Awards Given To Ryan Athletes At All-Sports Banquet

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Cowboy and Cowgirl high school athletes were feted Monday night at the annual All-Sports Banquet held at the Ryan High School cafeteria.

 Two senior athletes were named overall outstanding athletes for the school year – Mackenzie Lewis and Dawson Tomberlin.

 These two awards are voted on by each sport’s head coach and are based on athletic and academic achievement in the 2017-18 school year.

 Several awards from each sports were also handed out during the evening.

Boys Basketball Photo By Sheree Hanson

 Tomberlin was selected as the most valuable player for the Cowboy football squad for the past season. He was a valuable asset on both sides of the ball and provided leadership to coach Stan Mueggenborg’s team that finished 6-5 and advanced to the first round of the playoffs.

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 Tomberlin also set a school record for the longest interception return – a 94-yard return against Bray-Doyle.

 Two of Ryan’s top cross country runners were honored during the banquet. Juliet Spangler and Holland Carter were selected as co-most valuable players.

Ryan Girls Track Team Photo By Sheree Hanson

Holland, a junior, set several school marks in various meets during the season and Spangler has been a two-year state qualifier for the Cowgirls in cross country.

 Both runners were instrumental in the Cowgirls’ first meet championship for coach Steve Spangler last fall at the Waurika Invitational.

 Rounding out the awards for the fall sports season came in fast-pitch softball.

Fast Pitch Softball Photo By Sheree Hanson

 The Cowgirls, coached by S. Spangler had their most successful season in school history as they recorded 16 wins on the season.

 For her efforts on the diamond, Emilee Martin was selected as the team’s most valuable player. Abbie Bolin was named the offensive player of the year for the Cowgirls, while Sadie Guzman came away with the defensive player of the year.

 It was a tough season on the hardwood for the Cowboys as they managed only five wins on the season for coach Judd Matthes.

 Skyler Parkhill, a junior for the Cowboys, was honored as the defensive player of the year, while first-year varsity standout Grayson Tomberlin was named the offensive player of the year.

Boys Basketball Photo By Sheree Hanson

 The Cowgirl basketball team showed marked improvement in the 2018 season despite having only seven players most of the year and only one senior on the squad.

The Cowgirls won only eight games, but it was the most wins by a Cowgirl squad since 2014.

Girls Basketball Photo By Sheree Hanson

Lily York was the top scorer on Coach Spangler’s squad and for her performance over the season she was named the most valuable player.

 Also honored for the Cowgirl basketball team were Samantha Good as the offensive player of the year and J. Spangler as the defensive player of the year.

Ryan competed in three spring sports – baseball, slow-pitch softball and girls’ track. All the squads recently completed their seasons.

The slow-pitch team coached by Mueggenborg struggled to get games in because of weather and cancellations and finished with a 4-8 mark.

Slow Pitch Softball Photo By Sheree Hanson

Leading the way was Lewis, who was selected as the most valuable player on the team.

Bolin also snagged the offensive player of the year award for the slow-pitch team. Good was named as the defensive player of the year.

Coach Matthes’ baseball squad also had a tough year finishing with a 4-13 mark.

The offensive player of the year honors when to G. Tomberlin who set the school record for most runs batted in during a game with Grandfield. He was the leading hitter for the team.

Camron Villerreal was tabbed as the defensive player of the year and Trey Bryant was named the most improved player for the Cowboy nine.

Coach Spangler’s girls’ track squad was a small one – only four competitors. However, the Cowgirls had a memorable season setting new school marks in the 1,600-meter relay and the 3,200-meter relay.

Two of the keys to the success of the team – J. Spangler and Carter – were honored at the banquet. J. Spangler was named the most valuable player, while Carter was awarded the teammate of the year award.

Eagle Thinclads Sweep Three Relays to Win Waurika Meet Title

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….Lady Eagles Earn Runner Up Honors Led By Smith’s Performance

Behind three gold medal performances in the relays, the Waurika boys’ track squad claimed the team title in the Waurika Eight-Man Invitational held last Friday at the local track.

 The Eagles rolled up 141 points by taking the title in three of the four relays in the meet. Fox was the runner up with 119 points.

 The Lady Eagles also had an impressive outing as they claimed runner up team honors with 94 points behind team champion Empire’s 134 points.

The 3,200-meter team of Gustavo Gomez, Octavio Gomez, Bryson Hernandez and Colton Bryant may have turned in the most impressive performance. Their time of 9:57.18 in the event was nearly a full minute ahead of second place Fox.

 The 1,600-meter relay team consisting of Turner Mora, Kevin Garcia, Cache Arellano and Bryant also took top honors with a time of 3:52.81 which outdistanced second-place Empire by 18 seconds.

 The 800-meter relay squad also earned top honors but the race was a bit closer as all five teams finished within seven seconds of one another.

 Waurika’s 800-meter relay team of Mora, Bryant, Nicolas Alvardo and Garcia edged out Empire with a time of 1:39.37, while the Bulldogs posted a time of 1:41.25.

 Individually, the Eagles also had some outstanding performances as four different Eagles claimed gold medals in their events.

 In the 3,200 meter run O. Gomez took first place with a time of 12:54.09. His teammate, Hernandez, took the silver medal in the race with a time of 13:17.16.

 The Eagles also racked up the points in the 1,600 meter run by claiming the top three places in the event.

 C. Arellano was the gold medal winner with a time of 5:41.09, while Hernandez finished second with a time of 5:57.40. Garcia earned the bronze medal with a time of 5:59.01.

 Waurika also had multiple placers in the 400 meters. Mora earned first place with a time of 54.0 – his best time of the season. G. Gomez was third in the event with a time of 61.8.

 The final gold-medal performance for the Eagles came in the 800 meter run as G. Gomez recorded a time of 2:28.32.

 Mora also earned a silver medal in the long jump with a leap of 19-2.

 Bryant placed sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5-2.

 Rounding out the scorers for the Eagles was Garcia’s fourth-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 24.19.

 The Lady Eagle thinclads were led by the performance of Asia Smith. She accounted for 36 of the team’s 94 points with two gold medals and two silver medals.

 Smith won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:47.51 and also claimed the gold medal in the high jump with a leap of 4-6.

 In the 3,200 meter run, Smith’s time of 14:02.25 was good for second place. She was also second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:45.32.

 Madison Roberson had an outstanding day in the shot put and discus. Not only did she claim the gold medal in both events, but she also set meet records with her performances.

 Roberson claimed the title in the shot put with a toss of 36-5, while the Lady Eagles’ Landry Forsyth also scored with a sixth place finish.

 In the discus, Roberson recorded a throw of 89-9 and Oliva Ralls also scored in the discus with a sixth place finish.

 The Lady Eagle 800-meter relay team of Kameron Ziecek, Kaci Reynolds, Dallas Fristoe and Sara Ballard earned fourth place with a time of 2:10.87.

 Ballard also earned third place in the 100 meters. Her time of 14.07 was good enough to earn the bronze medal. She also was the runner up in the long jump with a leap of 14-4.

 In the high jump, the Lady Eagles had two other placers behind Smith’s winning performance. Ballard Lexie Streeter finished second in the event with a leap of 4-4 and Ballard was fourth with a leap of 4-2.

 Ziecek also placed in two events. She was fifth in the 400 meters with a 76.93 clocking and sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 31.31.

 The boys’ and girls’ junior high squads also competed in the meet. The Lady Eagles finished tied for second in the meet with 98 points, just behind team champion Bray-Doyle’s 102 points.

 The Eagles finished tied with Alex for fourth place with 36 points. Fox won the junior high boys’ title with 134 points.

 Tallen Mora and Liberti Simmons led the way for the Lady Eagles.

 Mora won gold medals in the 400 meters and the long jump, while Simmons finished with a gold medal in the 110 meter hurdles.

 Simmons also had silver-medal performances in the 300 meter hurdles and the high jump and finished fifth in the long jump.

 Mora was a silver medal winner in the 100 meters and a bronze medalist in the 200 meters.

 Alana Lewis won silver medals in the shot put and discus, while Riley Howell took a bronze medal in the shot put.

 Other placers for the Lady Eagles in the junior high division were: Bailey Romero, fourth in the 200 meters and the long jump and Mackenzie Horton fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put.

 The junior high boys were led by Trent Arellano. He earned three silver medals and one bronze medal in the meet.

 T. Arellano was second in the long jump, 400 meters and 200 meters and finished third in the 100 meters. He was the only medal winner for the Eagles.

 Other placers for the junior boys included Nicolas Wilson, who finished fourth in the 200 meters and J.J. Crank, who was sixth in the same event.

 Last Thursday, the high school squads also competed in the annual Gary Readnour Memorial Invitational at Wynnewood.

 The relay squads led the way in this meet, too, but the competition was a bit tougher.

 The 800-meter relay squad of Mora, Garcia, Bryant and Alvarado finished second with a time of 1:38.88. The time is a season-best in the event.

 In the 1,600-meter relay, the Eagles also earned the silver medal as Mora, Bryant, Garcia and Alvarado turned in a time of 3:49.56, which is also the best time recorded by the Eagles in the event this season.

The 3,200-meter relay squad of Bryant, C. Arellano, Mora and O. Gomez was able to earn the bronze medal with a time of 9:45.87. This was also the squad’s best time of the season.

 Mora finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19-5.

 Other placers in the meet for Waurika were Bryant in the high jump with a leap of 5-4 and Hernandez in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 12:14.27.

 For the Lady Eagle thinclads, Roberson continued her impressive season in the shot put and discus. She earned the gold medal in the shot put with a toss of 36-10. Her throw of 89-10 in the discus was good enough for fourth place.

 Roberson’s performance recorded in the meet in the shot put is among the top marks in Class A this season.

 Streeter, Smith and Ballard all placed in the high jump for the Lady Eagles.

 Streeter earned the silver medal with a leap of 4-6, while Smith was fifth and Ballard was sixth in the event.

 Smith also placed in the 400 meters and the 1,600 meters. She earned the silver medal in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:34.21. Her time of 70.18 in the 400 meters was good enough for sixth place.

 

Ballard also placed in the long jump. Her best performance of the day of 14-0.5 placed her fifth among the competitors in the meet.

 The 800-meter relay team of Reynolds, Fristoe, Ballard and Zeicek finished third with a time of 2:12.

 Reynolds, Streeter, Smth and Fristoe comprised the 3,200-meter squad that also finished third with a time of 12:36.55.

 No team scores were kept at the Wynnewood meet.

 Waurika’s next action on the track will be Saturday (weather permitting) as they host the annual Red River Invitational which will feature teams from Classes A to 3A. Events will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Eagle Thinclads Earn 10th Place Finish at State Meet

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….Roberson, Smith Place in State Meet for Lady Eagles

Spurred on by the 1,600-meter relay squad, the Waurika boys track squad finished in a tied for tenth place in the Class A State Track Meet last weekend at Western Heights High School.

 It was an exciting finish to the 1,600-meter relay as Waurika was the runner up to Thomas in the event and they were separated by less than one second.

 The team which won the regional title the week prior finished with a time of 3:32.42 – just behind the winning time of 3:31.78.

 This earned the Eagles 16 points and put them in a tie with Lomega and Woodland in the Class A team standings. Thomas won the state title with 77 points.

 The 1,600-meter relay team for the Eagles consisted of Seth Cathey, Turner Mora, Colton Bryant and Cache Arellano.

 Waurika was the defending champion in this event having won the 1,600-meter relay in 2017.

 For the rest of the Eagle participants at the state meet, the competition was fierce.

 Two other relay teams – the 800 meter and 3,200 meter competed but did not place.

 The 3,200-meter relay team of Arellano, Octavio Gomez, Bryson Hernandez and Bryant competed last Friday and turned in a time of 9:22.06, which was the third best time posted this season in the event by the Eagles.

 The 800-meter relay team competed in the preliminaries on Friday, but failed to qualify turning in the 10th best time. Turner Mora, Bryant, Nick Alvarado and Garcia posted a time of 1:36.71. The time was just three-tenths of a second away from placing sixth in the event.

 Mora also competed in the 400 meters and the long jump. Mora’s performance on Friday in the preliminaries of the 400 meters was short of qualifying for the finals.

 Teammate Seth Cathey posted the ninth best time in the 400 meters – just missing the mark needed for qualify for the finals.

 Mora also competed in the long jump, but his mark of 18-0.25 was well behind the rest of the 16-member field.

 Madison Roberson and Asia Smith led the way for the Lady Eagles at the state meet.

 Waurika finished with 10 points in the state meet and tied with Central High for 18th place. Boise City won the state title with 72 points.

 Roberson capped an outstanding junior year with a third place finish in the shot put. Her throw of 35-1 was just five inches short of second place.

Madison Roberson

 In the discus, Roberson failed to place for the Lady Eagles. Her best toss on the day was 83-10.

 Smith managed to place in both the events in which she competed.

 In the 1,600 meters, Smith posted a time of 5:39.98, which was significantly below her previous best for 2018. The Waurika freshman was fifth in the event.

Asia Smith

 Smith also finished fifth in the 3,200 meters. Her time of 12:37.07 was also a big improvement over the season’s best time for her.

 Lexie Streeter also competed for the Lady Eagles in the 3,200 meters, but her time of 13:32.33 was well behind the time needed to place in the event.

 Sara Ballard also competed for the Lady Eagles at the state meet in the long jump. Her best leap of 14-10.5 was the 11th best among the 16 competitors in the field.

 The 3,200-meter relay team of Smith, Streeter, Dallas Fristoe and Kaci Reynolds posted a time of 11:30.28 but finished with the 12th best time and did not place. All four members of this team are freshmen.

All the competitors for the Lady Eagles at the state meet should return for the 2019 season.

Various Factors Hamper The Start of Spring Sports for Cowboys, Eagles

Scouting the Jefferson County sports scene while wondering if March Madness is really about tracking spring sports or about NCAA basketball!

Between weather, playing conditions and a bevy of extra-curricular activities that keep students busy in the spring, some spring sports have had trouble getting under way.

Such is the case for slow-pitch softball and baseball at Ryan High School.

The Cowboy nine was scheduled to take the field for the season-opener last Thursday, but playing conditions on Larry Ninman Field were not up to par after recent rains and the game with Temple was postponed.

The Cowboys were scheduled to begin the season at Turner today with the first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Now the home opener is slated for Monday as the Cowboys will play host to Comanche and will wrap up the pre-spring break part of the schedule next Tuesday by traveling to Grandfield.

For the Cowgirl slow-pitch softball team, the season was scheduled to begin last Monday against Lawton Christian, but because a number of the players were attending the State Beta Club convention in Oklahoma City, the game was canceled.

The Cowgirls were to open the season last Tuesday by hosting Grandfield in a Southern Eight conference clash and those results will appear in next week’s paper.

The first road game for the Cowgirls will be next Tuesday when they will travel to Temple. The softballers will wrap up the pre-spring break part of their schedule on March 15 when they will host Big Pasture.

Waurika was able to get its baseball season started but had its first two contests rained out.

The Eagles opened the season with a 16-8 loss to Frederick on the Bombers’ home diamond and then had another game postponed before dropping a twinbill at Central High, 16-4 and 7-6.

Waurika faced Empire Monday in its home opener for the 2018 season, but dropped a 5-1 decision to the Bulldogs.

The Eagle nine was to have begun play today in the Southwest Donkey Invitational at Bray-Doyle. Waurika was to have met Wynnewood in the first round.

The tournament forced a postponement of Friday’s scheduled contest between Ryan and Waurika that was on tap to be played at Ryan.

The Eagles will return to the diamond on Monday at Dickson and then return home to face Grandfield one week from today before taking time off for spring break.

As always check social media or with your local school to stay up with any last-minute changes in the schedule for baseball, slow-pitch softball, track and golf at the two Jefferson County schools.

Jim Thorpe Award February 8, 2018

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(l-r) Jon Waid, Minkah Fitzpatrick (this year’s Jim Thorpe award winner), and Richard Thorpe – son of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe.

Jon Waid and Richard Thorpe attend this year’s Jim Thorpe award ceremony in Oklahoma City Tuesday evening.

Photo by Curtis L. Plant

 Oklahoma City – Richard Thorpe, Jon Waid, Curtis and Kimberly Plant traveled to Oklahoma City to take part of the annual Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Ceremony.

Before the ceremony began, Jon Waid had a chance to visit with this year’s winner Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive back for the Univeristy of Alabama.

During their visit Fitzpatrick expressed that he was glad he didn’t have to face Oklahoma University’s potent offense in the title game.

During the ceremony, Oklahoma’s All State team was recognized by the Daily Oklahoman.

(l-r) Bill Thorpe, Gov. George Nigh, Richard Thorpe

Former Governor George Nigh recognized Richard Thorpe, of Waurika and his brother and thanked them for keeping the memory of their father alive.

 

Abe Lemons, a respected coach who was born in Ryan, Oklahoma was mentioned during the ceremony.

The Jim Thorpe Award has been given to outstanding defensive backs since 1986.

Waurika Wins Fourth Game of the Season

Waurika played host to Grandfield last Thursday evening and came away with their fourth victory of the season.

Pitcher Seth Waid led the Eagles out on the field to begin the opening inning. Seth had a great start by striking the first batter out.

Seth Waid

Grandfield would eventually score three runs before reaching their third out.

Jordan Watkins was the first to make it to base for the Eagles. Watkins scored soon thereafter by stealing home from third.

Jordan Watkins
Jordan Watkins sliding home.

Colton Bryant (the base stealer) was the designator runner for Gatlin Black. Bryant stole second and third and then made it to home.

Colton Bryant stealing third.
Colton Bryant crossing home plate.

Bryson Hernandez scored as well and that ended the first inning tying the score 3-3.

Waurika held up defensively early. Seth stopped a grounded hit and pitched it to Michael Bryant getting the runner out at first.

Seth struck another batter out.

Grandfield finally got a runner across home plate. It was their only score of the second inning.

Michael Bryant caught a pop fly putting the Eagles back up to bat.

Hunter Wesberry was the first up to bat for the Eagles at the bottom of the second. Hunter was hit by the pitch and went to first and stole second. He would eventually score.

Hunter Wesberry

Zac Brown was the next Eagle to score.

Gatlin Black had a base hit. Colton Bryant came in again as his designated runner.

Waurika struck out before another score, but Waurika was not in the lead 5-4.

Grandfield scored twice early in the top of the third. It would be the last time they would do so.

However, the Eagles were able to make a triple play later in the inning. Great ball handling forced runners out at third and first.

Gatlin had said he was “just going to get a base hit” while he was in the dugout. He did that more than once.

At the bottom of the third Michael Bryant was the first up to bat. Austin Dyer batted second.

Kevin Garcia was the last up at bat. Waurika had failed to score so they trailed 5-6.

Once again, Michael Bryant caught a pop fly that resulted in Grandfield’s first out of the fourth inning.  He would do that again later in the inning to give Grandfield their third out.

Michael Bryant

Hunter Wesberry was the first to bat for Waurika at the bottom of the fourth.

As hard as they tried, the Eagles still failed to score before their third out.

Austin Dyer went to the pitcher’s mound at the top of the fifth inning. Austin dispensed of batters rather quickly throwing strikes with quite a bit of heat.

Austin Dyer

The fifth inning was the turning point for Waurika.

Gatlin Black was the first up to bat and landed the ball just inside the left field wall. That put Black on second base. Colton Bryant came in as his designated runner again.  Colton would steal bases and tie up the game with his score.

Hunter Wesberry went to bat with the bases loaded. He was able to RBI Bryson Hernandez. That score put Waurika ahead. That would be the last time Waurika would score.

Neither team scored again and the game ended with Waurika winning with the score 7-6.

The beautiful evening sky over the Waurika Ball Game.

Cowgirl Softball Squad Picks Up Pair of Victories

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It has been a busy few days for the Ryan Cowgirl slow-pitch softball squad after the team has struggled to get on the diamond because of weather and cancellations.

 The Cowgirls went 2-3 in the stretch of games with two wins over Big Pasture and losses to Thackerville, Geronimo and Grandfield.

 In the first game with Big Pasture, the Cowgirls captured a 4-0 victory over the Lady Rangers.

 Two singles by Justyce Keith and Brooklyn Charmasson helped the Cowgirls score two runs in the top of the second.

 Cassy Charmasson reached base in the top of the third and came around to score after a base hit by Samantha Good gave the Cowgirls a 3-0 advantage.

 In the top of the fourth, the Cowgirls added to the lead as Randi Linton and came around to score to put the Cowgirls up, 4-0.

 B. Charmasson picked up the shut out win for the Cowgirls and survived seven stranded base runners by the Lady Rangers.

 Later the same day the Cowgirls dropped a 14-2 decision to Thackerville as the Lady Wildcats scored five runs in the first inning and six more in the second inning.

 Thackerville added to the lead in the top of the third with three more runs for a 14-0 lead.

 The Cowgirls were able to scratch for two runs in the bottom of the third, but the game ended on the run-rule.

 Sadie Guzman led off the bottom of the third with a walk and scored, while C. Charmasson also walked and scored. The Cowgirls threatened for more runs to try to keep the game alive, but left the bases loaded.

 The Cowgirls took on Geronimo and Big Pasture a week ago Tuesday split the two contests.

 Geronimo blasted the Cowgirls for six runs in the first inning and coasted to an 11-1 victory over Ryan in just four innings.

 Keith accounted for the Cowgirls’ lone run in the game.

 The Cowgirls rebounded from the loss to pick up a 6-3 victory over Big Pasture.

 The Lady Rangers took a 1-0 lead after one inning, but the Cowgirls picked up three tallies in the top of the third to take the lead.

 Madison Rhodes, Kenzie Lewis and Linton all reached base for the Cowgirls and scored. The Cowgirls also stranded two runs in the inning.

 The Cowgirls added to the lead in the top of the sixth as Lewis, Good and Guzman each circled the bases for Ryan giving the Cowgirls a 6-1 lead.

 Big Pasture managed two runs in the bottom of the inning as seven batters came to the plate, but the Cowgirls ended the rally.

 Last Thursday the Cowgirls got into a slugfest with Grandfield and dropped a 21-10 decision.

 Ryan jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Lewis and Linton reached base and scored. Abbie Bolin added a basehit, but the Cowgirls could not do any more damage.

 Grandfield answered in the bottom of the inning as the first four batters came around to score and the Lady Bearcats added another run for a 5-0 lead after the first inning.

 The Cowgirls actually regained the lead in the top of the second inning as they exploded for eight runs.

 Eleven Cowgirls came to the plate in the inning and the first eight batters scored. Keith, C. Charmasson, Rhodes, Savannah Lashley, Keith, Linton, Good and Guzman all scored in the inning to give Ryan a 10-5 lead.

 The Bearcats responded, however, with 12 runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 17-10 lead.

 The Cowgirls could get nothing started in the third inning, while the Lady Bearcats added four more runs for a 21-10 lead heading to the top of the fourth inning.

 The Cowgirls tried to extend the game, but left the bases loaded and the game ended on the run rule.

 Ryan is now 2-4 on the year heading into competition at the Fletcher Tournament that begins play today (Thursday).

 The Cowgirls were to have met Verden in the first game.

 The host school, Verden, Chickasha, Big Pasture and Empire are among some of the teams in the tourney.

Waurika Gets Track Season Started at Velma-Alma Meet

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It has been a slow start to the track season for coach Joe Masoner and the Eagle and Lady Eagle thinclads.

Waurika competed in the Velma-Alma Invitational on March 8 and the Lady Eagles were able to tie for fourth place in the meet that was won by the host school.

Waurika finished in a tie with Maysville and each school had 42 points in the meet.

The Waurika boys did not score at the meet.

Lexie Streeter and Asia Smith each picked up gold medals for the Lady Eagles.

Streeter topped the field in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13:50.68.

In the 800 meter run, Smith picked up first place with a time of 2:43.72.

The 3,200-meter relay team for the Lady Eagles finished in fourth place in the race. The squad posted a time of 11:59.78. The Lady Eagles did not place in this event in any meet last season.

The 1,600-meter relay team for the Lady Eagles finished in sixth place with a time of 5:17.85. In 2017, the Lady Eagles did not place in this event.

Rounding out the placers for the Lady Eagles was a silver medal performance by Madison Roberson in the shot put. Her best toss was measured at 32-10.

Waurika will be back in action on the track on Tuesday when they travel to Alex for competition with other eight-man football schools.

The Waurika thinclads will return to Alex on April 5 for the Alex Invitational which will feature schools of various size.

Ryan’s Martin, Three Eagles To Participate In All-Star Grid Game

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Four Ryan and Waurika seniors will see the gridiron one more time as they have been selected to play in the Southwest Senior Bowl football game.

The contest will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cache High School’s Ulrich Stadium.

Joseph Martin of Ryan and Seth Cathey, Devin Dobbs and Scott Showalter of Waurika will play for the West All-Stars in the game.

Cathey was also slated to play in the Senior Basketball Classic at Cache High School last Tuesday for the Middle West team.

The West football squad features players from Altus, Cache, Cyril, Frederick, Hobart, Hollis, Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton High School and Mountain View-Gotebo.

Martin, who was a defensive stalwart for the Cowboys last football season, was the team’s leading tackler. He was also the District B-4 Utility Player of Year. When the Coach Stan Mueggenborg’s Cowboys needed a big stop on defense, Martin was usually found in the middle of things.

Martin also contributed to the Cowboys’ 6-5 season with 174 yards rushing on just 27 attempts and caught 15 passes for 171 yards.

Cathey, who will also represent Waurika in the Eight-Man All-Star game in June, was the district’s player of the year on defense. He was second on the squad in tackles with 104, but also had 30 catches from the tight end position for 555 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He also contributed to the Eagles’ rushing attack with 286 yards on 50 carries and five touchdowns for Waurika that made their second straight playoff appearance.

Dobbs and Showalter were both picks on the second team for District B-4. Dobbs was a reserve running back for Coach Glenn Howard’s squad. He saw most of his action on the defensive side of the ball with 65 total tackles, including four tackles for losses.

Showalter contributed 52 tackles for the Eagles on defense and also had 156 yards rushing on just 27 attempts. He also added 10 receptions for 284 yards and five scores.

 The West All-Stars will be coached by Cache’s Les Abbott and the Cache football staff.

Cowgirl Softballers Struggle to Find Opponents

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Ryan’s slow-pitch softball team has faced a couple of hurdles in getting the 2018 season into full swing.

The Cowgirls of coach Stan Mueggenborg have inherited quite a bit of extra practice time from having scheduled opponents back out of games because they did not have enough players.

The Cowgirls are slated to get back in action Monday with a game against Comanche on Larry Ninman Field at the Bob Givens Sports Complex.

Ryan’s first game was cancelled because of previously schedule school conflicts.

And, Temple and Big Pasture, who were both on the Cowgirl slate for last week, do not have enough players to field a slow-pitch softball team.

That means the Cowgirls have only played one game – an 11-10 loss to Grandfield.

In addition to the contest with Comanche, the Cowgirls are scheduled to take on Geronimo at home one week from today.

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