ryan went on a 16-6 run in the second period to take a 24-14 lead at halftime.

The Cowgirls were able to extend the lead after three quarters with a 13-10 advantage giving Ryan a 37-24 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

In the final period the Cowgirls pulled away by outscoring the Lady Badgers, 15-6.

The Cowgirls were impressive on the offensive board with 14 rebounds compared to the Lady Badgers’ two offensive rebounds. Overall, the Cowgirls held a 40-16 advantage on the boards.

On the defensive end, the Cowgirls produced nine steals in the game.

York led the Cowgirls in scoring with 20 points, while J. Spangler added 15 points.

With this win the Cowgirls hold a 3-1 advantage over the Lady Badgers since the 1990 season.

Ringling 50, Cowboys 30

It took the Cowboys three quarters to get on track offensively and by that time the Blue Devils had built a big lead to earn a spot in the consolation finals.

Ringling sped to a 17-6 advantage after the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Cowboys could not find the basket as they scored only three points – all on free throws. In the meantime the Blue Devils were expanded the lead to 26-9 at the half.

The Blue Devils increased the lead to 39-15 after the end of the first quarter.

The Cowboys finally began to put points on the scoreboard in the final frame, but the deficit was too much for Ryan to overcome.

The 15 points scored in the quarter by Ryan was as many as the previous three quarters combined.

Andrew Villerreal topped the Cowboys in scoring with 13 points, but no other Cowboy could hit for double figures.

This was the fifth straight loss to the Blue Devils dating back to 2017.

Fox 50, Cowboys 36

Despite missing a pair of starters the undefeated Foxes rallied for the first round win over the Cowboys.

The Cowboys assisted with the comeback by committing over 20 turnovers in the contest.

The Cowboys jumped out to a 12-4 lead after the first quarter, but Fox found the shooting range in the second quarter and outscored the Cowboys 17-6 to hold a slim 21-18 lead at halftime.

Fox increased the lead in the third quarter with a 10-6 scoring advantage to take a 31-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Foxes pulled away in the final quarter with a 19-12 scoring advantage.

Logan McCurtain hurt the Cowboys with his outstanding outside shooting. McCurtain finished the game as the leading scorer with 19 points and that includes five three-pointers.

Grayson Tomberlin led the Cowboys in scoring with 12 points.

Ryan still holds a 6-2 record against the Foxes with one year’s result unknown dating back to the 1996 season.

Photo By Sheree Hanson

Waurika Wins Consolation Title


 After dropping a first-round game to Davis, the Waurika Eagles came back to win two straight games in two days to claim the consolation title of the 89th annual Stephens County Tournament at Comanche.

Not only did the Eagles win two straight games, but they did it in impressive fashion with a 65-36 win over Bray-Doyle on Friday and a 48-27 victory over Central High last Saturday afternoon.

Waurika’s boys dropped into the consolation bracket after the loss to Davis.

The Lady Eagles also lost their first round game to Marlow and in Friday’s consolation semifinals the Lady Eagles fell to Central High, 40-37.

The Comanche girls claimed their sixth straight county tourney title, while Velma-Alma won its second straight county title on the boys’ side of the tourney.

Eagles 48, Central 27

Central High hung around the Eagles in the first half, but Waurika managed to pull away in the fourth quarter with a 20-point explosion to claim the big win.

The Bronchos actually led after the first quarter, 9-7, but Waurika went on a 10-3 spurt in the second quarter to hold a 17-12 advantage at the half.

Waurika was able to extend the lead in the third quarter by outscoring Central, 11-6, to carry a 28-18 lead into the final quarter.

The Eagles overwhelmed Central in the fourth quarter with the 20-point outburst that was fueled by three treys – one each by Treyton Torrez, Kevin Garcia and Peyton Fletcher – to give the Eagles the 21-point win.

Torrez led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points.

Central 40, Lady Eagles 37

The Lady Eagles and Central High fought to a 7-7 draw after the first quarter, but the Lady Bronchos connected on a pair of treys in the second quarter to outscore Waurika, 13-8, and take a 20-15 lead into the locker room.

Central High was able to add to the lead with a 10-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter to hold a 30-23 lead.

Waurika put on a furious rally in the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Bronchos, 14-10, but could not overtake the Lady Bronchos as Central High was able to connect on five of eight from the charity stripe to help hold off the Lady Eagles.

Tallin Mora led the Eagles in scoring with nine points.

Eagles 65, BD 36

A second quarter scoring barrage by the Eagles scored proved to be the difference in handing the winless Donkeys the loss and earning the berth in the consolation finals.

Waurika held only a 10-7 lead after the first quarter, but when on a 16-5 run in the second quarter giving the Eagles a commanding 26-12 lead at the half.

Coming out of the locker room after intermission the Eagles continued to pound the Donkeys and outscored Bray-Doyle, 20-15, to increase the lead to 46-27.

The Eagles put up 19 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Donkeys to only 10 tallies to record the victory.

Torrez led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points including the only two treys of the game for Waurika. Fletcher added 12 points and Turner Mora added 10 points.

Eight different Eagles contributed on the scoreboard in the contest.

Cowgirls Drop Championship Game to Lone Grove in Wilson Tourney


Playing in their second championship tournament game this season, the Ryan Cowgirls fell to Lone Grove, 58-34, at the Black and Gold Classic last Saturday night at Wilson.

The Cowboys picked up their second win of the season in the tourney, but dropped games to Lone Grove and Pauls Valley Junior Varsity to finish sixth in the tournament.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls close out the first semester part of the season with a road trip to Temple Friday night. Tipoff for the girls’ game will be 6:30 p.m.

The championship game for the Cowgirls was a tough one as Lone Grove rolled to a 28-2 lead before the Cowgirls managed to close out the quarter with four straight points to trail, 28-6.

 The Lady Longhorns never looked back despite the Cowgirls’ attempt to rally.

The Cowgirls cut into the lead in the second quarter by outscoring the Lady Longhorns, 18-9, but still trailed at intermission, 37-24.

The Lady Longhorns ruined any hopes of a dramatic comeback by the Cowgirls with a 17-6 run in the third period to hold an insurmountable lead, 54-30, heading to the final quarter.

It was the hot outside shooting of the Lady Longhorns that propelled them to a big lead. Lone Grove connected on 10 three-point buckets in the contest.

Samantha Good and Lily York each connected for 14 points for the Cowgirls and Juliet Spangler chipped in six points, but they were the only three players to score for the Cowgirls.

In last Friday’s semifinal contest with Healdton the Cowgirls recorded a 39-32 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

The two teams were tied at the end of one period, but the Cowgirls took charge in the second quarter with a 12-2 run and led at the half, 19-9.

The Lady Bulldogs cut into the lead in the third quarter by putting up 16 points and holding Ryan to only 11 points, but the Cowgirls clung to a 30-25 advantage heading to the final frame.

The Cowgirls sealed the game in the fourth quarter by hitting four of five free throws down the stretch to hold off the Lady Bulldogs.

Good finished with 17 points for the Cowgirls which included an 11 of 15 performance from the line. York added 11 tallies.

As a team the Cowgirls finished only 19 of 31 from the charity stripe.

In the first round of the tourney the Cowgirls edged past the host school, 39-30.

The Cowgirls led 9-4 after the first quarter and held a 21-9 advantage at the half thanks to three first-half treys by Good.

In the third quarter the Lady Eagles trimmed the margin to 29-21, but the Cowgirls held off the Lady Eagles in the final quarter to secure the win.

It was a cold shooting night from the field for both teams as Ryan finished only 12 of 55 in the game. Wilson was not much better as they connected on only nine of 36 field goal attempts.

Good finished with 17 points and York added 11 points.

The Cowboys hung tough with Class 3A Lone Grove in the first-round game last Thursday as they trailed by only 10 points with six minutes to play.

However, the Longhorns outscored the Cowboys, 20-6, in the final quarter to pull away for the 55-25 victory.

No Cowboys were able to hit double figures in scoring, but Skyler Wickware paced the Cowboys with eight points in the game.

In the victory over Temple in the consolation semifinals on Friday the Cowboys had to rally from a first-half deficit to secure their second win of the season.

Ryan led the Tigers, 7-5, after one period, but the Tigers dominated play in the second quarter and held a 25-15 advantage at the half.

 The Cowboys buckled down on defense in the second half and the Tigers suffered from poor shooting as they managed only four points in each of the final two periods.

The Cowboys poured in 23 points in the second half to gain the victory.

Landen Alexander led the Cowboys in scoring with 16 points and Julian Rodriguez added 10 points.

Ryan connected on only three of 10 from the free throw line in the victory.

 The Cowboys continued to suffer free-throw shooting woes in Saturday’s consolation finals as they converted only six of 21 attempts from the free throw line in the 53-38 loss.

The Panthers’ JV raced to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter and held off the Cowboys through the remainder of the game.

It was a 28-20 game at the half, but the Panthers outscored the Cowboys in the third quarter, 15-8, to gain a 43-28 advantage and the Cowboys could not pull any closer as both teams recorded 10 points in the final quarter.

Andrew Villerreal was the top scorer for the Cowboys with 16 points and Rodriguez added 10.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: Good was selected to the all-tournament team for her performance in the three games for the Cowgirls….Good averaged 16 points a game for the Cowgirls in the tourney…The Cowgirls avenged last year’s 52-41 defeat by Healdton in the semifinals with the victory last Friday night….This was the first time since 1991 that a Cowgirl basketball team has played in two tournament championship games in a season….Both teams have one more invitational tournament – the Bulldog Bash at Healdton – in January….The Cowboys’ first-year coach, Kenny Barnes, picked up his 200th career win in the win over Thackerville earlier this season…This was the third straight sixth-place finish by the Cowboys in this tournament and the fifth overall appearance for Ryan in this tournament…The Cowboys finished second in 2016 and third in 2014….The runner up finish by the Cowgirls in the tourney is the second time Ryan has dropped the championship game of the Black and Gold Classic….The Cowgirls also played for the tourney title in 2017, but lost to Healdton.