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Ryan Softball Seniors Recognized at Game

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Ryan’s Senior softball players were honored for their efforts and careers.

ASST. COACH Shelley Cain, Savannah Faith, Samantha Good, Madisen Rhoades, Brooklyn Charmasson, 
and COACH Stan Mueggenborg.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Cowgirl Harriers On A Roll Heading Into Regional Meet

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 The fourth-ranked Ryan Cowgirl cross country team has accomplished something no team has ever done at Ryan – win three consecutive meets.

That feat was accomplished last Saturday when the Cowgirls claimed the team title at the Healdton Invitational on a cold fall morning near Healdton Lake.

And, the performances could not come at a better time as the Cowgirls prepare for the Class 2A Regional Cross Country meet on Saturday hosted by Waurika in Harmon Park.

The Cowgirls recorded 25 team points – the fewest in school history – and outdistanced second-place Waurika who finished with 41 points. The previous best score by a team was 26 set earlier this year at Frederick and last year at the Cameron meet.

Lilybet Harmon continued her outstanding senior season with another first-place finish in the individual race. It was also her third straight individual title.

Harmon covered the 2.1-mile course in a time of 13:23.88. She also won the meet titles at Sulphur and Frederick.

Katelyn Dabbs, perhaps the most improved runner for the Cowgirls this season, nabbed second place with a time of 13:39.44, which was 14 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.

Lily York captured sixth place with a time of 14:11.89 and Juliet Spangler finished eighth with a time of 14:15.94. Alicen Williams finished out the top ten performances by finishing 10th time a mark of 14:25.09.

Whittany Spangler also medaled for the Cowgirls by finishing in the 22nd spot, which is just one spot below her season-best set at Frederick. Her time was not available.

Grace Stamper finished 29th in the race – her best finish of the season.

The junior girls squad finished third in the team race behind Velma-Alma and Waurika.

The high school boys did not compete at Healdton

The high school girls and boys will be in action Saturday at the Class 2A Regional Cross Country Meet at Waurika on Saturday. The girls will run at 12 noon, while the boys will compete at 12:45 p.m.

The Cowgirls have an excellent chance to win the meet which would be the first regional title in school history and only the third time for a team to advance to the state meet. The top seven teams will qualify for the state competition.

Ryan Junior High Results

GIRLS: 5. Aubree Showalter; 9. Jasmine Villarreal; 21. Healther Poague. Alexis Shockley; Hannah Williams, Alyssa Phillips.

BOYS: 4. Koble Lewis, 11. Alex Uribe

Ryan Elementary Results

GIRLS: 1. Micah Villarreal; 2. Harleigh Loftin; 4. Lilah Regehr; 10. Annzlee Tomberlin; 12. Tianna Galindo; 13. Alyssa Harrison; 20. Lynnlee Tomberlin.

BOYS: 3. Kolton Rodriguez; 7. Breydon Brackeen; 8. Aaron Ortiz; 11. Keller Adsit; 13. Brian Porterfield; 14. Keylan Rodriguez; 20. Jake Reagan ; 21. Seth Duke;

Success on Diamond For Waurika Has Not Been Frequent

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2019 Waurika Baseball Season Hopes to Be Foundation to the Future

With the recently completed successful baseball season, it is time to take a look back at the history of high school baseball at Waurika.

 Waurika baseball has struggled over the years much like every football-playing school that has to compete against schools that also play in the fall of the year.

 The recently completed 2019 season, however, could serve as a foundation for a good future for the Eagles.

 This past season saw the Eagles fashion a 16-7 mark and they played for the district title for the first time since 2012.

 The Eagles had the most valuable player in the Oil Field Conference in Aaron Nitka. He also played in the recent Southwest Oklahoma Coaches Association all-star game in Lawton.

 The Eagles also dominated the first team selections with five – Gatlin Black, Bowden Forsyth, Hunter Wesberry, Zac Brown and Austin Dyer.

 The 16 wins are the most wins in a season since that 2012 club put together 18 wins.

 Research has not yielded a lot of information about baseball at the school but it is thought that no teams were fielded from at least 1953 to 1986. Prior to 1953, baseball might have been offered but it is hard to find results.

 Only eight seasons in the past 29 years when baseball was brought back to Waurika have the Eagles won more than 16 games. There are four seasons where the final record could not be determined.

 Baseball at Waurika returned in 1987 after the school had not fielded a team since as far back as 1952 when Waurika lost to Ryan in the county tournament finals, 13-4.

 Even prior to that time it is hard to discern if Waurika fielded many baseball teams which may be attributed to the tremendous success Waurika had in track.

 But in 1987, Norman West put together the first Waurika team and they began the season with a doubleheader sweep of Terral. The Eagles finished 8-5 in that inaugural season.

 Todd Overstreet, Byron West, Doug Frost and Jay Chapman were some of the ringleaders of that first squad. Frost was named to The Duncan Banner’s all-area team at the conclusion of the season.

 The next season Waurika slipped to 1-16 before coming back in 1989 and putting together a 13-9 record.

 That would be West’s final season coaching baseball and he finished with a 22-30 mark in the sport.

 Don Patchin took over the baseball program for the next two years, but a final record for either year could not be located.

 Patchin became the first of four different coaches in four years and the Eagles managed only one winning record in that stretch – an 18-17 record in 1992.

 The 1993 squad earned district runner up honors despite a 10-22 final record.

 In 1994, Tim Hightower took over the reigns of the Waurika program for the next five years. During his tenure the Eagles claimed their first district title in 1997.

 The Eagles earned the district crown as the tourney host and defeated Walters in the best-of-three series for the district title. The Eagles defeated the Blue Devils, 13-1, and 17-7, for the title.

 However, the 1997 team found the regional tournament to be too tough. Ringling was the tournament host and the Blue Devils downed the Eagles in the first round. Velma-Alma eliminated the Eagles in the next game.

 The 1998 squad – the last coached by Hightower – finished second in the Southern Eight Conference tourney.

 The Eagles claimed their second district title in 1999 under the direction of Buddy Husted. Husted coached the Eagle nine for two seasons and finished with a 30-24 record.

 The 1999 Class 2A district tournament was also a best-of-three series and the Eagles played host to Empire. Waurika downed the Bulldogs in impressive fashion, 19-5, and 25-4.

 Waurika traveled to Healdton for the Class 2A regional tourney and lost to Velma-Alma, 16-0, in the first round and to Washington, 11-0, in an elimination game.

 Brad Logan assumed the coaching duties for the baseball program in 2001 and he served six seasons.

 During that time the Eagles were district champions in 2002. The Eagles traveled to Turner for a best-of-three series and the Eagles won the first two games, 21-0, and 7-4, to earn the district crown.

 Waurika was sent to Dewar for the Class A regional and the Eagles dropped a pair of one-run games. In the first round, Dewar defeated the Eagles, 2-1. In the elimination game, Okay edged the Eagles, 9-8, to end the season.

 In 2005, the Eagles hosted the conference tournament and claimed the title with a 12-7 victory over Big Pasture in the championship game.

 The next season, Waurika was the conference tournament runner up. This time Big Pasture claimed the conference title with a 9-1 victory over the Eagles at Walters.

 Keith Henderson stepped in as the Waurika coach in 2007, but after a 5-10 mark, Everett Hodges coached the Eagles for two seasons.

 Under Hodges in those two seasons, the Eagles did not win a district title but put together the first 20-win season at Waurika in 2009. The Eagles did finish as the district runner up in 2009. The 2009 team traveled to Sterling for the district tourney and won a 6-4 contest against Empire before falling twice to the host school Sterling, 18-0 and 11-0.

 Larry Vanbeber coached baseball for the 2010 and 2011 seasons and the Eagles were district runner up both seasons.

 The 2010 squad had a 24-6 record – the most wins ever for a Waurika baseball team. Velma-Alma eliminated Waurika in the district finals that season.  

 The 2011 club claimed the conference tournament title. The tournament was played at Empire and the Eagles cruised to victories over Big Pasture, 18-3; Temple, 22-2; and, Walters, 11-2.

 Waurika finished the season with a 16-16 record and were eliminated by Chattanooga in the district finals.

 Hodges took over the program again in 2012 and coached the baseball team for five seasons. The 2012 team claimed the district title and finished with an 18-7 record – the fourth most wins in school history.

 Waurika hosted the district tournament and earned a first-round win over Empire, 11-1. The Eagles then defeated Healdton, 13-3, and came back to shutout Healdton, 9-0, in the championship game.

 The Eagles traveled to Caddo for the Class A regional tourney and as in previous regional appearances, the Eagles dropped the first two games. Waurika fell to the host school, 7-1, and then fell to Elmore City-Pernell, 6-4, in an elimination game.

 Waurika is 0-8 in all regional tournament games.

 The 2012 team had three players on The Duncan Banner all-area baseball squad. Gage Pittman was named as a catcher and pitcher and Taylor Fuller was tabbed for the team as a pitcher and third baseman. Tyler Fuller earned the area’s pitcher-of-the-year honors.

 The Eagles fell on hard times during the rest of Hodges’ coaching days and did not win more than eight games in any season.

 Hodges finished with a 77-79 mark in his six total seasons coaching baseball, but that did include one district title and one district runner up finish.

 The 2013 team did have one all-area selection – Mason Wilkerson as a pitcher.

 Glenn Howard took over the team in 2017 and 2018. The first year under Howard the Eagles could only manage a 6-14 mark, but improved to 10-15 in 2018.

 Joe Allen was handed the baseball coaching duties when he was named the football coach last year. The first-year mentor hopes a foundation has been laid for future success on the diamond for the Eagles.

 Allen will have to find replacements for six seniors – five of which were starters for all or much of the season.

Here are the full names of the 1920 WHS baseball team seen in the picture above.

Harrell Cotner

Ray Powell – Left Field

Herschel Alexander – Right Field

Bill Bradford – 2nd Base

Coach J.J. Corbett

Jake Turnage

Charles Thompson – Pitcher

Byrd Adams (Mascot)

Maurice Prescott (Captain) – Center Field

Clifford Bone – Pitcher

Leslie Stone – 1st Base

Ernest Dickey – 3rd Base

Leon Boyles – Short Stop

Pierce Carter – Catcher

Roy Scott (Score Keeper)

Record

WHS 8 – Ryan High School 9

WHS 10 – Addington First Team 6

WHS 7 – Ryan High School 13

WHS 11 – Sugden First Team 11

WHS 22 – Hastings High School 6

WHS 13 – Ryan High School 13

WHS 6 – Hastings First Team 17

WHS 13 – Hastings High School 10

WHS 6 – Terral High School 4

Cowgirl Cross Country Squad Captures Team Title at North Rock Creek

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The Ryan Cowgirls conquered a talented field to win the North Rock Creek Cougar Invitational last Saturday morning.

The Cowgirls not only beat the field, but also beat the rain that came after the girls’ competition had been completed.

Ryan, who was ranked 12th in Class 2A heading into the meet, finished with 50 points, well ahead of Class 3A’s sixth-ranked squad, Christian Heritage that finished with 68 points. Konawa was third with 71 points and Prague, ranked 19th in Class 3A, finished fourth with 91 points.

After the impressive performance last Saturday, the Cowgirls moved to third in the Class 2A rankings. Christian Heritage also moved up to third in the Class 3A rankings. Konawa is now ranked sixth in Class 2A. Watonga and Hooker are the top two teams in Class 2A and have been all season.

All five Cowgirls that counted toward the team total earned a medal in the race that was run on a relatively new course.

And, the Cowgirls had to overcome the first and second place finishes by competitors from Christian Heritage.

Lilybet Harmon led the way for the Cowgirls as she finished fourth with a time of 13:43 over the two-mile course.

Juliet Spangler finished 11th among the nearly 90 competitors with a time of 15:16.

Lily York and Katelynn Dabbs finished the race in a near tie. York nosed out her teammate to finish 16th and Dabbs finished 17th. Both finished with as time of 14:31.

Alicen Williams rounded out the medal winners for the Cowgirls by finishing 22nd with a recorded time of 14:51.

Also competing for the Cowgirls were Whittany Spangler, who finished 38th with a time of 16:01 and Grace Stamper who recorded a time of 18:25 and finished 53rd in the crowded field of over 65 runners.

The Cowgirls will be in action again on October 1 when they will travel up the road to Waurika for a meet over the Waurika Golf Course.

Lady Eagles Drop Two Contests Heading Into District Play

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 Hoping to redeem what has been a disappointing season for the Waurika fast-pitch softball team, the Lady Eagles were to have begun play today in the Class A District Tournament at Ringling.

The first round game with Wilson was to have been played at noon today (Thursday). The loser was slated to face Ringling at 1:30 p.m. and the winner plays Ringling today at 3 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament will continue tonight and if only two teams remain, the championship game would be tonight if one of the teams has no losses.

An if necessary game is scheduled for Friday.

Last week the Lady Eagles dropped contests to Geronimo, 4-1, on Monday and to Velma-Alma, 12-5, last Thursday

The Lady Eagles scored in the top of the first against Geronimo as Gracie Walling singled. Hope Cummings also singled and Walling scored by stealing home to give Waurika a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Blue Jays picked up two runs in the bottom of the first as the first two runners reached on errors and eventually came around to score to give Geronimo a 2-1 advantage.

The game stayed at 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning. Three hits and two walks helped the Lady Blue Jays add two more runs to take a 4-1 advantage into the seventh inning.

In the top of the seventh, the Lady Eagles went down in order.

Five different players for Waurika had hits – Liberti Simmons, Faith Roberson, Walling, Cummings and Landry Forsyth.

Against Velma-Alma the Lady Eagles battled on nearly even terms with the Lady Comets until late in the game.

The Lady Comets got on the board first with a four-run uprising in the bottom of the first with the benefit of only two base hits.

The Lady Eagles answered in the top of the second with a pair of runs. Cummings singled and Forsyth singled and Cummings scored on a bases loaded walk by Grace Hill. Forsyth scored on an error and the Lady Eagles had trimmed the lead to 4-2.

V-A came back with a single run in the bottom of the second to increase the lead to 5-2.

Waurika narrowed the lead in the top of the third with a run after Walling reached on an error Forsyth got an RBI-single to put the deficit at 5-3.

The Lady Comets added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a run to put the score at 6-3.

In the top of the fifth, the Lady Eagles scored twice. Walling led off with a walk, Cummings singled and Forsyth singles to load the bases. Riley Howell was hit by a pitch to score Walling and Kinzie Taylor got an RBI-single to cut the Lady Comet lead to 6-5.

In the bottom of the fifth the Lady Comets scored three times taking advantage of two Lady Eagle errors, a walk and two doubles to extend the lead to 9-5.

Waurika could not cut into the deficit in the top of the sixth and V-A added three more runs in the bottom of the inning with a three singles and two Waurika errors.

The Lady Eagles could not score in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Forsyth was outstanding at the plate for the Lady Eagles going 3-for-4 with one run batted in. Cummings had two hits and scored two runs. Walling also scored a pair of runs for the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles had seven hits total, but nine Waurika errors hampered the squad’s ability to stay with the Lady Comets, who had 10 hits and had only two errors in the game.

Cowgirls, Cowboys Drop Contests to Tough Foes to Start 2019

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Ryan’s Cowboy and Cowgirl roundballers in two nights this week faced two tough assignments to start the 2019 portion of the schedule.

 On Tuesday, Ryan hosted Big Pasture and the Cowgirls fell to 14th-ranked Big Pasture, 43-32, while the boys dropped a 78-26 decision to Class B’s sixth-ranked Rangers.

 On Monday, Ryan dropped a pair at Empire as the Cowgirls lost to 20th-ranked Empire, 57-34, while the Cowboys were hammered, 70-36, by the Bulldogs.

The Cowgirls will take a 6-7 record into next week’s action, while the Cowboys are now 4-9 for the season.

 The Ryan squads will return to action on Monday when they host Oklahoma School for the Deaf on Raymon West Court.

 On Tuesday, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to Ringling to battle the Lady Blue Devils and Blue Devils.

One week from Friday the Cowboys and Cowgirls will play host to Frederick – the newest member of the Southern 

Eight Conference.

 In the home contest with Big Pasture, the Cowgirls actually led after the first quarter, 6-4, and maintained the margin at the intermission, 16-14.

 However, in the second half Big Pasture’s Katelynn Laminack and Maddison Rivers found the range from the field and led the Lady Rangers’ rally.

 Laminack had eight of Big Pasture’s 12 third-quarter points to give the Lady Rangers a 26-24 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

 Rivers got hot from behind the arc in the final frame as the Lady Ranger connected on three treys and scored 10 of the 17 Big Pasture points to aid the Lady Rangers in taking command of the game.

The Cowgirls were still close late in the game and had a chance to cut the lead to only four but missed a layup and that forced the Cowgirls to foul in the final minute and Big Pasture connected on four of seven tries from the charity stripe to extend the lead and pick up the win.

 Samantha Good finished with 18 points for the Cowgirls, but was the only player to score in double figures.

 The Cowgirls were only 7-16 from the free throw line and shot only 36% from the field during the game.

Defensively, the Cowgirls recorded 10 steals and only suffered three turnovers in the contest.

 The Rangers proved why they are worthy of their high ranking in Class B as they jumped on the Cowboys for a 52-8 advantage at halftime after rolling up 30 points in the second quarter.

 The Cowboys, who have suffered from shooting woes the entire season, were never in the game. Ryan hit only 27% from the field – including only one of 14 from beyond the arc.

 In the third quarter, the Cowboys scored more than in the first half, but Big Pasture continued to build the lead and led 72-17 heading to the fourth quarter.

 The Rangers managed only six points in the final frame, while the Cowboys managed nine points to set the final margin.

The Cowboys had only 10 attempts from the free throw line, but connected on only three of them for 30%.

Grayson Tomberlin led the Cowboys in scoring with 11 points.

 On Monday, the Cowgirls could never get anything going in the first quarter against Empire. Meanwhile, Empire exploded for 29 first-quarter points to hold a 29-3 lead at the end of the period.

 The Cowgirls actually outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 31-28, over the remaining three quarters, but could not overcome the poor start.

 Three Ryan starters were battling illnesses. Good and Lily York shared scoring honors with 11 points each, but only three other Cowgirls found the scoring column in the game.

 The Cowboys suffered the same fate as the girls’ squad as a poor first-quarter showing left the Cowboys with no chance to win.

The Bulldogs stormed to a 20-3 first quarter lead and although Ryan trimmed the deficit to 32-21 at the half, the Bulldogs outscored Ryan, 38-15, over the final two quarters.

Tomberlin finished with 13 points for the Cowboys and was the only Ryan player to score in double figures.

Big Pasture 43, Ryan 32

            (Girls)

Big Pasture              4          10        12         17–43

Ryan                        6          10         8            8–32

RYAN – Samantha Good 6-4-18, Juliet Spangler 3-1-7, Lily York 2-2-6, Bailee Martin 0-1-1. PF: 17. Three-pointers: Good 2.

Big Pasture 78, Ryan 26

            (Boys)

Big Pasture              22          30         20        6–78

Ryan                        3             5           9         9–26

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 5-0-11, Trey Bryant 2-1-5, Travis Fristoe 2-1-5, Kane Howard 1-0-2, Andrew Villerreal 1-0-2, Caleb Perrin 0-1-1. PF: 12. Three-pointers: Tomberlin.

Empire 57, Ryan 34

            (Girls)

Ryan        3              10            12            9–34

Empire     29            13            4              11–57

RYAN – Samantha Good 4-3-11, Lily York 3-4-11, Juliet Spangler 1-4-7, Alicen Williams 1-0-3, Carter Combs 0-2-2. PF: 15. Three-pointers: Spangler, York, Williams.

Empire 70, Ryan 36

            (Boys)

Ryan         3              18            6              9–36

Empire     20            12            15            23-70

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 3-5-13, Kane Howard 4-0-9, Andrew Villerreal 2-0-4, Daniel Alsup 1-0-3, Gunner Phillips 1-0-2, Kalen Weldon 1-0-2, Travis Fristoe 1-0-2, Landen Alexander 1-0-2. PF: 13. Three-pointers: Tomberlin 2, Howard 2, Alsup.


Lady Eagles See Improvement as 2019 Season Closes

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 First-year head coach Everett Hodges had hoped to see some marked improvement in the Waurika fast-pitch softball program during the 2019 season.

And while the season ended with a less than sterling record at 5-16, the Lady Eagles showed great progress in trying to build the fast-pitch program.

The Lady Eagles were competitive in many more games than in the past couple of seasons and with the entire squad slated to return for the 2020 season, there is much optimism for the program.

The 2019 season came to a close last Thursday in the Class A District Tournament at Ringling.

The Lady Eagles fell in the first round to Wilson, 10-6, and then came back to lose to Ringling, 16-6, in the second game.

In the game with Wilson, the Lady Eagles had plenty of chances but just could not get a key hit when it was needed.

Wilson struck for two runs in the top of the second, but the Lady Eagles answered with a single tally in the bottom half of the first. Liberti Simmons reached on an infield hit and advanced around the bases, helped by an error, to get the first run for the Lady Eagles.

In the top of the second, Wilson added four runs on just two hits as the Lady Eagles fell apart in the field during the uprising giving Wilson a 6-1 lead.

The score remained at 6-1 until the Lady Eagles struck for a run in the bottom of the third inning. Hope Cummings drew a lead-off walk and scored when Riley Howell reached on an error. Waurika eventually loaded the bases, but could not cut into the lead and the inning ended with Waurika trailing, 6-2.

In the top of the fourth, Wilson added another run on a double and an error.

Waurika answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but again a base running miscue and the inability to get a key hit stopped a rally. Gracie Walling reached on a walk and then scored on Landry Forsyth’s double to bring the deficit to 7-3.

Wilson continued to pad the lead as an infield hit, a hit batsman and a double produced two runs to up the lead for Wilson to 9-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Eagles got a leadoff double by Walling and she scored on a ground out by Faith Roberson. The Lady Eagles got a pair of walks, but could not cut into Wilson’s advantage,

In the top of the seventh Wilson picked up another run on two hits and an error.

With the Lady Eagles looking at a 10-5 deficit heading to their final at-bat, it was again the lack of ability to take full advantage of opportunities to score.

One-out singles by Kinzie Taylor and Simmons got the rally started. Walling’s infield hit loaded the bases and Simmons scored on a single by Forsyth after two were out. The game ended with the Lady Eagles leaving the bases loaded.

In the second game against the eventual district tourney champion Ringling, the Lady Blue Devils wasted no time in putting away the Lady Eagles.

Ringling struck for seven runs in the bottom of the first inning with 11 batters coming to the plate. Two errors, two walks, two singles and two doubles along with a passed ball and two stolen bases helped the Lady Blue Devils plate the seven runs.

The Lady Eagles answered in the top of the second inning with four runs of their own. A single by Alana Lewis was followed by a walk by Cassidie Berry and a two-out single by Simmons loaded the bases for the Lady Eagles.

Walling slammed a double to left field that cleared the bases and cut the lead to 7-3. Walling scored on Cummings’ double to leave the Lady Eagles trailing 7-4.

In the bottom of the third, Ringling struck for three more runs on a hit batsman, single, error and a two-run double that increased the Waurika deficit to 10-4.

In the top of the fourth the Lady Eagles scratched a pair of runs. Grace Hill reached on an error and Simmons walked. A two-out double by Cummings scored Hill and Simmons, but the rally ended with Waurika trailing 7-4.

In the bottom of the fourth the Lady Blue Devils ended the game with six runs. Four singles and one error contributed to the uprising that ended the game by the run rule.

Lady Eagle Harriers Have Strong Showing at Velma-Alma

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The eighth-ranked Waurika girls’ cross country squad turned in an impressive performance Tuesday afternoon at the annual Velma-Alma Invitational at the Wildhorse Golf Course.

Waurika finished fourth in the team race behind two Class 3A ranked teams and one ranked Class 4A squad.

Marlow won the meet with 61 points, while Blanchard was second with 120 and Purcell was third with 143 points. The Lady Eagles totaled 156 points – well ahead of the fifth-place team from Latta.

The junior high girls also had an outstanding meet as they earned third place with 124 points. Velma-Alma was the team champion with 29 points and Marlow was the runner up with 103 tallies.

The high school boys were short-handed and did not figure into the team race. The junior high boys also did not have enough participants to compete for the team title.

Three Lady Eagles earned medals in the high school division. Times were not available for today’s race.

Tallin Mora was the top competitor for the Lady Eagles with a 13th-place finish. Also earning medals were Liberti Simmons, who finished 21st and Lexie Streeter, who finished 22nd among the 92 competitors.

Also competing for the Lady Eagles were Faith Roberson (43rd), Hope Cummings (57th), Kacie Reynolds (73rd) and Savana Ritter (87th).

The best finisher for the high school boys was Gustavo Gomez who earned 38th place among the 96 competitors. Cache Arellano finished 46th and Nicolas Alvarado rounded out the Waurika participants with a 67th place finish.

The junior high girls had four medalists in the competition.

Kynlee Waters led the way for the junior high squad with a ninth-place finish. Among the other medal winners were Jaci Gholson (12th), Trish Julian (19th) and Skylar Garrett (29th).

Also competing were Caity Ramsey (55th), Sadie Smith (59th), Niesca Camarillo (62nd) and Tracy Ballard (77th). The junior high girls field featured 98 competitors.

Three junior high boys earned medals in the competition for the Eagles. Isaac Camarillo finished 18th and Aiden Jenkins was right behind with a 19th-place finish. Alex Gomez also won a medal with his 27th-place finish.

Malachi Dodson also competed for the Eagles and finished 72nd. There were 100 competitors in the junior high boys division.

Waurika also had three sixth graders compete in the meet and all three earned medals.

Dallie Young was 15th for the Lady Eagles, while Ryder Watkins and Jaxon Simmons were sixth and ninth, respectively, for the Eagles.

Waurika will next compete on its home course on Tuesday as they will play host to a number of Class 2A and Class 3A squads from this part of the state.

This will be an excellent chance for fans to see these teams run as they head toward the regional meet in the middle of October.

Cowgirl Cross Country Squad Claims Two Meet Titles

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

 The Ryan Cowgirl cross country squad continues its impressive march through the season as they won two meet titles in two days and claimed a runner-up finish last Monday.

Last Friday the fifth-ranked Cowgirls held off Merritt and Waurika to claim the team crown at Frederick.

The next day, the Cowgirls added another team title by outlasting Velma-Alma and Waurika and successfully defending the title won in 2017 at Healdton.

On Monday, the Cowgirls traveled to Sulphur and finished second to Class 4A’s fifth-ranked Pauls Valley squad. The Lady Panthers had 30 points, while Ryan finished with 64 points.

Another impressive feat by the Cowgirls in these three meets in four days is a different runner paced the team in each of the races.

Lilybet Harmon was the top finisher for the Cowgirls at Sulphur. She finished the 2.2-mile course in 15:33.76 and finished seventh overall. The time set a school record for this distance (not many meets run a 2.2-mile course) set a year ago at the same meet by Holland Carter, who ran a 16:18.79 time.

Not far behind Harmon was Lily York. She finished 10th with a time of 15:52.40.

Juliet Spangler was 12th in the race with a time of 15:58.18 and Carter was 16th with a time of 16:22.49. Katelyn Dabbs recorded a 26th-place finish and a time of 17:38.15.

Alicen Williams finished 41st in the race that featured 64 runners.

Last Saturday at Healdton it was Spangler leading the way for the Cowgirls on the 3,200-meter course in claiming the team title.

Spangler finished third in the individual race and Harmon was right behind in fourth place. Carter was sixth, Dabbs finished seventh and York was eighth giving the Cowgirls four top 10 finishers.

Williams rounded out the Cowgirl competitors by finishing just one spot from earning a medal as she recorded a 26th-place finish.

Times were not available for the meet at Frederick or Saturday’s competition at Healdton.

At Healdton it was Dabbs, a freshman, claiming her best finish of the season. Dabbs nabbed fifth place in the race and Harmon and Spangler were right behind at sixth and seventh place, respectively.

York finished in 10th place, while Carter came in 12th place. Williams finished 30th in the competition.

Sixth place in a team race is not normally considered a very impressive finish, but for the Ryan Cowgirls’ sixth-place finish at Velma-Alma’s cross country meet a week ago Tuesday was quite a performance.

The five teams that finished in front of the Cowgirls were all Class 4A teams and all of them are ranked among the top 11 in that class in the state. It was an extremely competitive meet in the high school girls’ division with 23 teams and over 200 runners entered in the meet.

Ryan finished with 202 points, which was well behind Ardmore Plainview’s meet-winning total of 49 points. Tuttle finished fifth ahead of the Cowgirls with 156 points.

Another indication the meet was a tough one was despite the sixth-place team finish, none of the Cowgirls earned a medal by finishing in the top 25.

Spangler led the Cowgirls’ effort and finished just out of earning a medal with a 26th-place showing. She finished with a time of 14:01.

Not far behind was Dabbs who managed to finish 35th with a time of 14:22. Harmon was just two seconds behind Dabbs and finished 36th. Carter was 46th with a time of 14:43 and York was 59th with a time of 15:00.

Alicen Williams also competed for the Cowgirls, but her finish did not count in the team total. Williams was 100th with a time of 16:41.

The finish by the Cowgirls was also impressive because two of the girls had been battling illness just the day before the meet.

The Cowgirls will next compete in the Cameron University meet at the Big Green Soccer Complex in Lawton. This will be the final meet of the year until the Class 2A regional on October 13.

The junior high boys’ team competed in the meets at Sulphur, Healdton and Frederick. The Cowboys recorded a fifth-place team finish at Sulphur and earned runner up honors at Healdton.

Ryan Junior High Results

At Sulphur

BOYS: 20. Koble Lewis, 8:03.34; 23. Tommy Self, 8:15.59; 30. Alex Uribe, 8:35.95; 32. Mason Adsit, 8:39.79; 47. Landon Alexander; 59. Adan Uribe

GIRLS: 6. Jasmine Villarreal, 31. Whittany Spangler.

At Healdton

BOYS: Mason Adsit, Alex Urbie, Carson Williams, Tommy Self, Aidan Urbie.

GIRLS: 4. Jasmine Villarreal; 14. Whittany Spangler

At Frederick

GIRLS: 12. Jasmine Villerreal (medalists only)

BOYS: 23. Koble Lewis (medalists only)

Cowboys Set to Open District Play

It is time for serious football for the Ryan Cowboys.

 Tomorrow night the Cowgirls will host Empire for a

District B-4 contest at Bob Givens Sports Complex.

 Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

 The Cowboys will take a 3-2 record into the game with the Bulldogs, while Empire is 2-3 on the year.

 Ryan enjoyed a bye week last week and no doubt first-year head coach Tony Tomberlin helped identify the areas the Cowboys have struggled this year during the extra practice sessions.

 The break also gave the Cowboys opportunity to head from nagging mid-season injuries.

 This will be the first meeting between Ryan and Empire on the gridiron since 1977 when Ryan last played 11-man football.

 Empire dropped to eight-man football last season and made a playoff appearance in its first year.

The Bulldogs were the pre-season favorite in most polls to win the district title.