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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ryan Girls, Waurika Boys Take Title at Waurika Meet


 The ninth-ranked Ryan Cowgirl cross country team dominated the small field last Thursday at the Waurika Invitational Cross Country meet.

 In an even smaller field, the Waurika boys took the team title, but were the only school with enough runners to figure into the team scoring.

(l-r) Alicen Williams, Lilybet Harmon, Katelyn Dabbs, Holland Carter, Lily York, Juliet Spangler and Coach Steve Spangler
Photo by Trey Smart

Only 26 runners participated in the high school boys division.

In the girls’ competition, Waurika finished second with 57 points – well behind Ryan’s 28 points. Velma-Alma was third with 58 points and Lone Grove and Davis rounding out the field.

(l-r)Kynlee Waters, Corely Coffin, Skylar Garrett, Trish Julian, Jaci Gholson, Tracey Ballard, Aubree Showalter, Libi Simmons
Photo by Joe Masoner

Both schools were to have participated at Walters on Tuesday. Waurika will travel to Cache Saturday for a meet, while Ryan will be back in action on Tuesday at Velma-Alma.

The Cowgirls were able to capture the title with the top five runners finishing in the top ten of the 46 competitors.

Juliet Spangler was fourth with a time of 13:45, which is her career best over a 3,200-meter course.

Holland Carter was fifth for the Cowgirls with a time of 13:56 and Lilybet Harmon finished sixth with a time of 14:05. Lily York was right behind in eighth place recording a time of 14:18.

Katelyn Dabbs rounded out the team points with a 10th-place finish covering the course in 14:22. Alicen Williams also earned a medal for the Cowgirls with a 23rd-place finish and a time of 16:13.

The second-place Lady Eagles were led by Asia Smith’s second-place finish. She recorded a time of 13:42. Lexie Streeter was seventh with a time of 14:15.

Lexie Streeter and Asia Smith
Photo by Joe Masoner

Three other lady Eagles brought home medals – Tallin Mora in 17th place with a time of 15:35, Dallas Fristoe in 18th place with a time of 15:41 and Faith Roberson in 24th place with a time of 16:41.

Liberty Simmons
Photo by Joe Masoner

Waurika’s boys were equally impressive as they had four runners finish in the top eight among the 26 runners.

Bryson Hernandez led the way for the Eagles with a third-place finish in a time of 19:57 across the five kilometer course. Cache Arellano was fifth with a time of 20:58 and Kevin Garcia managed a sixth-place finish with a time of 21:02. Gustavo Gomez rounded out the top ten finishers for Waurika by finishing eighth with a time of 21:20.

Alex Gomez
Photo by Joe Masoner

Three other Eagles earned medals in the meet – Octavio Gomez (13th, 22:12), Edwin Garcia (15th, 23:18) and Nicolas Alvarado (23rd, 26:46).

Waurika’s junior high girls also won the team title with 48 points – just ahead of Rush Springs who finished with 60 points. Seven teams competed for the team title. Ryan did not have enough girls to figure in the team competition. A total of 67 runners competed in the junior high girls division.

Aubree Showalter
Photo by Joe Masoner

The Ryan junior high boys earned runner up honors in the meet. Geronimo won the title with 47 points, while Ryan finished with 64 points. Bray-Doyle, Healdton and Frederick were the other schools with teams. The field included 48 competitors.

Waurika Junior High Results

Girls: 4. Aubrey Showalter, 10:46; 10. Liberti Simmons, 10:59; 11. Jaci Gholson, 11:09; 15. Kynlee Waters, 11:15; 24. Trish Julian, 11:48; 42. Skylar Garrett, 13:28; 50. Corley Coffin, 14:30; 53. Tracy Ballard, 15:15.

Boys: 12. Treyton Torez, 14:24; 13. Alex Gomez, 14:27; 14. Trent Arellano, 14:32; 32. Malachi Dodson, 17:01.

Trent Arellano (left)
Photo by Joe Masoner

Ryan Junior High Results

Girls: 20. Jasmine Villarreal, 11:34; 21. Whittney Spangler, 11:34.

Boys: 5. Julian Rodriguez, 13:19; 16. Mason Adsit, 14:49; 21. Tommy Self, 15:32; 30. Alex Uribe, 16:43; 34. Landen Alexander, 17:15; 48. Adam Lopez, 20:58.

Cowgirls Set For District Tournament Play

Emilee Martin Photo by Sheree Hanson

 The fast-pitch softball season has not gone quite as expected for Coach Stan Mueggenborg’s Cowgirls.

But, as the Cowgirls get ready to enter district competition every team starts with a 0-0 mark.

The winner of the district tournament will advance to next week’s regional tourney.

This year’s district tournament is today (Thursday) at Thackerville and will include the host school, Turner and Ryan.

Photo by
Sheree Hanson

Ryan, 6-14 on the year not including Tuesday’s scheduled game with Springer heading into the tourney, was slated to take on Thackerville today at 12 noon. The loser of that game was to have played Turner at 1:30 p.m.

The winner of the first game was to have met Turner at 3 p.m.

The tournament is double-elimination with the championship game scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today and an “if necessary” game at 6 p.m.

Sadie playing catcher
Photo by
Sheree Hanson

Only Thackerville comes into the tournament with a winning record at 11-8 not including last Tuesday’s scheduled game.

Here is a look at the results for the Cowgirls last week including three games in the Comanche Tournament the game a week ago Tuesday against Waurika as well as Monday night’s contest.

Ryan 12, Temple 2

On Monday the Cowgirls hosted Temple on Larry Ninman Field and came away with the victory that should give the Cowgirls a bit of momentum heading into today’s district tourney.

Temple got on the board in the top of the first with a single run, but the Cowgirls took the lead in the bottom of the first after two were out.

Brooklyn Charmasson and Sadie Guzman each reached base and came around to score putting the Cowgirls in front, 2-1.

The score stayed that way until the top of the fourth inning when Temple got a run to tie the score at 2-2.

The Cowgirls then exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth to seal the victory.

 Madison Rhoades led off the inning with a walk and scored. The next three Cowgirl batteres reached base to set up Kodi Duke’s grand slam to center field that put the Cowgirls comfortably in front, 7-2.

The Cowgirls scored five more runs and the game ended when Ryan reached the 10-run advantage.

Emilee Martin picked up the win in the circle for the Cowgirls and also had two hits in the game.

Guzman, Martin, Justyce Keith and Laken De Board were honored on Senior Night in their final home game for the Cowgirl fast-pitch squad.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

 Marietta 7, Ryan 0

In the final game of the Comanche Tournament last Saturday the Cowgirls fell to Marietta, 7-0.

Marietta scored one in the first, one in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth to record the victory.

The Cowgirls had a threat in the top of the second inning as Charmasson and Duke reached base, but the Cowgirls could not produce a run.

The Cowgirls only collected one other hit the rest of the game that was ended in the top of the fifth inning.

Wilson 9, Ryan 4

In the second game of the tournament last Thursday, Ryan jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning.

Samantha Good and Charmasson had base hits and came around to score for the Cowgirls.

Wilson tied the game in the bottom of the first inning and then exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning to hold a 9-2 advantage.

In the top of the third, the Cowgirls produced two more runs as Guzman and Martin reached base and scored on Duke’s base hit to cut the lead to 9-4. The Cowgirls left the bases loaded in the inning.

Good led off the top of the fourth inning reaching base on a hit by pitch, but the next three Cowgirls went down in order and the game ended because of the time limit.

Bray-Doyle 5, Ryan 2

In the opening game of the tourney, Ryan held a 1-0 lead after one inning.

The Cowgirls’ Charmasson got a base hit and scored after the Cowgirls got three straight hits. Ryan again left two runners on base.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

Bray-Doyle took the lead in the top of the second with two runs.

The Cowgirls tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when Duke reached base on an infield hit and came around to score.

In the top of the fourth, the Lady Donkeys took the lead for good with two runs. Bray-Doyle added an insurance run in the top of the fifth and the Cowgirls could get nothing going in the final two innings.

Ryan 11, Waurika 0

Spurred by some heavy hitting, the Cowgirls picked up the victory over the Lady Eagles in a game that ended after four innings because of the run rule.

A single by Martin drove in Charmasson, who had reached on a base hit, and moved Guzman to third after Guzman had walked. Guzman scored by stealing home to put the Cowgirls in front, 2-0. Ryan left the bases loaded in the inning.

The Lady Eagles threatened in the bottom of the first as Destiny Barnes and Madison Roberson got two-out base hits, but Ryan got a ground out to end the inning.

Ryan added five runs in the top of the second. After one out, Carter Combs walked and Good followed with a two-run home run to left. Charmasson singled and Guzman slammed a two-run homer to put the Cowgirls in front, 6-0.

Martin followed with a single, Duke singled and Martin scored on an error, but Waurika managed to retire the Cowgirls as they again left the bases loaded with a 7-0 lead.

Again the Lady Eagles got something going in the bottom of the second with a walk and two singles, but Waurika left all three runners stranded.

The Cowgirls put the game out of reach in the top of the third inning with four more tallies. Three straight walks loaded the bases and Duke tripled to right center and then scored when the Lady Eagles made a throwing error getting the ball in from the outfield.

The Lady Eagles got another hit in the bottom of the third, but the Cowgirls got three ground outs to prevent Waurika from scoring.

Emilee Martin
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Avery Howard and Combs picked up base hits in the top of the fourth for the Cowgirls, but Ryan could not get a key hit and ended the inning without scoring.

In the bottom of the fourth, Waurika was retired in order to end the game.

Charmasson and Martin each had two hits and Duke, Charmasson and Guzman each had a pair of runs batted in.

Cowboys Set to Battle Snyder for Season Opener


The 99th season of high school football at Ryan is slated to begin tomorrow night (Friday) when the Snyder Cyclones invade the Bob Givens Sports Complex.

 Kickoff for the season opener for both teams is set for 7:30 p.m.

 This will be the earliest season opener in school history as the contest is part of Zero Week in high school football in Oklahoma.

 Teams can elect to start the season one week early and forego a second scrimmage date. The advantage is teams that play during Zero Week will have a week off during the regular season.

 Snyder ended the Cowboys’ season a year ago at Ryan as the Cyclones took advantage of numerous Ryan turnovers to post a 38-8 victory.

It was the first year returning to the playoffs for Ryan after a two-year absence and the Cowboys of first-year head coach Tony Tomberlin are looking to improve on last season’s 6-5 record.

Tomberlin will be taking over for long-time head coach Stan Mueggenborg after serving as an assistant for the veteran coach the past 12 years.

The outlook for the Cowboys for 2018 is guarded. The coaching staff faces the tall task of replacing six of eight starters on the defensive side of the ball.

 However, quarterback Grayson Tomberlin returns for his sophomore campaign after starting all 11 games a year ago as a freshman.

Joining Tomberlin, last season’s district newcomer of the year, in the backfield will be talented senior and all-district running back Skyler Parkhill.

Both players will give Ryan a solid nucleus from which to build on offense.

Tomberlin finished last season with 638 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. He also threw for 731 yards on 44 completions and 12 touchdown passes.

Parkhill was the second leading rusher last season with 620 yards on 93 carries and five rushing touchdowns.

The Cowboys will feature a freshman in the backfield with Caleb Ferrin expected to start at the other running back position.

Kalen Weldon will return at one end for the Cowboys and Andrew Villerreal will move from the backfield to the other end position.

Two seniors, Sam Brown and Justin Williams, along with sophomore Trey Bryant will be counted on to try to open up running lanes for the backs and give Tomberlin time to find receivers.

The Cowboys will feature a bit more wide-open attack with more spread offense and implementing the pistol formation.

 Defensively, things are a bit unsettled. Not only will there be six new starters, but coming out of last week’s scrimmage, there are still some battles going on for starting positions.

Pacen Wiest and Bryant are battling for a starting role at nose guard and the defensive end positions are still up for grabs in the 3-2 defense.

The defense will need to mature quickly as Snyder, the Cowboys’ first opponent, will bring a potent offensive attack that will feature one of the state’s top sprinters in Trevor Evans. He was the state champion in Class A in the 400 meters and the runner up in the 100 meters last spring.

“I would say at this point the offense is a step ahead of the defense,” Tomberlin noted heading into this week’s final few days of practice.

“On defense we are still trying to figure some things out,” Tomberlin said.

Tomberlin was not particularly pleased with the Cowboys’ scrimmage with Maud last week.

 “We have a lot of improving to do, but we will watch film and we will get better,” said Tomberlin.

 “We are looking forward to some things and we are trying to get some excitement back in the program. The kids’ attitudes are good and we are lifting every day and they are getting stronger,” Tomberlin added.

Snyder will provide a tough challenge for the Cowboys’ season opener. The Cyclones are picked fourth District B-3, but ahead of them are Carnegie, Alex and Cyril – all top 15 teams in the preseason.

 Tomberlin will be assisted by first-year coach Austin Masoner.

District B-4 Squads Win Three of Four Contests


 It was a good week for the grid teams in District B-4 as four of the five schools won their contests as they continue to engage non-district foes.

This week the teams will engaged in another week of non-district contests while most of the rest of the state begins district play.

Most districts in all classes have eight schools, but the schools in District B-4 are with five other schools leaving more room for non-district games.

Wilson will take the week off, but the Eagles have fashioned an impressive 4-0 record to start the season. They have wins over two ranked teams in Class C – Fox and Paoli.

Wilson’s victory over Fox was probably the most impressive among the district schools.

Waurika is the other undefeated team among the district schools with wins over Temple, Grandfield and Carnegie – all by the mercy rule.

Ryan recorded its third win of the season and all three wins have come against Class C teams – Maysville, Temple and Grandfield. The Cowboys will step back into play against Class B teams when they face Caddo this week.

Bray-Doyle, 3-1 on the year, will have the week off, also. The Donkeys had been on a roll until last Friday when they were soundly defeated by Cyril, 52-6.

Central High got into the win column for the first time this season. The Bronchos defeated Temple but both schools suited out only 10 players for the game.

Empire, who had a bye week last week, will try to reach the .500 mark when they host Cyril.

Last Week’s Results

Central High 44, Temple 18

Cyril 52, Bray-Doyle 6

Ryan 30, Maysville 14

Waurika 64, Carnegie 14

Wilson 56, Fox 28

This Week’s Games

Carnegie at Central High 1-2

Cyril at Empire 1-2

Ryan at Caddo 3-1

Snyder at Waurika 3-0

Bray-Doyle does not play 3-1

Wilson does not play 4-0

Lady Eagle Softball Squad Drops Encounter with Wilson


Weather has played a huge role in Waurika’s fast-pitch softball schedule as the Lady Eagles had not seen action since August 28 until last Monday.

The Lady Eagles fell to Wilson, 20-9, at the Waurika diamond.

Waurika was to have hosted Ryan last Tuesday afternoon, but results were not available in time for this edition of the Waurika News-Journal/The Ryan Leader.

Waurika had games rained out at Empire and last Thursday with Geronimo before last Monday’s game with Wilson.

In the contest with Wilson, Waurika got off to a great start retiring Wilson in order in the top of the first and then erupting for five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Gracie Walling singled to start the Waurika uprising. Destiny Barnes, Madison Roberson and Kaci Reynolds were all hit by a pitch and Walling scored when Reynolds reached base.

Landry Forsyth followed with a two-run double giving Waurika a 4-0 lead. Forsyth scored the final run in the inning when Faith Roberson was hit by a pitch.

Waurika sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning that included four hit batsmen, three walks and two hits to give Waurika a 5-0 lead.

Wilson rallied for four runs in the top of the second before Waurika answered with a pair of scores in the bottom of the second inning without the benefit of a base hit.

Barnes and M. Roberson walked and both scored after walks to Hope Cummings and Alayna Stallcup to put Waurika in front, 7-4.

Wilson again struck for two runs in the top of the third to narrow the gap to 7-6, but Waurika got one run in the bottom of the inning.

Barnes drew another walk – one of three in the game – and moved to second on M. Roberson’s walk. A pair of stolen bases by Barnes – including the steal of home – helped Waurika extend the margin to 8-6.

Wilson picked up a single tally in the top of the fourth to narrow the margin to 8-7 and took the lead in the top of the fifth by scoring five runs to give the Carter County Eagles a 12-8 lead.

Waurika rallied for a single run in the bottom of the fifth. Barnes reached on her third walk of the game and stole second, third and home base to give Waurika the run and allow the hosts to come within three runs at 12-9.

However, Wilson sealed the win with a run in the top of the sixth and seven runs in the top of the seventh. Six of the seven runs were scored after two were out and Wilson had secured the win.

Waurika’s Forsyth finished 1-for-2 with two runs batted in with a two-run double.

Waurika stole 13 bases in the contest, but gave up 23 hits to the visitors to suffer the loss.

Waurika received their assignment for the Class A District Tournament last week and it will be a tough road for the Lady Eagles.

Waurika will travel to Ringling and will also have Wilson in the district.

Ringling has a 9-5 mark not including action this past Monday and Tuesday, while Wilson stands at 10-9 after handing Waurika a loss on Monday.

The Lady Eagles are 2-13 on the year.


Wilson and Ringling will both compete this weekend in the Comanche Tournament

Waurika will take a break over the weekend, but travels to Bray-Doyle on Monday to battle the host Lady Donkeys and Ninnekah.

The final regular season game for the Lady Eagles will be Tuesday at Temple.

Cowgirl Softballers Drop Contest to Big Pasture


After a two-week layoff because of inclement weather, the Ryan Cowgirls’ fast-pitch softball squad was back in action Monday.

 No doubt the layoff had an impact on the Cowgirls as they fell to Big Pasture, 12-0, to drop to 4-11 on the year.

The Cowgirls were to have met Waurika Tuesday night.

In Monday’s game with 12th-ranked Big Pasture, the Cowgirls could simply not get anything going at the plate. A leadoff walk in the first inning by Samantha Good was the only base runner for the Cowgirls in the contest.

Big Pasture had a two-run home run in the first inning and added four runs in the second with four hits and two walks.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Lady Rangers produced another run in the third inning and ended the game in the fourth inning by scoring five runs to provide the final margin.

The next action for Ryan will be this weekend when the Cowgirls compete in the Comanche Invitational Tournament.

It will be the second straight year the Cowgirls have competed in the Comanche tournament and this will be the 13th appearance overall for the Cowgirls in one of the larger tournaments in this part of the state.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Cowgirls through that time have won only six games of the 28 contests where results are available.

The Comanche Tournament will be the last tourney action before the Cowgirls compete in the Class B District Tournament at Thackerville on September 20.

The final regular season games will be Monday and Tuesday when Ryan will play host to Temple and then travel to Springer.

The contest with Temple will be Senior Night for the Cowgirl softball squad.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Cowgirls, 4-11 on the year not including Tuesday’s action, got somewhat of a favorable pairing for this year’s tournament.

The three teams assigned to the district are the hosts, Turner and the Cowgirls. None of the three times boasts of a winning record as of results through last Monday.

The Cowgirls are 0-1 against Thackerville which has a 7-8 record 2018 and have not played Turner, which has a 6-11 ledger.

Joe Allen Named New Eagle Football, Baseball Mentor

 Joe Allen was selected recently as the 38th head football coach in school history at Waurika High School.

Allen will not only be the grid mentor, but will also serve as the head baseball coach for the Eagles next spring.

 “I am really excited about coming to Waurika not just because of the job opportunities, but because my wife teaches at Waurika, we live here and my kids go to school here,” said Allen in a recent interview.

Allen, a 2009 graduate of Cameron University and a 2004 Ryan High School graduate, is looking forward to the challenge of continuing to build on the success Waurika has had in football the past couple of years.

For the past four seasons Allen has been the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Walters High School. He guided the Blue Devils to one district title in baseball in the four seasons.

“The big selling point for the job was of course my family, but also the kind of athletes they had coming up at Waurika,” said Allen. “I was happy at Walters, so it had to be the right job for me to leave there.”

Allen began his coaching career as a lay coach for the Duncan High School baseball team for two years.

He became the head baseball coach at Rush Springs for two seasons before moving to Temple in 2013 to become the head football coach and head baseball coach for the Tigers.

It was his only season as a head football coach and he guided the Tigers to a 4-5 mark before the opportunity came to move over to Walters.

“Football and baseball were always neck and neck for me even when I was a little kid,” noted Allen when asked which sport was his favorite.

 Allen has not yet had an opportunity to meet with the football team, but is looking forward to getting together with them in the near future.

“Being in the area and living here in Waurika I have known the kind of athletes they have,” said Allen in reflecting on his new challenge.

“They have been really competitive in junior high and what I have been impressed with is they have a number of athletes that I have heard are willing to work hard to improve,” said Allen.

While the timing of his hiring did not allow him to get involved with Waurika’s summer league baseball team, he did see the squad in action in their final summer league game at Comanche.

Allen will take over for former Waurika football and baseball coach Glenn Howard, who moves over to Wilson to become an assistant for the Eagles.

“I was glad they had a team because it is hard to get a team together in many of the smaller communities around,” Allen said

Allen was an outstanding athlete during his high school career at Ryan. He excelled in football, baseball and track.

In the 2003 season football season Allen was the starting quarterback on the Cowboys’ semifinal squad that finished 9-4. He threw for 1,113 yards and connected for 11 touchdowns. He also contributed 553 yards rushing.

During his junior season for the Cowboy football squad Allen snared seven interceptions, which was the third most in the state among eight-man schools. He was also named to The Duncan Banner’s all-area football team.

Allen was a ringleader on the 2003 baseball squad that earned a district title – one of only three district titles for the Cowboys since 2000.

In track, Allen was a state track meet qualifier in the high jump in both 2003 and 2004 and was the Southern Eight Conference high jump champion in 2004.

Allen is married to the former Magen Wright of Ryan and she is currently a teacher in the Waurika Public Schools. They have three children with the oldest entering first grade at Waurika this fall.

Eagles Post Second Straight Shutout for 2-0 Start

Photo by Adam Brinson

It has not happened often, but for the second straight week to open the season the Waurika Eagles’ flexed their defensive muscle in shutting out their opponent.

The Eagles rolled to a 52-0 victory over Grandfield last Friday night at Cy Sloan Stadium.

Waurika has opened the season by shutting out the two opponents and that has not happened since the 1975 season and it has only happened eight other times since Waurika began playing football in 1919.

The defense will likely get a much tougher test Friday night when the Eagles travel to Carnegie to battle the Wildcats.

Carnegie did not play last week and comes into the contest with a 1-1 mark with a loss to Seiling and win over Mountain View-Gotebo.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

In last Friday’s contest, the Eagles got off to a slow start with only a single score in the first quarter.

Kevin Garcia busted loose for a 30-yard scoring run and Waurika was up 6-0 with 4:03 to play and that is how the score stayed for the remainder of the first quarter.

The Eagles got things going, however, in the second quarter as they exploded for 46 points in route to ending the game at the half because of the 45-point mercy rule.

Turner Mora opened the scoring in the second quarter for the Eagles with a six-yard rushing touchdown. Mora added the two-point conversion giving Waurika a 14-0 advantage just 31 seconds into the second quarter.

Colton Bryant became the third Eagle to score as he scampered 20 yards for a score. The two-point conversion run failed leaving Waurika with a 20-0 advantage with 9:22 to play in the first half.

The Eagles took to the air for the next score with Hunter Wesberry catching a 28-yard touchdown pass from Mora. Bryant ran for the two points and Waurika had opened a 28-0 lead with 8:32 left before intermission.

Mora got his second rushing touchdown of the night for the next Waurika score. Mora covered 13 yards for the score and Wesberry converted the two-point conversion and Waurika was pulling away at 38-0 with 6:04 left in the half.

The next score came on the defensive side of the ball as Bryant picked off the Grandfield quarterback on the ensuing drive after the Eagle score and raced 30 yards for the touchdown. Bryant ran for the two points to put Waurika on top, 44-0.

The final score came just 29 seconds before the half as Bryant galloped 78 yards for the touchdown. Matt Arriola ran for the two points to fashion the final margin.

Thanks to that big run, Bryant ended the night with 102 yards rushing on only four carries.

Mora was effective in the passing game with five completions in six attempts and 143 yards. Garcia caught two passes for 85 yards and Bryant added two catches for 30 yards. Wesberry had the other catch for a touchdown.

The Waurika defense held Grandfield to only 88 total yards on the night.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: This was the 40th meeting between the two schools with the first meeting coming in 1922…Waurika’s win over Grandfield narrowed the series margin to 18-19-3…The 52 points scored by the Eagles equals last year’s total in a 52-6 victory over the Bearcats….The 52 points is the most ever scored in a game against Grandfield….The 52-point margin of victory for Waurika is the largest ever against the Bearcats and is also the largest margin of victory by either team in the 40 meetings between the two schools…The previous largest margin of victory against Grandfield was 47 points in a 47-0 victory in 1939…Waurika is 2-0 for only the third time since beginning eight-man play in 2012….The back-to-back wins over Grandfield had not been accomplished by Waurika since the 1968 and 1969 seasons…The Eagles and Grandfield have only played each other five times since the 60’s….The back-to-back shutouts posted by Waurika is not a frequent thing – it has only happened twice since Waurika began eight-man football in 2012…Back-to-back shutouts at any point during the season has only happened 27 other times in school history….The most consecutive shutouts in a single season by Waurika came in 1933 when the Eagles recorded eight straight shutouts on the way to an 8-0-2 record.

 Game in Figures

                                GHS         WHS

First Downs             6              7

Yards Rushing         25-31       16-195

Yards Passing          57            143

Passes                      3-9           5-6

Passes Int. By          0              1

Fumbles Lost          0              1

Punts                      N/A          1-36

Penalties                 5-25         7-47

                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Grandfield      0              0              x              x–0

Waurika         6              46            x              x–52

WAURIKA – Kevin Garcia 30 run (run failed)

WAURIKA – Turner Mora 6 run (Mora run)

WAURIKA – Colton Bryant 20 run (run failed)

WAURIKA – Hunter Wesberry 27 pass from Mora (Bryant run)

WAURIKA – Mora 13 run (Wesberry run)

WAURIKA – Bryant 30 interception return (Bryant run)

WAURIKA – Bryant 78 run (Matt Arriola run)

Cowboys Shake Off Slow Start to Cruise to 46-0 Victory


It was not the kind of start you would expect against a team that is struggling to keep its football program alive.

 Ryan held only an 8-0 lead over Temple, but exploded for 38 points in the second quarter and rolled to a 46-0 victory over the Tigers at Howell Field in Temple last Friday night.

The game ended at the half because of the 45-point mercy rule.

Temple, which has now lost 17 straight games over three seasons, had only 10 players suited up for the contest with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys return to Bob Givens Sports Complex Friday night for a 7:30 contest with Maysville.

 The Warriors did not play last week and will come to Ryan with a 0-2 mark for 2018 having lost to Bray-Doyle and Paoli.

 It will be Ryan’s homecoming game and the crowning of the homecoming queen will take place at 7 p.m.

Also, the school will be honoring the 1988 state runner up football team during halftime ceremonies.

No doubt the weather played a role in the slow beginning for the Cowboys as rain fell during much of the game and the field was a quagmire from rain that had fallen earlier in the week.

The determined Tigers might have gotten the Cowboys’ attention as they took the ball on an early drive and advanced methodically down the field to the Ryan 12.

Ryan’s defense stiffened, however, and took the ball over on downs to avoid the Tiger threat.

The Cowboys’ Grayson Tomberlin finally got the Cowboys on the board in the first quarter with a five-yard scoring jaunt. Skyler Parkhill added the two-point conversion and the Cowboys were in front, 8-0, with 4:54 left in the first quarter.

The Cowboys got things rolling in the second quarter and the scoring came fast and furious as the Cowboys scored three touchdowns in less than three minutes.

Parkhill got the first one on a one-yard run. Andrew Villerreal caught the two-point conversion pass to put Ryan in front, 16-0, with 11:08 to play.

At the 9:52 mark, Tomberlin added a 20-yard scoring run and after the two-point conversion pass fell incomplete Ryan was in front, 22-0, with 9:52 left in the half.

The Cowboys found paydirt again just 90 seconds later as Parkhill scored from nine yards out. Kalen Weldon caught the two-point conversion from Tomberlin and Ryan was in front 30-0 with 8:22 remaining in the half.

Ryan ended the game with a pair of scores in the final four minutes.

Parkhill caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tomberlin and the sophomore quarterback ran for the two-point conversion to move the Cowboys in front, 38-0, with 4:20 left in the half.

With just two seconds showing on the clock, Parkhill got his fourth score of the night on a 25-yard pass from Tomberlin. Parkhill caught the two-point conversion pass from Tomberlin setting the final margin.

Tomberlin finished the game with 93 yards rushing on just eight attempts. He was also seven of 12 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Villerreal was on the receiving end of three of the Tomberlin passes for 68 yards and Parkhill caught two for 55 yards and two scores. Kalen Weldon had the other two catches for 25 yards.

Defensively, Villerreal had his best game with eight stops and a fumble recovery. Gunner Phillips got his first interception of the year.

COWBOY CORRAL: The victory over Temple still leaves Ryan trailing in the long series with the Tigers, 49-31-5…The Cowboys have won three in a row over Temple for only the second time in this series….The longest winning streak for Ryan over Temple is four wins from 1990 to 1993….When Ryan was dominating eight-man football in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Temple was putting out good squads, too, including a state title team in 1989…The shut out recorded by the Cowboys in this game marks the second straight year Ryan has held the Tigers scoreless…You have to go back to the 20’s to find a time when Ryan was able to do that against Temple…In 1928 and 1929, Temple was held scoreless in back-to-back years and it included a 6-0 win and a 0-0 tie….The only other time this has happened was in 1922 and 1923 when Ryan recorded a 25-0 win and a 20-0 victory….Tomberlin is averaging just over 100 yards a game rushing as his 93 yards against the Tigers pushed him to 305 yards on the ground after three games…Tomberlin also has 372 yards passing in three games for 677 total yards of offense in three games…The two touchdown passes caught by Parkhill is the second most in a game in school history…The record of three TD receptions is held by three players – Ronnie Williams in 1971, Aaron Johnson in 1998 and Isaiah Wilson in 2009…The 46 points scored by the Cowboys is ninth highest total against Temple in the series.

 Game In Figures

                                RHS         THS

First Downs             12            7

Yards Rushing         15-145     21-70

Yards Passing         148          15

Passes                     7-12         1-5

Passes Int. By          1              0

Fumbles Lost           1-1           2-0

Punts                       0-0           0-0

Penalties                  3-20         7-55

                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Ryan        8              38            x              x-46

Temple    0              0              x              x–0

                FIRST QUARTER

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 5 run (Skyler Parkhill run), 4:54

                SECOND QUARTER

RYAN – Parkhill 1 run (Andrew Villerreal pass from Tomberlin), 11:08

RYAN – Tomberlin 20 run (pass failed), 9:52

RYAN – Parkhill 9 run (Kalen Weldon pass from Tomberlin), 8:22

RYAN – Parkhill 30 pass from Tomberlin (Tomberlin run), 4:20

RYAN – Parkhill 25 pass from Tomberlin (Parkhill pass from Tomberlin), :03


RYAN – Rushing: Grayson Tomberlin 8-93, Skyler Parkhill 6-38, Gunner Phillips 1-14; Passing: Tomberlin 7-12-0-148; Receiving: Andrew Villerreal 3-68, Parkhill 2-55, Kalen Weldon 2-25; Tackles: Villerreal 8, Parkhill 7, Tomberlin 6, Walter Snider 5, Justin Williams 4, Sam Brown 4, Pacen Wiest 4, Trey Bryant 2, Weldon 1.

Cowgirl Standout Honored by State Publication

Juliet Spangler Photo by Shannon McCord

Ryan High School track and cross country stand out, Juliet Spangler, has been named the Chickasha-Duncan Area Girls Spring Sports Athlete of the Month by VYPE magazine.

The award is sponsored by Arvest Bank.

The honor was determined by on line voting and Spangler received 11,509 votes – well ahead of Bridge Creek soccer star Skyli Lassiter who garnered 8,475 votes.

Spangler was one of four Cowgirls that participated in track this spring and she qualified for state in the 3,200-meters and helped anchor the 3,200-meter relay team that also qualified for the state meet.

Not only was Spangler a key participant on the Cowgirl track squad this past spring, but she also was a member of the Ryan cross country team last fall that became the first team from Ryan to qualify for state in the sport. The Cowgirls were regional runner up in cross country last fall.

Spangler is a four-sport participant for Ryan as she was a starter on the Cowgirl basketball team and the fast-pitch softball squad.

In all four sports, her dad, Steve, is the coach. The Cowgirl athlete credits her family’s support for helping spur her improvement over the course of this past track season in particular.

Spangler is not only an outstanding athlete, but she is also active in academic and other extra-curricular activities. She is a member of the Beta Club, FCCLA club and was an officer for her sophomore class.

“She always puts team ahead of self,” her dad, Steve, told VYPE magazine.

Spangler will be a junior for the Cowgirls next fall.


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