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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ryan Girls Fall in Regional Tourney Contest to End Season


A cold-shooting second half proved to be fatal for the Ryan Cowgirls in the first round of the Class A Regional Tournament at Central High last Thursday.

The Cowgirls, after taking a commanding lead at the half, fell to the Lady Blue Devils, 41-36, to end the 2018 season.

The Cowgirls finish the season with an 8-16 mark – the most wins and the fewest losses since the 2014 season.

Ringling got the first bucket of the game as Presley snared an offensive rebound and scored giving the Lady Devils a 2-0 lead.

That was the last lead for Ringling until late in the third quarter.

After the initial basket by Ringling, the Cowgirls went on a 10-1 run and led after the first quarter, 10-3.

The Cowgirls got their biggest lead of the game as Lily York hit a short jumper with 7:34 to play in the second quarter putting the Cowgirls in front, 12-3.

Two free throws by Juliet Spangler gave Ryan another nine point lead with 3:12 left in the half, but Ringling was able to cut the lead to 15-9 on Rayme Tolliver’s free throw with 46 seconds left in the half.

Kenzie Lewis, playing in her last game for the Cowgirls, nailed a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the half sending the Cowgirls into the locker room with a commanding 18-9 lead.

A layup and a 10-foot jumper by Reid helped Ringling cut the deficit to 18-13 with just over a minute gone in the third quarter.

But the Lady Blue Devils continued to find the range and gradually trimmed the lead until Kelsea Thompson connected on a trey with 3:08 left in the third period to tie the game at 21-21.

A free throw by Kassidy Perkins gave the Lady Blue Devils their first lead since that initial basket at 22-21 with 2:08 left in the third quarter.

Karagan Cox hit another three-pointer for the lady Blue Devils and Ringling had a 25-21 lead with 1:48 to play.

Spangler’s put back on an offensive rebound and Samantha Good’s bucket helped the Cowgirls to knot the score at 25-25 heading into the final frame.

Throughout the early part of the fourth quarter the game remained tight and a single free throw by York with 3:56 to play in the game left Ryan trailing the Lady Blue Devils, 32-31.

That would be as close as the Cowgirls would get the rest of the game.

Ringling was able to forge into the lead thanks to hitting the offensive boards and hitting six of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter. The Cowgirls failed to aggressively attack Ringling’s full-court press in the second half.

Ringling’s biggest lead came with just 19.9 seconds left in the game after Thompson connected on two charity tosses.

Good’s 12-foot jumper with 6.7 second remaining set the final margin at 41-36.

Spangler led the Cowgirls with 11 points, but she was the only Cowgirl in double figures.

York, who has paced the Cowgirls in scoring most of the season finished with only one field goal in the game. Good added nine points and Lewis finished with eight tallies.

Reid and Thompson had 10 points each for Ringling.

Ringling dropped a 54-31 decision to Vici last Friday night in the consolation bracket semifinals to end its season.

The Cowgirls of first-year coach Steve Spangler were much improved in 2018 over the previous three seasons despite playing with only seven players most of the season.

Lewis was the only senior on the squad for the Cowgirls.

“Kenzie Lewis did an amazing job leading such a young squad,” said Spangler. “She helped lay a foundation that will pay off in the future.”

The Cowgirls started four sophomores all season and many times they faced opponents’ starting lineups that featured all juniors and seniors.

“Our talented group of sophomores gained valuable experience and their growth and maturity showed throughout the season,” added Spangler in reflecting on the season.

“With the return of the sophomore class and getting Emilee Martin back from a season-ending injury we should be able to build on the success of this year,” Spangler said.

York was the leading scorer for the Cowgirls as she averaged 12.2 points per game. Spangler contributed 10 points a game and led the team in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds a game.

The glaring weakness in this year’s edition of the Cowgirls was scoring. The Cowgirls averaged 34.6 points a game for the season.

Ryan connected on only 312 of 1,093 field goal attempts for a 29% shooting percentage. From long range, the Cowgirls were 119 of 456 tries for 26%.

At the free throw line, the Cowgirls struggled to convert and in a couple of contest, it really hampered the Cowgirl effort. Ryan was 171 of 324 free throws for 56%.

The squad was, however, outstanding on defense as they allowed only 38.4 points a game. The Cowgirls were 0-11 when opponents scored more than 40 points a game – which was an indication of the offensive struggle. In games in which the opponent scored less than 40 points, Ryan held an 8-5 record.

Playoff Loss Does Not Dampen 2018 Waurika Grid Success


 The quarterfinal loss suffered by the Waurika Eagles certainly was hard to take, but it should not take away from one of the best football seasons in school history.

Waurika finished the season with an 11-1 record and that mark ties for the fifth most wins in a season for the Eagles.

The Eagles were ranked ninth in the final Class B poll by The Daily Oklahoman. The last time a Waurika team finished ranked in the top 10 was in 1997 when the Eagles were ranked seventh in the final rankings.

The 11 victories were the most since Waurika put together 12 wins in the 1988 season.

Waurika was undefeated in the regular season and that has happened only five other times in the 99-year history of the sport at Waurika.

Waurika Cheerleaders, band, and football players at the pep-rally.
Photo by Adam Brinson

Not even the state title team in 1951 finished the regular season with an unblemished record.

Two of the unbeaten seasons came in 1928 and 1933, which were before the playoff system began in Oklahoma. The records for those two years feature some tie scores in the results.

 The 1928 team finished 7-0-5 and in 1933 the Eagles were 8-0-2.

 The 2018 squad claimed the second district title since beginning eight-man play.

The season-ending loss in the quarterfinals marked the first quarterfinal playoff appearance by a Waurika team since the 1996 squad defeating Ringling, 14-6, before falling in the semifinal round.

Photo by Adam Brinson

In Waurika’s 11 wins they have played beyond halftime only three times. Waurika was involved in a total of 10 games that did not go the full four quarters.

 The Eagles outscored opponents by an average of 49.3 to 13.3. Waurika scored an incredible 498 points in the first half against their opponents while surrendering only 146 – and 52 of those points came in the loss to Davenport.

Opponents only scored 14 points in the second half against the Eagles, but that is mainly due to most games ending at halftime because of the 45-point mercy rule.

Certainly, the 2018 squad coached by first-year mentor Joe Allen accomplished a great deal. But, there were also some outstanding individual performances during the season.

Turner Mora was outstanding directing the Eagle offense from the quarterback slot. The talented junior signal-caller finished with 24 rushing touchdowns, two kickoff returns for scores and 18 two-point conversion runs for a total of 192 points during the season. He also threw 12 touchdown passes during the season.

Colton Bryant, a senior running back for the Eagles was the second leading scorer on the team. He rushed for 15 touchdowns and had three touchdown receptions. He also returned three interceptions for scores and had 20 two-point conversions.

The longest run from scrimmage for a score during the season came in the Eagles’ critical win at Wilson. Zachary Brown raced 80 yards for a score to top the list of long-distance touchdown runs.

Bryant and Mora also had long scoring runs. Bryant had a 78-yard run against Grandfield, while Mora scored from 71 yards out against Bray-Doyle.

The longest scoring pass play came against Central High when Mora connected with Hunter Wesberry from 44 yards out.

The Eagles had only two kickoff returns all season and Mora had both of those. A 75-yard return against Carnegie was the longest of the season.

Bryant’s 50-yard interception return against Ryan was the longest of three interceptions returned for a touchdown and Bryant had all three of them.

Waurika returned five opponents’ fumbles for scores. Edwin Garcia’s 55-yard scoop-and-score against Caddo was the longest return of the year.

The Eagles will try to build on the success of the 2018 campaign next season and will have seven returning starters to help provide some stability for the 2019 squad, which will likely be tabbed to repeat as district champions.

Waurika Picks Up Two Wins Over Ryan To Enter District Play

Jordan Watkins

The baseball season is quickly coming to an end for the Waurika Eagles.

 The Eagles will enter post-season play today at Central High for the Class A District Tournament.

 In the first game Waurika will take on Empire at 3:30 p.m. and no matter the outcome will take on the host school following the first game around 5:30 p.m.

 The tournament is double-elimination and two losses by the Eagles in today’s action would end the Waurika nine’s season.

 In the final days of the regular season, the Eagles were able to get a pair of wins over Ryan and a victory over Geronimo. The Eagles dropped a contest to Dickson and had last Friday’s contest with Wilson rained out.

 Coach Glen Howard’s crew will take a 9-13 record into today’s tournament.

 The Eagles picked up their eighth and ninth wins of the season Monday night in a three-way matchup with Ryan and Geronimo at Geronimo.

 The Eagles defeated Ryan, 10-2, and then held off Geronimo for a 5-3 victory.

 Last Friday’s scheduled game with Wilson was rained out.

 In Monday’s action, Waurika took advantage of eight Ryan errors for the victory.

 The game was scoreless after two innings, but Waurika erupted for four runs in the top of the third inning.

 Bryson Hernandez reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an errant pickoff attempt.

 Michael Bryant and Zachary Brown both walked and an RBI-single by Austin Dyer scored Bryant.

 The Eagles scored two more runs on another Ryan miscue with Brown and Dyer scoring to give Waurika a 4-0 lead.

 Waurika added a run in the top of the fourth when Colton Bryant reached on an infield single and stole second. A ground out by Hernandez pushed across Bryant for a 5-0 Waurika lead.

 The Cowboys managed two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2, but the Eagles responded with five runs in the top of the fifth inning to seal the win.

 Dyer led off the inning with a single and Edwin Garcia was hit by a pitch. Dyer scored as C. Bryant reached on an error and Garcia and C. Bryant scored on another Cowboy fielding error to make the score 8-2.

 Hunter Wesberry reached base on an error and later scored on a passed ball. Hernandez followed with a single and Brown got an RBI on a fielder’s choice to close out the Waurika offensive onslaught.

 Dyer and Hernandez led the Eagles with two hits apiece.

 In the second game Monday, the Eagles got an outstanding pitching performance from Brown and Wesberry recorded a save on the mound for Waurika.

 The Eagles scored first in the top of the second inning as Brown reached on a single and stole second. He scored on Gatlin Black’s run-scoring single and the Eagles got another run on a Bluejay error to gain a 2-0 advantage.

 In the top of the third inning, the Eagles added another run on somewhat controversial play. Wesberry reached on an error and advanced to second after M. Bryant walked.

 Wesberry scored from third after Bryant was hit by a ball trying to advance to third. This gave Waurika a 3-0 lead.

 Geronimo finally got on the board in the bottom of the third with a single tally helped along by an Eagle error to cut the lead to 3-1 after three innings.

 The Eagles added another run in the fourth inning after the Geronimo center fielder could not make a play on Dyer’s fly ball. An infield single by Seth Waid drove Dyer home giving Waurika a 4-1 lead.

 Geronimo rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth on two hits, two singles and an error to cut the Eagle advantage to 4-3.

 Waurika added an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning as three consecutive singles the last of which came from M. Bryant that drove in Wesberry for a 5-3 advantage.

 In the bottom of the fifth Wesberry came on to retire the Bluejay batters in order to seal the win.

 Waid and Wesberry each had two hits to pace the Eagles at the plate.

 A week ago Tuesday, the Eagles scored an 8-0 victory over Ryan after dropping a 12-1 decision to Dickson in a three-way contest at the Eagle diamond.

 The Comets score three runs in the first, fourth more in the second to take a commanding 7-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second.

 The Eagles managed a run in the bottom of the second as Brown got an infield single and moved to second on Dyer’s single. Watkins reached on an error and Payton Fletcher then got an RBI-infield single to give Waurika the only run of the game.

 Dickson added five more runs in the top of the fourth inning and the game ended by the run rule after the Eagles could not score in the bottom of the inning.

 Dyer took the loss on the mound for the Eagles.

 In the second game for Waurika, the Eagles jumped out on top of Ryan after the first inning with a three-run uprising.

 Wesberry singled and scored on Brown’s RBI-single. Brown advanced on a stolen base and some defensive indifference by the Cowboys sent him to third. Dyer picked up a walk and Watkins’ base hit got a two-RBI single for the Eagles.

 The Eagles added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to add to the lead. C. Bryant led off the inning with a walk and Hernandez singled. C. Bryant scored on Wesberry’s ground out.

 Black reached on an error that enabled Hernandez to cross the plate and make the score 5-0 after two innings.

 In the third inning the Eagles got another run as Watkins singled and stole second and third. Watkins scored on a passed ball putting Waurika ahead, 6-0, after three innings.

 The game ended in the bottom of the fourth as the Eagles scored two more runs with M. Bryant scoring on a wild pitch and reaching on a base hit and Wesberry scoring after reaching on an error.

 Watkins’ two hits paced the Eagles at the plate, while Brown tossed a one-hitter to get the win on the mound.

Eagles’ Matchup with Snyder Canceled Because of Weather


It was a much anticipated matchup as two undefeated teams were set to face off at Cy Sloan Stadium last Friday night.

Waurika and Snyder were both undefeated and the Cyclones were coming off a big win over rival Tipton. Waurika had mercy-ruled each of its first three opponents by halftime of each contest.

But because of about five inches of rain that fell in the area last Friday and concerns about fans getting into and out of the stadium area, the game was canceled and will not be played.

Of course there was concerned about the playing conditions of the field and trying to prevent injuries as the two teams look forward to district play.

The Eagles get back in action tomorrow night by making the long trip to Caddo to face the Bruins in the final non-district encounter. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bruin Field.

Caddo will come into the game with a 2-2 mark and some momentum having won two in a row including last Thursday’s 57-26 victory over Ryan.

In the win over Ryan the Bruins came within just over a 100 yards of eclipsing the total number of yards on offense in the three previous games combined. The Bruins recorded 502 yards of offense against the Cowboys and had only a little over 600 yards of offense in the previous games.

Senior quarterback Jack Holbrook was outstanding the contest against Ryan with five touchdown passes and was 13 of 18 passing for 230 yards.

The favorite target for Holbrook against Ryan was Payton Brewer, a senior wide receiver. He had three catches for 85 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown pass from Holbrook.

Another senior, running back Michael Creel rushed for 110 yards on just 15 carries and one touchdown.

The Waurika defense will be tested in the contest as Caddo averaged over eight yards per offensive play against Ryan.

Caddo features a 23-player roster and eight of those players are seniors.

The Eagles, however, should be well rested for the game and the unexpected break in the schedule.

Lady Eagles Drop Two Contests to Open Season


The Waurika fast-pitch softball squad got its 2018 season underway Monday and the Lady Eagles dropped contests to Wilson and Elmore City-Pernell.

 The Lady Eagles fell to the Lady Badgers from Elmore City-Pernell, 10-0, before losing to Wilson, 10-2, in the final of three contests.

 Both games ended after five innings because of the run-rule.

 Elmore City-Pernell defeated Wilson, 4-2, in the opening game of the day on Wilson’s home diamond.

 Waurika was to have been back in action Tuesday at Velma-Alma (0-1) before traveling to Ryan today (weather permitting) to battle the Cowgirls in their season-opener.

Next Tuesday the Lady Eagles will host Empire in the season’s home opener. Both the high school and junior high squads will be in action and the games will begin at 4:30 p.m.

 Waurika’s season will continue one week from today when the Lady Eagles will travel to Grandfield to meet the Lady Bearcats and Olustee. The contests will begin at 5:30 p.m.

 Last Monday, Elmore City-Pernell scored early and often in moving to 2-0 on the young season.

 The Lady Badgers took a 2-0 lead after the first inning and picked up a total of nine hits in the contest.

The Lady Eagles could get nothing going at the plate as they were limited to two hits – one each by Landry Forsyth and Gracie Walling.

 Madison Roberson took the loss in the circle for coach Sloan Robertson’s squad. She gave up only six hits, but did not receive all the support from her fielders to be able to contain the Lady Badgers.

 The Lady Eagles closed out the evening by allowing Wilson to explode for seven runs in the bottom of the third inning. Wilson collected six hits, including a triple and a double, to produce the big inning.

 Wilson finished the game with 14 hits.

 Waurika was able to produce two runs on just three hits for the game.

 Walling suffered the loss for Waurika.

 “We did so many good things,” Robertson said, “but we have some work to do.”

Cowgirls Meet County Rival Ringling in Regional Tourney


The Class A Regional Tournament begins today at Central High.

The Ryan Cowgirls will take on Ringling in the first round of the consolation bracket of the regional tournament.

Another loss for the Cowgirls and the season will end.

Tipoff was set for 1:30 p.m. today.

The remainder of the regional will move to Union City should the Cowgirls get past the Lady Blue Devils.

The Cowgirls take an 8-15 record into today’s meeting with the Lady Blue Devils. Ringling is 10-8 on the year.

Should the Cowgirls win, they would play Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Union City.

The winner of the Ryan-Ringling contest will face the loser of Okarche and Geronimo.

Geronimo and Okarche square off tonight at 6:30 at Bridge Creek.

Okarche is 22-4 and ranked fourth in Class A, while Geronimo, an upset winner over Empire in the district finals, has a 14-13 mark for the season.

A victory in the second round of the regionals would put the Cowgirls in the consolation championship game slated for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Union City.

For now, it is win and advance.

The Lady Blue Devils advanced to the regional tournament consolation bracket by falling to 15th-ranked Ft. Cobb-Broxton, 49-40, in the district championship game at Ft. Cobb last Saturday night.

Ringling won the only meeting with the Cowgirls in the regular season, 33-27.

Ringling won the St. Jo, Texas Invitational Tournament in December.

The Lady Blue Devils come into the regional contest having lost three of their last four contests.

The only win in those four games for Ringling came in the district semifinals over Waurika, 40-38.

Ringling’s roster is filled with both experience and youth.

The Lady Blue Devils have five seniors and seven sophomores and freshmen for first-year coach Kami Rodebush.

The Cowgirls have had a limited roster all season and currently have seven girls available entering regional play.

First-year coach Steve Spangler has relied on four sophomores and a senior for the starting lineup and Lily York has emerged as the top scorer for the Cowgirls, but Juliet Spangler and Samantha Good have also contributed points.

The Cowgirls have shown steady improvement through the year and have won three of their last five games entering the regional tournament.

The Cowgirls and Lady Blue Devils have met only once in regional tourney play. In that game, the Lady Blue Devils came out on top, 32-15, in a 1950 regional tourney game at Waurika.

Awards Given To Ryan Athletes At All-Sports Banquet

Ryan Seniors

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.

Part of the Ryan Football Team Photo By Sheree Hanson
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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.

Waurika Junior High and 7th Grade Results

Long Jump Girls

1st- Mora(Waurika)

100 Meter


400 Meter

2nd- Mora(Waurika)

200 Meter


Long Jump Boys

1st- Arriola(Waurika)

High Jump Boys

6th- Tomberlin(Ryan)

Shot Boys


4th- Cathey(Waurika)

Discus Boys

5th- Tijurina(Waurika)

Long Jump 7th Boys


High Jump 7th Boys

5th- Torrez(Waurika)

3200 Relay 7th Boys

1st- Waurika

800 Meter 7th Grade

6th- Gomez(Waurika)

100 Meter 7th Grade

4th- Torrez

200 Meter 7th Boys


1600 Meter 7th Boys

2nd- Waurika

Long Jump 7th Girls

2nd- Romero(Waurika)

High Jump 7th Girls


Shot 7th Girls

6th- Horton(Waurika)

Discus 7th Girls

6th- Townsend(Waur)

3200 Relay 7th Girls

1st- Waurika

100 Hurdles 7th Girls



800 Relay 7th Girls


800 Meter 7th Girls


100 Meter 7th Girls

6th- Romero(Waurika)

300 Hurdles



1600 Meter 7th Girls

1st- Showalter(Waur)

100 Hurdles

1st- Simmons(Waurika)

4th- Romero(Waurika)

800 Relay 7th Girls


800 Meter

1st- Showalter(Waur)

Speedy Burns Flat Pins First-Round Playoff Loss on Cowboys


It was a bitter ending to what was an outstanding season for the Ryan Cowboys’ football squad.

 Last Friday night at Bob Givens Sports Complex, the Cowboys fell to Burns Flat-Dill City, 58-12, in a first-round playoff game.

 While the margin of victory was great, the Eagles were the benefactors of some key plays early in the game that kept the Cowboys on their heels most of the night and finally resulted in the big win.

 Ryan finishes its first season under Tony Tomberlin at 7-4, while BFDC improved to 6-5 and moves on to face Pioneer-Pleasant Vale in the second round of the Class B playoffs.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

 Three key events set the tone for the contest – a 90-yard touchdown run after Ryan fumbled deep in BFDC territory, an 84-yard kickoff return by the Eagles after a Ryan score and a successful onside kick recovery by the Eagles to begin the second half.

 All of those plays happened at critical moments in the game and helped the Eagles control the contest.

 BFDC also possessed some speed on both offense and defense and it stymied the Cowboys most of the night.

Photo By Sheree Hanson

 The Eagles took the opening kickoff and moved 61 yards in nine plays to take a 6-0 lead at the 8:02 mark in the first quarter. Tracen Poor got the score on a seven-yard run.

 The Cowboys were poised to answer the score as they moved from midfield after recovering an Eagle onside kick attempt to the BFDC nine-yard line. However, on a first and goal, the Cowboys fumbled and John Shorter alertly covered it for BFDC at the 10.

 On first down talented running back Isaac Tubbs took the pigskin to the house breaking into the Cowboys’ secondary and racing down the left side for a 90-yard score. The run failed for two points, but instead of a lead or a tie for the Cowboys, the Eagles had a 12-0 advantage with six minutes to play in the initial quarter.

 Another failed onside kick attempt set the Cowboys up at their own 49 and Ryan moved right down the field in 11 plays and on a fourth and goal, quarterback Grayson Tomberlin scored from five yards out. The two-point conversion failed, but now Ryan trailed by only 12-6 with 1:26 left in the first quarter.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

 On the kickoff, the Eagles made another pivotal play in the game as Tubbs took the ball at his own 16-yard line and went 84 yards for the touchdown. Poor ran for the two points and the Eagles had increased the lead to 20-6.

 The Cowboys fought back and took care of another onside kick attempt by the Eagles to begin the offensive push at the Cowboy 46. Ryan covered the distance in seven plays with Tomberlin taking it in from 21 yards out for the score.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

 After a penalty on the conversion attempt, the Cowboys tried a pass for the conversion, but it fell incomplete leaving Ryan with a 20-12 deficit with 10:22 to play in the second quarter.

 On the next possession, BFDC looked like they would take control of the game driving deep into Ryan territory, but Tubbs fumbled the ball at the Ryan three after a 15-yard gain and Kalen Weldon got the recovery for the Cowboys.

Photo By Sheree Hanson

 Ryan moved from its own three to the BFDC 46, but a fumble by the Cowboys, which was covered by Andrew Villerreal, set the Cowboys back at the Ryan 40 and three plays later the Cowboys were forced to punt.

 The Eagles got through on the punt and blocked it to give them excellent field position at the Ryan 25 with only 1:25 showing on the clock before the half.

 The Eagles worked their way to the Ryan four to get a first down stopping the clock with one second to play. Somehow the Eagles got the play off before the clock ran out and Poor found Robert Rush for a four-yard touchdown pass over the middle with no time left. Luis Margerum ran for the two points and the Eagles held a 28-12 halftime advantage.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

 Beginning the second half the Eagles tried yet another onside kick and this time the Cowboys mishandled it and BFDC got the recovery at midfield. On the fifth play of the drive, Margerum scored from nine yards to extend the lead to 34-12 at the 10:32 mark of the third period.

 From this point, the Cowboys simply could not get much going offensively and the Eagles were able to frequently get into the Cowboy secondary for large gains.

 After a failed fake punt attempt the Eagles extended the lead with a five-play, 57-yard drive. Margerum capped the drive with a one-yard plunge and Tubbs ran for the two points to put the margin at 42-12 with 8:35 to play in the third quarter.

 The Cowboys were forced to punt on the ensuing possession after failing to pick up a first down and the Eagles took over at the Ryan 45. In only four plays the Eagles got a touchdown as Margerum scored his third rushing touchdown of the nine on a five-yard run. Margerum added the two-point conversion and with 5:38 left in the third quarter the Eagles were ready to end the game early with a 50-12 advantage.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

 Ryan tried to stay alive in the game but an incomplete fourth-down pass gave the Eagles another possession.

 From the BFDC 31, the Eagles took the ball for the game-ending score. It took eight plays with the aid of 20 yards of Ryan penalties for the Eagles to cap the drive. It was a five-yard run by Tubbs for the score and the two-point conversion run by Margerum with 1:04 left in the third quarter that ended the game.

 Tubbs finished with 209 yards rushing on only 19 carries. Add in the kickoff return and one pass reception and Tubbs finished the night with 290 all-purpose yards.

 In his last game for the Cowboys, Skylar Parkhill finished with 90 yards on 15 carries to lead the Ryan offensive attack that was limited to 195 total yards for the contest.

 Game in Figures

                             BFDC       RHS

First Downs             21            12

Yards Rushing         42-391     33-172

Yards Passing          37            23

Passes                     4-5           5-14

Passes Int. By          0              0

Fumbles, Lost          2-1           2-1

Punts                       0-0           2-17

Penalties                  2-10         6-40               


BFDC      20            8              30            x-58

Ryan        6              6              0              x-12                   


BFDC – Tracen Poor 7 run (run failed), 8:02

BFDC- Isaac Tubbs 90 run (run failed), 6:00

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 5 run (run failed), 1:26

BFDC – Tubbs 84 kickoff return (Poor run), 1:11

                SECOND QUARTER

RYAN – Tomberlin 21 run (pass failed), 10:22

BFDC – Robert Rush 4 pass from poor (Luis Margerum run), :00

                THIRD QUARTER

BFDC – Margerum 9 run (run failed), 10:32

BFDC – Margerum 1 run (Tubbs run), 8:35

BFDC – Margerum 5 run (Margerum run), 5:38

BFDC – Tubbs 5 run (Margerum run), 1:04                 


BFDC: Rushing – Tubbs 19-209, Margerum 10-94, Poor 13-88; Passing – Poor 4-5-37-0; Receiving – Rush 3-40, Tubbs 1- -3.

RYAN: Rushing – Skylar Parkhill 15-90, Tomberlin 15-87, Travis Fristoe 2-9, Team 1- -14; Passes – Tomberlin 5-12-23-0, Parkhill 0-2-0-0; Receiving – Kalen Weldon 3-10, Parkhill 2-13; Tackles – Tomberlin 14, Parkhill 12, Fristoe 12, Justin Williams 9, Andrew Villerreal 7, Walter Snider 7, Weldon 5, Pacen Wiest 4, Gunner Phillips 1, Trey Bryant 1

Ryan, Waurika Cagers Set To Enter Post-Season Play


The slate is clean.

While regular season records mean something for district tournament pairings and seeding, every basketball squad in Oklahoma starts the post-season with a 0-0 mark.

That is good news for the roundball squads at Waurika and Ryan as all four teams enter the playoffs with losing records.

Play begins tomorrow night (Friday) in the Class A District Tournament for both Waurika and Ryan.

Both Waurika teams will travel to Ft. Cobb-Broxton to face Ringling, while both Ryan teams will journey to Central High to face Bray-Doyle.

The girls’ tilts will open the tournament at 6:30 p.m. at both sites.

Awaiting the winner of the Waurika-Ringling games will be Ft. Cobb, while Central High will take on the winner of the Ryan and Bray-Doyle matchups.

The championship games will be played Saturday with the girls’ games tipping at 6:30 p.m.

Waurika and Ringling drew a tough assignment for the district tourney.

The only regular season meeting between the two Jefferson County schools was canceled because of the flu.

However, the boys’ team that survives that contest will have to face a legitimate state title contender.

Ft. Cobb-Broxton is 22-3 on the year and the only three losses have been to ranked teams in Class B, Class 2A and Class 5A. The Mustangs have won nine straight contests.

The Mustangs, ranked second in Class A, won the Caddo County Tournament and garnered runner up honors in tournaments at Chattanooga and Anadarko.

Ft. Cobb-Broxton will be well-rested as the Mustangs last played last Saturday against Walters giving them a week to prepare for the winner of Waurika and Ringling.

The Blue Devil boys come into the tournament with an 8-10 mark. They have been inconsistent much of the season, but should be competitive against the Eagles.

Coach Joe Masoner’s Waurika boys have also struggled to find wins in 2018. The Eagles were 4-13 heading into last Tuesday’s game with Grandfield.

Waurika has had three games canceled because of the flu and have only played once since January 23 before last Tuesday.

The Eagles have had turnover troubles most of the season averaging almost 20 miscues a game.

Cache Arellano has been the ringleader for the Eagles averaging over nine points a game and pulling down an average of eight rebounds a game.

Ft. Cobb-Broxton handed Waurika an 81-28 loss in the first round of the Chattanooga Tournament.

The girls’ bracket of the district tourney at Ft. Cobb will be much the same as the boys’ bracket.

The Lady Mustangs will be the overwhelming favorite as they come in ranked 15th in Class A and won the Chattanooga Tournament and were the runner up at the tough Caddo County fray.

Ft. Cobb-Broxton is 15-10 on the year, but only 5-5 in its last 10 games.

Ringling’s girls will come into the tournament with a 9-6 record and have one tournament title to their credit – the St. Jo, Texas Invitational.

The Waurika girls have struggled all year under first-year coach Kalee Baxter and hold a 5-11 record not including Tuesday’s result with Grandfield.

The Lady Eagles have been led most of the season by Madison Roberson. Roberson has averaged 15 points a game and averages about 15 boards a game.

In the district tournament at Central High, none of the boys’ squads will enter the tournament with a winning record – and it isn’t close.

Ryan, with a mark of 5-16, was granted the top seed, but Bray-Doyle chose to match up with the Cowboys in the first round of the tournament.

Central High’s boys started the season 0-10, but earned the consolation title at the Black Diamond Tournament at Rush Springs at the beginning of 2018. The Bronchos are 4-16 on the year.

Bray-Doyle has had a tough year as well as the Cowboys and Bronchos.

The Donkeys will bring a 3-14 record into the tournament.

The Cowboys own a win over the Donkeys just before Christmas, but Bray-Doyle has been playing a bit better as of late.

Coach Judd Matthes’ squad has struggled to score during most of the season.

While a number of Cowboys can contribute points on a given night, Ryan lacks the go-to player that is a consistent scorer.

Skyler Parkhill has been the top point-getter for the Cowboys overall.

Central High drew the top seed in the girls’ bracket and came into the tournament with a 15-8 mark that does not include last Tuesday’s game with Sterling.

The Lady Bronchos won the Minco Invitational and were runner up at the Black Diamond Tournament.

Bray-Doyle’s girls own a two-point win over Ryan in a regular season meeting before Christmas and have a 12-8 mark not including last Tuesday’s contest with Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

The Lady Donkeys won the Maysville Shootout in December, but are only 4-7 since January 1 – not including the game with OSD.

The Cowgirls, under first-year coach Steve Spangler, have compiled a 7-14 record for the season.

It has been a struggle on the offensive end for the Cowgirls most of the season, but Lily York has been the top point-getter for the season especially in the recent part of the schedule.

The Cowgirls will start four sophomores and only one senior. The roster has been limited most of the season due to lack of participation and injuries.

Both the district champion and the district runner up will advance to next week’s regional tournament.


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