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)

Ryan Honors Seniors

Photo by Sheree Hanson

Ryan Seniors were honored recently at a home ball game!

Ryan Seniors (l-r) Morgan McGhghy (parents Mr. and Mrs. David McGhghy behind her), Tate Kimbro (parents Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kimbro – Mom-Jamie and sister Shaylee stand behind him), Dawson Tomberlin (parents Mr. and Mrs. Tony Tomberlin behind him), River Williams (son of Eric and Carmen Griffin, and Dale and Felecia Williams), Joseph Martin (parents Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Martin behind him), Mackenzie Lewis (parents Mr. and Mrs. Brad Lewis behind her), Cassidy Charmasson (paretns Mr. and Mrs. Josh Charmasson behind her).

Cowgirls Claim Second Team Meet Title of the Season

The Ryan Cowgirl cross country team came away with the team title of the Healdton Invitational last Saturday in a dominating performance – their second team title of the season.
Ryan also won the team title at the Waurika meet a few weeks ago.
The Cowgirls finished with 30 points at Healdton and the host school was a distance second at 43 and Davis was third with 52 points.
Next up for the Cowgirls will be the Class 2A Regional Cross Country meet at Velma-Alma on Saturday.
Every member of the Cowgirl squad medaled at the Healdton meet held at Healdton Lake in either the varsity or junior varsity division.
The Cowgirls snared the team title buoyed by a second, third and fourth place finish.
Holland Carter led the way for the Cowgirls by finishing the course in 12:50.
Juliet Spangler was right behind in third place with a time of 13:01 and Lilybet Harmon was fourth with a 13:40time.
Rounding out the team finishes for the Cowgirls were Lily York and Samantha Good. York was 11th with a time of 14:17 and Good nabbed 20th place with a 16:15 mark.
In the junior varsity division, Emily Lowry was fifth and Savannah Lashley was seventh. Both earned medals, also.
Ryan, which was ranked 13th in Class 2A heading into the Healdton meet, finished ahead of 35th-ranked Healdton and Class 3A’s 26th-ranked Davis.
A week ago Tuesday the Cowgirls turned in an impressive performance at the Velma-Alma Invitational at the Wildhorse Golf Course.
The Cowgirls finished sixth in the team race, but all the schools ahead of them were ranked in the top 20 in Class 4A or Class 3A.
Class 4A’s top-ranked squad, Ardmore Plainview, won the title with 19 points, while Class 4A’s fifth-ranked Pauls Valley squad was a distant second with 101 points. Ryan totaled 208 points in the crowded meet.
The Cowgirls had three runners earn medals.
Carter and Spangler finished 23rd and 24th, respectively, and ran less than a second of each other with a time of 14:23.
Harmon also earned a medal with a 25th-place finish in a time of 14:27 over the 3,200-meter course.
York finished 39th with a time of 15:22 and Good rounded out the team finishers by finishing 90th.
Also competing for the Cowgirls were Lashley who finished 127th and Lowry who was 130th.
The meet drew a crowded field because Velma-Alma will serve as the host of the regional for Class 2A, 3A and 4A on Saturday.
The Class 2A field which will feature Ryan and Waurika will be a tough one.
Cordell is the top-ranked Class 2A squad and will be competing at Velma-Alma.
Hobart and Velma-Alma will also send strong squads to the meet which will qualify runners for the state meet the next weekend.
The top seven teams in the meet will qualify for the state meet as well as the top seven individuals not on a qualifying team.

Waurika Gets Track Season Started at Velma-Alma Meet


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

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

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

The Waurika boys did not score at the meet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cowgirls Fall in District Title Game to Central High


Central High raced to a 14-2 first quarter lead and never looked back in earning the district title over the Ryan Cowgirls last Saturday at the Central High gym.

The Lady Bronchos earned a 47-21 decision to advance into the regional tourney that begins today.

Ryan also advances to today’s regional tournament in the consolation bracket.

The Cowgirls were to have met Ringling at 1:30 p.m. today at Central High. The winner will advance and the loser’s season will end.

If the Cowgirls get by Ringling they would play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Union City.

In the district championship game the Cowgirls came into the contest with one girl diagnosed with the flu and another player with flu-like symptoms. This severely limited the Cowgirls’ attempt to pull off an upset and claim the district crown.

After dominating the first quarter, the Lady Bronchos ended the second quarter with Meagan Anderson hitting two treys – her second and third of the quarter – to give Central High an insurmountable 27-7 advantage at the half.

The Cowgirls came out of the locker room and scored the first three points of the third quarter to close the gap to 27-10, but that was as close as the Cowgirls would get the rest of the contest.

Lily York led the Cowgirls with 13 points, but nine of those points came from the charity stripe.

Anderson had 13 for Central High and she was one of nine players that scored for the Lady Bronchos.

The Cowgirls earned the spot in the championship game by upsetting the second seed Bray-Doyle, 46-31, last Friday at Central High.

In Friday’s game, the Cowgirls fell behind 7-2 in the first quarter, but two buckets by Samantha Good narrowed the gap to 7-6 at the end of the period.

The Lady Donkeys kept the Cowgirls at bay during the second quarter with the biggest led coming at the 3:42 mark when Kyndalin Byrd sank two charity tosses to build the lead to 14-9.

The Cowgirls were the only team to score the rest of the half and that came on a York free throw with 1:41 left in the half to put the margin at 14-10 heading to the intermission.

Bray-Doyle extended the lead to six in the early moments of the second quarter, but a three-point play and a layup by York put Ryan within one at 16-15 with 5:59 left in the third quarter.

It was at this point the Cowgirls took over the contest with a 11-6 spurt to close the third quarter.

The Lady Donkeys were able to cut into the lead and trailed 31-28 with 4:50 left in the game, but that was as close as Bray-Doyle would get the rest of the night.

Juliet Spangler connected on two charity tosses and Kenzie Lewis drained a trey to build the lead to 36-28 – the biggest of the night at that point.

Bray-Doyle would cut the lead to five at the 3:02 mark, but two free throws by Good and another layup by York gave Ryan a 40-31 advantage with 2:43 to play and from that point it was a matter of hitting enough free throws to thwart any hope of a rally by Bray-Doyle.

Down the stretch the Cowgirls connected on only six of 12 free throw attempts, but the Lady Donkeys could not take advantage of the misses partly due to missing four charity tosses during the same time frame.

The largest lead of the game was the final score that gave the Ryan a 15-point cushion. Good closed out the scoring with two free throws with :27.4 left in the game.

York led the way for the Cowgirls with 15 points, while Good contributed 12 and Spangler added 10.

The Cowgirls only shot 55 percent from the charity stripe, but were outstanding taking care of the basketball with only nine turnovers.

The Cowgirls committed only two turnovers in the second half, while Bray-Doyle had 20 turnovers for the game – 13 of them in the second half.

Ryan also held a 34-32 advantage in rebounding.

The Cowboys suffered a 50-42 upset at the hands of Bray-Doyle last Friday at Central High in the first round of district tourney play.

Bray-Doyle avenged a 30-point loss to the Cowboys with the upset victory.

The Cowboys led throughout the first half holding a 19-9 lead at the 4:40 mark of the second quarter when Dawson Tomberlin connected on a three-point field goal.

A Grayson Tomberlin layup with 1:51 left before the break gave Ryan another 10-point lead, but Curtis Cox connected on a trey for Bray-Doyle with 1:21 to play in the half to set the halftime score at 24-17.

The second half, however, was a nightmare for the Cowboys as they could simply not score.

G. Tomberlin opened the second half with a steal and a layup that put the Cowboys in front, 26-17, but the Donkeys answered with a bucket.

At the 5:16 mark, G. Tomberlin connected on a 10-footer giving Ryan a 28-19 advantage but from that point the Donkeys controlled the rest of the quarter.

The Donkeys went on a 14-5 run to end the third quarter and knot the game at 33 to begin the final period.

The Cowboy defense went to sleep in the final frame as the Donkeys hit five layups during the fourth quarter en route to outscoring the Cowboys, 17-9, in the quarter.

The Donkeys overcame 23 turnovers, but 15 of them were committed in the first half.

The Donkeys managed to get the victory despite hitting only 12 of 26 free throw attempts, but the Cowboys were not any better connecting on only nine of 21 attempts.

G. Tomberlin and Tate Kimbro each had eight points to lead the Cowboys in scoring.


The Cowboys dropped to 71-66 in district tournament games since first entering the district tournament in 1929….It was only the second meeting between the Cowboys and Donkeys in a district tournament and the Donkeys have won both games….The five wins for the Cowboys is the fewest since the 2009 season when Ryan managed only a pair of victories for the season….The loss to the Donkeys snapped a three-game winning streak by the Cowboys….Playing their final game in a Cowboy basketball uniform were Joseph Martin, Dawson Tomberlin, River Williams and Tate Kimbro…The Cowgirls are now 62-62 in district tourney games in school history and hold a 20-24 mark in district championship games….Ryan’s girls are 0-2 against Central High in district tourney games….The Cowgirls have lost five of the last six meetings with Central High….The 21 points scored by the Cowgirls is the fewest points in a district tourney game since 2000 when the Cowgirls could manage only 19 points against Waurika….The victory for the Cowgirls over Bray-Doyle was the first meeting ever between the two schools in a district tournament.

Central High 47, Ryan 21 (Girls)

Ryan                2          5          7          7–21

Central High      14         13         7          13–47

RYAN – Kenzie Lewis 0-1-1, Juliet Spangler 2-1-5, Lily York 2-9-13, Samantha Good 0-2-2. PF: 13.

CENTRAL HIGH – Megan Anderson 5-0-13, Kylee Sparks 2-2-7, Leigha Harris 2-1-5, Charlcie Parker 2-0-4, Kelsi Clement 1-0-3, Marissa Guttenby 2-0-4, Madi Kuntz 2-0-4, Brea Edens 1-2-4, Erica Minden 1-0-3. Three-pointers: Anderson 3, Sparks, Clement, Minden. PF: 21.

Ryan 46, Bray-Doyle 31 (Girls)

Ryan                6          4          16         20–46

Bray-Doyle        7          7          8          9–31

RYAN – Lily York 4-7-15, Samantha Good 4-4-12, Juliet Spangler 3-4-10, Kenzie Lewis 2-1-7, MacKenzie Keith 1-0-2. Three-pointers: Lewis 2. PF: 18.

BRAY-DOYLE – Kyndalin Byrd 2-5-9, Alyson Long 2-1-7, J-Cee Edwards 3-0-7, Sydney Kovar 1-1-4, Tristen Spivey 2-0-4. Three-pointers: Long 2, Edwards, Kovar. PF: 25.

Bray-Doyle 50, Ryan 42 (Boys)

Bray-Doyle        7          10         16         17–50

Ryan                8          16         9          7–42

BRAY-DOYLE – Skyler Cash 4-3-14, Curtis Cox 4-3-12, Chris Anderson 4-0-8, Mark Killborne 2-3-7, Justin Miller 3-0-6, Tyler Anderson 0-3-3. Three-pointers: Cash 3, Cox. PF: 18.

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 4-0-8, Tate Kimbro 3-2-8, Joseph Martin 3-1-7, Skyler Parkhill 3-0-6, Dawson Tomberlin 1-

2-5, Andrew Villerreal 2-0-4, Brock Smith 0-4-4. Three-pointers: D. Tomberlin. PF: 22

Ryan Gets Double Overtime Victory Over Waurika

Ryan vs Waurika Photo by Sheree Hanson

Very seldom in the history of this rivalry has a game lived up to expectations especially in terms of being a close game. But, the 60th edition of the series between Ryan and Waurika did not disappoint in living up to expectations as Ryan came away with a 44-36 double overtime victory last Friday night at Bob Givens Sports Complex.

Both teams return to action tonight (Thursday) with Ryan traveling to Bray-Doyle and Waurika hosting Central High in another big game for the Eagles.

Ryan moved to 5-2 on the year and 2-0 in district play, while Waurika dropped to 3-4 and 1-1 in district competition.

The contest last Friday was one where both teams put forth supreme effort with Waurika jumping out to a big advantage and Ryan coming back in the second half to even the score and send the game into overtime.

The fast-pace Waurika offense gave the Cowboys problems most of the night, but several costly miscues running the offense led to failed two-point conversions and loss of yards at crucial times.

The Cowboys overcame four turnovers that helped the Eagles get out to a three touchdown lead in the first half.

The Cowboys had to drive 69 yards with no timeouts and only 1:14 showing on the clock to tie the score in the fourth quarter. But exactly one minute later the Cowboys got the game-tying score.

Earlier in the game every time the Cowboys made a charge, the Eagles answered with a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter.

Ryan got off to a good start after a Waurika onside kick recovered by the Cowboys gave them excellent field position.

It took the Cowboys 12 plays to drive 53 yards as Grayson Tomberlin scored from two yards out to cap the drive. The two-point conversion failed, but Ryan held a 6-0 advantage with 6:07 left in the first quarter.

The Eagles immediately answered.

Waurika took possession of the kickoff at their own 24 and drove 76 yards in just eight plays.

Quarterback Aaron Nitka found Seth Cathey for a 24-yard pass and catch for the score. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score knotted at 6-6 with 4:02 left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff the Cowboys misplayed the ball and also were penalized for holding sending the Cowboys back to their own eight-yard line to start the drive.

A key third-down conversion on G. Tomberlin’s pass to Wesley Clark got the Cowboys out of the shadow of their end zone, but a fumbled snap at their own 47 yard line that was recovered by Waurika’s Scott Showalter ending the Cowboys’ hopes of regaining the lead.

The Eagles did not waste much time in taking advantage of the turnover.

Waurika drove 43 yards in eight plays – overcoming two holding penalties – to get the go-ahead score.

Kevin Garcia covered the final eight yards on the ground to put Waurika up, 12-6, with 11:13 left in the second quarter. The two-point conversion failed.

The Cowboys’ next possession also ended in a turnover. Garcia picked off an errant Cowboy pass and returned it 24 yards to give Waurika the ball at the Ryan 40 yard line.

Waurika scored in seven plays – overcoming another holding penalty and a sack. Aaron Nitka found Colton Bryant for a 37-yard touchdown pass to give Waurika an 18-6 lead with 3:28 left before the half.

The Eagles attempted another onside kick, but it was recovered by the Cowboys’ Kalen Weldon.

However, on Ryan’s first play – a pass completion to Weldon – was fumbled and the Eagle defender fought off Weldon for the ball to set Waurika up again with a short field.

On the first play after the turnover, Nitka found Hunter Wesberry wide open for a 41-yard touchdown pass with 3:12 still left before the half. The two-point conversion once again failed, but Waurika held a commanding 24-6 lead.

Weldon recovered yet another Waurika onside kickoff attempt giving the Cowboys excellent field position at the Ryan 42-yard line. Another third down completion, a 16-yard run and a Waurika personal foul penalty helped the Cowboys move to the Waurika seven.

G. Tomberlin capped the 58-yard drive with a seven-yard scamper for the score diving into the right corner of the end zone with just 30 seconds left in the half. The Cowboys tried a halfback pass for the two-point conversion, but the receiver ran the wrong way and the pass fell incomplete

However, the Cowboys had narrowed the gap to 24-12 heading into intermission.

On the opening drive of the second half, the Eagles moved from their own eight to the Waurika 42 before the drive stalled. On fourth down the Eagles faked a punt, but the pass from Turner Mora to Cathey was stopped for no gain giving Ryan the ball.

In just four plays the Cowboys drove the distance with G. Tomberlin finishing off the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run. The two point conversion failed, but with 7:34 left in the third quarter Ryan had narrowed the score to 24-18.

The Eagles’ next drive ended at the Ryan 24 when a fourth-down play was stopped by the Cowboy defense after an errant snap from scrimmage by the Eagles.

The Cowboys could not take advantage as Cathey recovered another Ryan fumble at the Ryan 48 to give Waurika an opportunity to increase the lead.

The Eagles did exactly that.

In just five plays – aided by a Ryan personal foul penalty – Waurika went the distance for the score. Cathey capped the drive with a one-yard run.

On the two-point conversion the Eagles completed a pass, but the receiver was ruled to be ineligible and on the second try, the Eagles’ rushing attempt was thwarted leaving the score at 30-18 with 1:27 left in the third quarter.

The Cowboys took possession at the Cowboy 25 after the kickoff return and were able to drive 75 yards in eight plays. G. Tomberlin found River Williams for a 29-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed again, but Ryan had narrowed the gap to 36-30 with 7:16 left in the game.

Waurika set up its next possession at the Eagle 48 following a 28-yard kickoff return by Mora. The Eagles were able to drive to the Ryan 37, but on fourth down, G. Tomberlin intercepted a pass and the Cowboys took over.

After two incomplete passes and a bad snap that resulted in a 17-yard loss, the Cowboys were forced to punt and Waurika took over with only 5:12 left in the game.

The Eagles were able to drive to the Ryan 16, but a penalty and two plays that resulted in losses of 10 yards put the Eagles in a fourth-and-23 situation.

The fourth down pass fell incomplete giving Ryan the ball at the Cowboys’ 31-yard line with 1:14 left.

This is where G. Tomberlin went to work for the tying score. A key fourth down pass to Williams resulted in a first down at the Waurika 47.

On first down, G. Tomberlin found his brother Dawson and the Cowboy back caught the pass and rambled 32 yards before being brought down at the Waurika 15.

G. Tomberlin spiked the ball on first down leaving the Cowboys with 26 seconds to try to tie the game.

A second down pass fell incomplete with 21 seconds left setting up a third down.

G. Tomberlin was able to find Skyler Parkhill in the back of the end zone for a 15-yard scoring pass that tied the score with 14 seconds left.

The quarterback sneak on the two-point conversion was stopped just short of the goal line to deprive the Cowboys of the win in regulation.

In the first overtime period, the Eagles took possession first and lost five yards on first down. A second-down pass fell incomplete and after a third down play resulted in a penalty pushing the Eagles back to the Ryan 20.

The third down pass was incomplete as Nitka was under heavy pressure. The fourth down pass was intercepted by Williams to end Waurika’s first overtime possession.

The Cowboys’ first two plays from scrimmage resulted in six yards to the Ryan 4, but a third down pitch was errant causing D. Tomberlin to lose his balance resulting in a three-yard loss.

A fourth down pass fell incomplete ending the first overtime.

The Cowboys got the ball first in the second overtime and G. Tomberlin covered the 10 yards on the first play from scrimmage with a run right up the middle for the score. The two-point conversion-pass from G. Tomberlin to D. Tomberlin was good to put the Cowboys in front, 44-36.

Waurika threatened to score in its possession as a first down play resulted in a six-yard gain by Cathey. Nitka’s lateral to Mora resulted in three yards with the Cowboys making the stop at the one.

A third-down rush resulted in a loss of two yards and on fourth and three, the Eagles fumbled the snap and the ball rolled around before being recovered at the Ryan seven.

That sent the Cowboy bench and the home crowd into a frenzied celebration.

Nitka was outstanding at quarterback for the Eagles as he was able to pick apart the Cowboys’ secondary – especially in the first half. Nitka finished the night with 21 of 36 for 349 yards and three touchdowns.

Cathey, the outstanding senior tight end for the Eagles, finished with nine catches for 119 yards and one touchdown. He also added a touchdown on the ground.

G. Tomberlin, the Cowboys’ freshman signal-caller, finished the night with 99 yards rushing on 21 attempts and four touchdowns. He connected on 10 of his 19 attempts for 224 yards and three touchdowns giving him a hand in every Ryan touchdown.

HIGHWAY 81 RIVALRY MUSINGS: The 362 yards passing by the Eagles is the second most ever by a Ryan opponent….The 44 points scored by the Cowboys ties the mark for most points scored in the series with the Eagles….Both teams had over 400 total yards of offense – 465 for Waurika and 403 for Ryan….The Eagles had only four runs of 10 yards or more in 39 attempts, while Ryan was not much better with six runs of 10 or more yards in 21 attempts…The 224 yards passing by the Cowboys was the eighth most in school history….The 224 yards passing by G. Tomberlin is also the eighth best mark in school history….Waurika still leads the series with the Cowboys, 40-17-3….The eight-man meetings have resulted in each team having three wins….This was the first time in 60 meetings a game has gone into overtime since the rule was instituted in 1975…The overtime game for Ryan was the first for the Cowboys since 2007, while Waurika’s last extra-period game was in 2010…This game was one of only three games across Oklahoma that went into overtime last week…The 36 points scored by Waurika is the third most points scored in a losing cause in school history behind the 54 points scored last year against Seiling and the 39 points scored against Ringling in 1980…The Eagles also scored 36 in a loss to Cyril in 2013…Waurika converted Ryan’s first three turnovers into scores in building a 24-6 advantage in the first half of the game…The Eagles also scored after Ryan’s fourth turnover….The win by the Cowboys breaks a three-game winning streak by Waurika in this series….A large crowd witnessed this thriller – possibly as many as 800 fans were at the game.

Ryan Basketball Squads Wrap Up Regular Season in a Flurry


It was a mad dash to the end of the regular season for the Ryan Cowboys and Cowgirls as they played four contests in eight days in preparation to enter the post-season.

On Tuesday night the Cowboys and Cowgirls dropped a doubleheader at Empire after having swept Temple last Friday night on Senior Night on Raymon West Court.

Last Thursday, the two teams traveled to Turner and split a doubleheader and a week ago Tuesday, Ryan dropped both contests to Geronimo at home.

The Cowboys will enter district play with a 5-16 mark, while the Cowgirls hold a 7-14 record.

The seven wins by the Cowgirls is more victories than the previous two seasons combined.

Here’s a brief look at each contest from the last seven days of action:

Empire 59, Ryan 40 (Boys)

The Bulldogs and Cowboys battled to a 9-9 tie after one quarter, but Empire heated up in the second quarter to seize control of the contest.

The Bulldogs opened the second quarter on a 14-0 run and it wasn’t until Joseph Martin connected on a layup with 4:08 before halftime that Ryan was able to narrow the gap to 23-11.

Empire quickly answered with a bucket and scored six straight and was never threatened again.

The Bulldogs took advantage of 11 Ryan turnovers in the quarter and held a 35-13 advantage at intermission.

The Cowboys trailed 54-24 at the end of the third quarter, but were able to trim the deficit by outscoring the Bulldogs, 16-5, in the final quarter.

Grayson Tomberlin tied his season high with 17 points to lead the Cowboys. He was the only player in double figures.

Empire 59, Ryan 49 (Girls)

The lack of depth that has plagued the Cowgirls through most of the 2018 season reared its ugly head again at Empire.

The Cowgirls battled with the Class 2A Lady Bulldogs through most of the game, but could not finish.

Both teams were tied at 13 after one quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs forged to a seven-point advantage with 3:29 left in the first half.

Juliet Spangler completed a three-point play to trim the lead back to 26-22 with 2:53 before halftime and Kenzie Lewis’ layup with six seconds left brought the Cowgirls to within three at 29-26 going into the break.

Samantha Good opened the third quarter with a three-point basket to tie the score, Spangler connected on a short turnaround jumper and Good hit a short jumper to give the Cowgirls a 33-29 lead with 4:52 left in the third quarter.

Layups by MacKenzie Keith and Lily York gave Ryan its biggest lead of the game at 37-29 at the four-minute mark.

However, the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Cowgirls 13-3 the rest of the third quarter to hold a 42-40 advantage heading into the final quarter.

The Cowgirls pulled to within one point on two occasions in the fourth quarter – the last with 6:05 left in the game when York converted on one of two free throws.

The Lady Bulldogs pulled away from there outscoring the Cowgirls 14-5 to secure the win.

Missed free throws again hampered the Cowgirls as they missed nine attempts from the charity stripe in the final quarter.

York led the Cowgirls in scoring with 15 points, while Good added 11 points. Empire’s Korie Allensworth, a sophomore, led the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points.

Ryan 67, Temple 38 (Boys)

It was a good final home appearance for four Ryan seniors – River Williams, Tate Kimbro, Dawson Tomberlin and Martin.

The Cowboys got off to a 12-5 advantage after one quarter and the Tigers narrowed the gap to 14-10 on Quinzell Tisdale’s two free throws at the 4:25 mark of the second quarter.

However, from there the Cowboys took control and close the half on an 11-0 run to lead 27-11 at the half.

Skyler Parkhill converted a traditional three-point play with just 2.5 seconds left in the third quarter to give Ryan its largest lead of the game – 52-19.

The Cowboys overcame the outstanding performance by Tisdale and he dominated play for the Tigers. He finished with 33 of the team’s 38 points.

Ryan had five players in double figures with Martin leading the way with 15 tallies.

The Cowboys dominated the boards with a 56-26 advantage and many of those came on the offensive end of the court as Ryan outscored Temple, 18-0, on second chance points.

The 56 rebounds ties the school record for most rebounds in a game. The Cowboys hauled down 56 boards in a 2006 game against Grandfield.

The three highest scoring games for the Cowboys in the 2018 season have come against the Tigers and Ryan has now won seven of the last eight meetings with Temple.

Ryan 54, Temple 8 (Girls)

The Cowgirls said goodbye to their lone senior – Lewis – in resounding fashion by totally dominating an outmanned Lady Tiger squad.

The Cowgirls overcame the physical play of the Lady Tigers for a record-setting win. The eight points scored by Temple ties the school record for fewest points in a game by an opponent set in a 1946 game with Sugden.

The Cowgirl defense was stifling throughout the game as Temple did not score a field goal until 44 seconds remained in the third quarter.

Temple was whistled for 25 fouls in the contest – 12 of them in the first quarter. The Cowgirls, however, could only hit seven of 18 three throws in the quarter, but it helped them gain a 12-1 lead and at that point the game was essentially decided.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

The overwhelming victory was secured despite a less than stellar shooting performance by the Cowgirls. Ryan was only 14 of 34 from the charity stripe for the game (41%) and connected on only 18 of 61 from the field – a dismal 29.5%.

But, the Cowgirls played nearly flawless in most other categories. Ryan had a season-low six turnovers, while Temple recorded 27.

Ryan outrebounded the Lady Tigers, 52-27, to set the school record for most rebounds in a game. The previous mark was 43 set last year against Temple.

The rebound edge helped the Cowgirls own a 12-0 advantage on second chance points.

The 54 points scored was the highest point total this season for the Cowgirls.

York led the Cowgirls in scoring with 21 points and she contributed four steals. Good added 11 points and Spangler contributed eight points and led the Cowgirls in rebounding with 13 boards.

This was only the second time this season the Cowgirls have won two games in a row.

Turner 40, Ryan 23 (Boys)

The Cowboys suffered from cold-shooting from the field and could not stay up with the Falcons.

Turner jumped out to a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and maintained the margin at the half taking an 18-12 lead into the locker room.

The teams battled on even terms through the third quarter as the Falcons clung to a 27-21 lead, but outscored the Cowboys, 13-2, in the final quarter to secure the win.

The Cowboys were without two players – including one starter.

Andrew Villerreal was the leading scoring for the Cowboys with eight points.

The loss to Turner snapped a three-game winning streak over the Falcons.

Ryan 40, Turner 30 (Girls)

Despite shooting only nine of 19 from the free throw line, the Cowgirls snapped a three-game losing streak with a big victory over the Lady Falcons.

The Cowgirls built a 24-19 lead at the half and then got two critical treys from Good to help extend the lead to 33-25 heading into the fourth quarter.

Good returned to the Cowgirl squad after missing six games with an injury. She led the Cowgirls in scoring with 15 points – one of three Cowgirls in double figures.

Spangler and York each had 10 tallies for the Cowgirls.

The win avenged an earlier 19-point loss to the Lady Falcons in the Healdton Tournament and it ended a five-game losing streak to Turner.

Geronimo 56, Ryan 37 (Boys)

The Cowgirls fell behind 16-4 in the first quarter against the talented Blue Jays and were never really in the contest.

Geronimo increased the lead with 29-10 at the half and held the Cowboys at bay in the second half as each team scored 27 points.

Brock Smith and Villerreal each had eight points to lead the Cowboys in scoring.

The Cowboys have dropped four of the last five meetings with Geronimo.

Geronimo 45, Ryan 33

It was another tough night shooting for the Cowgirls in this fifth straight loss to the Lady Blue Jays.

Geronimo raced to a 26-5 advantage at the half thanks to six three-pointers – four of which came in the second quarter.

The Cowgirls could not keep pace as they connected on only one field goal in the first half.

After trailing 21-6 heading into the fourth quarter, the Cowgirls somewhat found the range and outscored Geronimo, 21-6 to cut the final margin to 12 points.

York paced the Cowgirls in scoring with 16 points – including two treys and four of four from the free throw line.

The Cowgirls have suffered from a lack of depth the entire season and only suited six players for this contest.

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.

Cowgirl Softball Squad Picks Up Pair of Victories


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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