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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ryan Girls, Waurika Boys Take Title at Waurika Meet

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

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

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

Only 26 runners participated in the high school boys division.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lexie Streeter and Asia Smith
Photo by Joe Masoner

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

Liberty Simmons
Photo by Joe Masoner

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

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

Alex Gomez
Photo by Joe Masoner

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

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

Aubree Showalter
Photo by Joe Masoner

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

Waurika Junior High Results

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

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

Trent Arellano (left)
Photo by Joe Masoner

Ryan Junior High Results

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

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

Eagle Thinclads Earn 10th Place Finish at State Meet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madison Roberson

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

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

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

Asia Smith

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

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

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

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

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

Waurika 5th & 6th Grade Track Results 3/30/18

Long Jump 5th Boys

1st- Aiden White(Waurika)

2nd-Lucas Boyd(Waurika)

3rd-Xavier Guzman (Ryan)

6th- C. Rodriguez

High Jump 5th Boys

2nd- Koble Lewis (Ryan)

3rd-Xavier Guzman(Ryan)

Shot 5th Boys

1st-Guzman(Ryan)

2nd- Rodriguez (Ryan)

3rd- Townsend (Waurika)

5th- Clubb (Waurika)

6th- Graham (Waurika)

High Jump 5th Boys

2nd- Koble Lewis(Ryan)

3rd- Xavier Guxman(Ryan)

Discus 5th Boys

1st- Xavier Guzman(Ryan)

2nd- Tyson Graham(Waurika)

3rd- Will Townsend(Waurika)

4th-Carsen Rodriguez(Ryan)

5th- Jaden Clubb(Waurika)

400 Relay 5th Boys

1st- Waurika

110 Hurdles 5th Boys

1st- Rodriguez(Ryan)

800 Relay 5th Boys

1st- Waurika

800 Meter 5th Boys

2nd- Boyd (Waurika)

3rd- Lewis (Ryan

4th- Roy(Waurika)

5th- Rodriguez(Ryan)

100 Meter 5th Grade Boys

2nd- Townsend(Waurika)

3rd- Rodriguez(Ryan)

5th- Guzman(Ryan)

400 Meter 5th Boys

1st- White(Waurika)

2nd- Boyd(Waurika)

200 Meter 5th Boys

1st- White(Waurika)

2nd- Barenthin(Waurika)

4th- Townsend(Waurika)

5th- Myers(Waurika)

1600 Meter 5th Boys

2nd- Roy(Waurika)

1600 Relay 5th Boys

1st- Waurika

Long Jump 5th Girls

1st- Caitlyn Ramsey(Waur)

3rd- Saddie Smith(Waur)

6th-Charly Sellers(Waur)

Shot 5th Girls

1st- Henry (Waurika)

2nd- Torrez(Waurika)

4th- Weaver(Waurika)

5th- Reynolds(Waurika)

6th- Garcia(Waurika)

Discus 5th Girls

1st-Jasmine Henry(Waur)

2nd- Riley Torrez(Waur)

3rd-Reese Reynolds(Wau)

6th-Sierra Weaver(Waur)

400 Relay 5th Girls

2nd- Waurika

100 Hurdles

2nd- Charmasson(Ryan)

800 Relay 5th Girls

1st- Waurika

800 Meter

1st- Ramsey(Waurika)

2nd- Smith(Waurika)

3rd- Sellers(Waurika)

4th Combs(Ryan)

100 Meter 5th Girls

1st- Romero(Waurika)

2nd- Ballard(Waurika)

3rd- Charmasson(Ryan)

4th- Foster(Waurika)

400 Meter

1st- Smith(Waurika)

2nd- Vella(Waurika)

4th-Combs(Ryan)

200 Meter 5th Girls

1st- Ramsey(Waurika)

2nd- Romero(Waurika)

3rd- Foster(Waurika)

4th- Charmasson(Ryan)

5th- Torrez(Waurika)

1600 Meter 5th Girls

1st- Sellers(Waurika)

3rd- Holmes(Ryan)

1600 Relay 5th Girls

1st- Waurika

Long Jump 6th Boys

6th- Carson Williams(Ryan)

High Jump 6th Boys

1st- Carson Williams(Ryan)

3rd- Racen Williams(Ryan)

Shot 6th Boys

4th- Williams(Ryan)

Discus 6th Boys

3rd- Carson Williams(Ryan)

5th- Racen Williams(Ryan)

6th- Braden Bergeron(Rya)

100 Hurdles 6th Boys

4th- Williams(Ryan)

6th- Uribe(Ryan)

800 Meter 6th Boys

1st- Camarilla(Waurika)

2nd- Williams(Ryan)

3rd- Williams(Ryan)

5th- Uribe(Ryan)

100 Meter 6th Boys

3rd- Williams(Ryan)

4th- Uribe(Ryan)

400 Meter 6th Boys

2nd- Camarillo(Waurika)

3rd-R. Williams(Ryan)

4th- Dodson(Waurika)

200 Meter 6th Boys

2nd- Camarillo(Waurika)

1600 Relay 6th Boys

2nd- Ryan

Long Jump 6th Girls

1st- Tracy Ballard(Waurika)

2nd- Jasmine Vilareal(Rya)

3rd-Corley Coffin (Waur)

5th- Faith Hill(Waurika)

6th-Trish Julian(Waurika)

Shot 6th Girls 

2nd- Henry(Waurika)

Discus 6th Girls

1st-Jasmine Vilareal(Ryan)

4th- Alexia Henry(Waurika)

400 Relay 6th Girls

2nd-Waurika

3200 6th Girls

1st- Waurika

100 Hurdles 6th Girls

1st-Villareal(Ryan)

3rd- Waters(Waurika)

4th- Coffin(Waurika)

800 Relay 6th Girls

2nd- Waurika

800 Meter 6th Girls

1st- Showalter(Waurika)

3rd- Gholson(Waurika)

5th- Villarreal(Ryan)

100 Meter 6th Girls

3rd- Ballard(Waurika)

5th- Waters(Waurika)

400 Meters 6th Girls

3rd- Villarreal(Ryan)

5th- Zaicek(Waurika)

200 Meters 6th Girls

2nd- Villarreal(Ryan)

1600 Meter 6th Girls

1st- Showalter(Waurika)

2nd- Gholson(Waurika)

4th – Julian(Waurika)

1600 Relay 6th Girls

2nd- Waurika

100 Hurdles

1st- Villareal(Ryan)

3rd- Waters(Waurika)

4th- Coffin(Waurika)

Cowboys, Cowgirls Go Winless In Bulldog Bash

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Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Ryan basketball squads found the going a bit tough last weekend in the annual Bulldog Bash at Healdton High School.

Neither team could capture a win in the tourney.

The Cowboys fell to Elmore City-Pernell last Thursday in a first round contest, 56-46, and then fell in the consolation semifinals to Wilson, 51-32.

It was a difficult outing for the Cowgirls as only six players were available for the first round game with Wilson and the Cowgirls lost another player in the game and eventually fell to the Lady Eagles, 37-27.

Last Friday in the consolation semifinals against Turner, the Cowgirls’ Kenzie Lewis suffered an injury in the first half forcing the Cowgirls to play with only four players most of the game and the Lady Falcons took full advantage to capture a 46-31 win.

Those four players that remained on the floor for the Cowgirls in Friday’s game were all sophomores, but they managed to outscore the Lady Falcons in the second half, 24-15, even though Turner left their starters in the game the entire way.

It was the hot shooting from the outside for the Lady Falcons that allowed them to build an insurmountable lead.

The Lady Falcons hit three three-pointers in the first quarter in building a 15-3 advantage and then hit four more in the second quarter to take a 31-7 lead into the locker room.

Juliet Spangler led the Cowgirl scoring attack with 18 points, while Lily York added 10 points. Bailey Martin contributed three points to round out the scoring for the Cowgirls.

In the Cowboys’ consolation semifinal contest with Wilson, it was also the opponent’s hot shooting from the outside that doomed the Cowboys.

Wilson managed a 14-10 lead after one quarter and held a 21-16 advantage at halftime. Three of the Eagles made baskets in the first half were beyond the arc.

In the second half, the Eagles took advantage of poor shooting by the Cowboys and built a 33-21 lead after the third quarter.

Wilson outscored the Cowboys, 18-11, in the final frame to capture the win.

Grayson Tomberlin led the Cowboys in scoring with nine points.

In the first round game with Wilson, the Cowgirls fell behind after one quarter, 13-7 and could never rally the rest of the bout with the Lady Eagles.

Wilson led, 22-9, at the break thanks to four treys. The Cowgirls battled on even terms much of the second half, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Spangler and Lily York led the Cowgirls in scoring with nine points each. The Cowgirls had another tough night at the free throw line as they connected on only six of 14 free throws.

The Cowgirls finished with only five players as Kenzie Keith dislocated a finger early in the game.

In the first-round game against Elmore City-Pernell, the Cowboys kept the contest close throughout the first half and actually held a 25-24 lead at intermission.

But, the Badgers went on a tear in the third quarter as they outscored the Cowboys, 19-0, to take control of the game with a 43-25 advantage.

The Cowboys managed to trim the lead in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Badgers, 21-13.

The Badgers did much of their damage at the foul line hitting 23 of 35 free throws, while the Cowboys connected on only 13 of 24 charity tosses.

The game was marred by 45 fouls.

Tomberlin led the Cowboys in scoring with 11 points.

Ryan will play host to Thackerville tonight on Raymon West Court before traveling to Healdton for a doubleheader with the Carter County School on Friday.

Next Tuesday the Cowboys and Cowgirls return home for a matchup with Southern Eight foe Geronimo.

More About the Decline in High School Football Participation

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Participation in 11-man football is on a multi-year decline according to studies done by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

This was mentioned in an earlier article but the issue was mainly looking at what is happening to the sport in relation to population shifts.

Participation in 11-player football was down 25,901 from 2015 to 2016. Just over one million high school students participate in 11-man football.

When you add the other types of high school football – six, eight and nine-player football – participation is still down 25,503.

With 14,099 high schools offering 11-man football, the decrease amounts to fewer than two individuals per school or a 2.5 percent decrease.

Football remains the top participatory sport for boys at the high school level by a large margin – even with the decline. Sports that follow include track and field, basketball, baseball and soccer.

The peak of participation with 11-man football came in 2009. Since that time participation has dropped 4.6 percent, which hardly seems like a big problem.

But, the small decline over a long period of time is not a good sign.

In 2009, 25 percent of boys who played sports were on the football team. Now that number is 23.2 in 2016, which was six-tenths of a percent drop from 2015. That is the sharpest decline in recent memory.

The recent finding of the impact of concussions has both parents and students thinking about participating in football.

But, there are other reasons for the trend of decreased participation in football. Increasing sports specialization has an impact as well as bench players deciding that football requires too much work for so little time on the field.

Some teens are distracted by other things our culture has introduced (social media being the main thing) that cause teens not to want to put forth effort required to be a participant at the high school level.

The decline of football could certainly have an impact on Ryan and Waurika schools. Just visit schools in communities such as Duke and Forgan (former eight-man schools with the latter having had great success) and Velma-Alma (an 11-man school that had to forfeit much of its schedule this past year).

A slow decline may keep football looking healthy on the surface, but there is some rotting underneath.

It is a reminder of a quote from noted author Ernest Hemingway, “How do you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”

Hopefully, students in Ryan and Waurika schools will continue to participate in football driven by not only a love of the sport, but also the desire to learn life lessons that participation in sports affords.

Waurika, Ryan Thinclads Find Going Tough at V-A Meet

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 In the final regular season meet of the year for Waurika and Ryan track squads, the competition proved to be one of the tougher outings of the season.

 The Waurika boys and girls and the Ryan girls competed a week ago Tuesday in the Velma-Alma Invitational that featured schools from Class 3A to Class A.

 The Lady Eagles had the best team performance in the meet with a 10th place finish and a total of 21 points. Velma-Alma won the girls’ title with 84 points. Ryan finished tied for 34th as the Cowgirls could manage only one team point.

 The Waurika boys only had one placer resulting in two team points which put the Eagles 26th among the 29 teams.

 Turner Mora was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 19-2.5, which was his third best performance of the season.

 The Lady Eagles’ best performance came from Madison Roberson who earned a silver medal in the shot put with a toss of 36-4.

 Asia Smith and Lexie Streeter continued their season-long improvement in the 3,200 meters in the meet with season-best times recorded.

 Smith was third in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13:11.45, while Streeter was fifth with a time of 13:23.28. Both girls are freshmen.

 Streeter also placed in the high jump. Her leap of 4-4 was good enough for a tie for fifth place.

 Sara Ballard rounded out the placers for the Lady Eagles with a fourth-place finish in the long jump. Her mark of 14-8.5 was her top performance in the event for the 2018 season.

 The Cowgirl track squad continued its assault on the school records in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter relays.

 While neither team placed in those two events, the squad still managed to set school records.

 In the 3,200 meters, the Cowgirls set a new school mark for the fourth time this season. The team of Lilybet Harmon, Lily York, Holland Carter and Juliet Spangler recorded a time of 11:27.30.

 The same four girls combined for a school record in the 1,600 meter relay with a time of 4:53.76 marking the first time a Cowgirl relay squad has finished the event in under five minutes. The Cowgirls have set a school record in this event four times during 2018.

 Spangler was the only Cowgirl to place in the meet finishing sixth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13:40.89, which is her third best career time and the second best mark this season.

 The Cowgirl sophomore also ran well in the 1,600 meters, but did not place. Her time of 6:17.47 is the best mark of the season in that event and her second best time in the event for her two-year high school career at Ryan.

Cowgirls Meet County Rival Ringling in Regional Tourney

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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.

Smith, Mora Lead Waurika Thinclads at Alex Invitational

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Turner Mora and Asia Smith each placed in two events to pace Waurika’s performance at the Alex Invitational a week ago today.

 In the team competition, the Eagles finished tied for eighth place with Oklahoma School For the Deaf. Both teams had 14 points. Cordell won the meet with 146 points.

 The Lady Eagles finished 10th in the team race with 27.5 points, while Rush Springs and Cordell tied for the team title with 101 points each.

 Mora helped the Eagles’ point total by placing in the 400 meters and the long jump.

 Mora circled the track in 55.76 to earth fifth place in the 400 meters. He managed a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 19-8.5.

 Waurika’s other points came in the 3,200 meter and 1,600 meter relays. Both squads finished fifth.

 The Eagles turned in a time of 9:49.32 in the 3,200 meter relay and posted a time of 3:52.64 in the 1,600 meter relay.

 Smith, a freshman, placed fourth in both the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters to pace the Lady Eagles.

 Smith’s time in the 1,600 meters was 6:29.55 and she turned in a time of 13:38.12 in the 3,200 meters.

 Lexie Streeter, also a freshman for the Lady Eagles, finished fifth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 14:09.89.

 Madison Roberson finished with a silver medal in the shot put. Her throw of 33-0 was her best performance of the season.

 Sara Ballard also scored for the Lady Eagles by tying for fifth place in the high jump with a leap of 3-10.

 The 3,200 meter relay team for the Lady Eagles accounted for the other team points. The squad finished fourth with a time of 12:39.57.

 Other Waurika athletes competing at Alex included Kevin Garcia, Octavio Gomez, Gustavo Gomez and Nick Alvarado for the Eagles and Kaci Reynolds, Dallas Fristoe, Madison Christian and Brooke Williams for the Lady Eagles.

 The next action for the Waurika track squads will be tomorrow when the Eagles will host their eight-man invitational competition. The meet begins at 9 a.m. at the Waurika track.

Cowgirls Snap Seven-Game Skid With Win Over OSD

Photo by Sheree Hanson

Juliet Spangler exploded for 31 points to lift the Ryan Cowgirls over Oklahoma School for the Deaf, 46-29, at Sulphur Tuesday night.

In the boys’ game Oklahoma School for the Deaf broke out to a nine-point lead early and fought off a Cowboy rally to claim a 54-50 victory over the Cowboys.

Spangler’s scoring spree for the Cowgirls was the most points scored by a Cowgirl since Alana Martin poured in 38 points against Grandfield in 2009.

In the first quarter Spangler, a sophomore, scored eight of the Cowgirls’ 10 points as Ryan took a 10-6 lead over the Lady Indians heading to the second period.

The Cowgirls needed every point by Spangler in the first half as OSD hung tough and trailed, 24-18, at intermission.

In the third quarter, the Cowgirls buckled down on defense holding the Lady Indians to only a single point, while the Cowgirls were putting up 16 points to extend the lead to 40-19.

Spangler had only four points to finish out the contest, but she had 12 two-pointers, one trey and connected on four of nine free throws to account for the 31 points.

Lily York also scored in double figures with 12 points for the Cowgirls who are still short-handed because of the injury bug.

Steve Spangler’s club improved to 5-10 on the year and the Cowgirls hold a 9-0 lead in the series with OSD that began in 2013.

The Cowboys fell behind early, 14-5, after the first frame, but narrowed the gap to 21-15 by halftime.

Thanks to some pin-point shooting from the outside, the Cowboys knotted the game at 29 after the third quarter.

The Cowboy rally was aided by three treys – one each by Dawson Tomberlin, Grayson Tomberlin and River Williams.

The fourth quarter turned into a real dog fight.

The Cowboys scored 21 points in the final quarter, but OSD managed to put 25 on the board behind Dylan Evans’ 16-point outburst.

Poor free throw shooting doomed the Cowboys as they hit only three of 10 attempts from the charity stripe. OSD was not much better but had nearly three times the opportunities. The Indians finished 14 of 28 for the game.

Evans finished with 28 points for the Indians, while G. Tomberlin led the Cowboys in scoring with 14 points. Joseph Martin added 12 points for Coach Judd Matthes’ squad.

The Cowboys fall to 3-12 on the year and it was the first loss to OSD in 10 meetings with the Indians on the hardwood.

Impact of Ryan’s Coach West Goes Far Beyond Athletic Circles

 You might expect when a sports writer is asked to write a tribute to someone the focus would be on that person’s accomplishments as a coach or player.

 But, this article will be focused more on the person than his accomplishments.

Last week a large crowd gathered at Ryan’s First Baptist Church to say goodbye to legendary Ryan coach and principal, Raymon West.

Most anyone that has been under the instruction of Mr. West would probably choose to focus on the man because   

his contribution to the lives of people went far beyond the football field, basketball court or baseball diamond if they were tasked with writing a tribute.

As Bro. Mark Kunkel, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Terral, said numerous times while conducting the service, everyone was mostly there to honor the man Mr. West and not Coach West.

However, well over half the crowd identified themselves at one point in the service as having been coached by Coach West.

And certainly his coaching ability is not to be overlooked, but each person who has come under the influence of Mr. West would probably be quick to agree with Bro. Kunkel and this writer that his greatest achievements were what he poured into our lives.

You see the goal of Mr. West was not really to produce great athletes – although that did happen. His goal was to prepare high school students for life.

And, for the most part he was a master at teaching life lessons.

Mr. West was tough. He was a disciplinarian. However, he correctly knew that making life a bit difficult in the athletic arena would serve each person well when they began to tackle life as a young adult.

And, some of those lessons not only served us well as young adults, but throughout our life time.

As was noted in the funeral service, Mr. West cared deeply for people. He endeared himself to most every athlete he ever coached and those he taught.

The compassion Mr. West had for people carried over to his retirement years as he served people through his church and was frequently present when a need had to be met in the community.

Everything Mr. West did was with great passion – his family, ranching, teaching and coaching.

Mr. West’s accomplishments in the coaching profession should not go without mention. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988. Most everyone knows he coached the 1965 Cowgirl squad that won the Class B state championship – the only state title in school history. He coached the Cowgirls for a total of 13 seasons.

He coached the Cowboy basketball team for 15 seasons and took the 1962 squad to the state tournament – one of only two boys’ teams to advance into the state tournament.

Mr. West’s contributions to the football program are more notable than most people might think. He coached football on three different occasions – in 1958, 1962-1963 and 1977-1980. The 1962 squad just missed out on a district title and finished 8-2 which tied the 1929 football team for the second most wins in a season up to that time.

 It is likely that one of the key decisions made by Mr. West while serving as principal and head football coach at Ryan was moving from 11-man football to eight-man football following the 1977 season. The decision probably saved the football program and he coached the Cowboys to the playoffs in the first year of eight-man football.

Mr. West also coached baseball in the early years at Ryan.

In the four sports coached by Mr. West, he led squads to 14 conference championships, three county championships, seven bi-county championships, 10 district titles, three regional crowns and one state championship.

No tribute, however, would be complete without personal stories because Mr. West had a profound impact on my life.

Late during my eighth-grade year and Mr. West’s first year back at Ryan after having coached at Burkburnett, Texas and Duncan, he noticed right away that my athletic genes were just about non-existent.

Mr. West came to me and asked me if I would be interested in being the student trainer, which I did after football season that year. He sent me that following summer by bus to Baylor University to attend the National Athletic Trainers Association annual convention.

I was definitely way out of my league (can you imagine a kid who just completed eighth grade going on a trip like that alone?), but I learned a few things and spent the rest of my high school days helping with all sports. Mr. West saw potential in me that I did not see in myself and giving me that responsibility helped me stay connected to sports.

As you can imagine we spent a lot of time together during basketball practices. During that time I learned a lot about basketball, but did not fail to pick up one or two life lessons along the way.

One of those came one afternoon after Ryan had suffered a loss in a game that was not well-officiated. And, as I have a tendency to do even today, I was griping about how poorly the officials called the game the night before.

I suppose Mr. West had heard enough and he looked at me and said, “You worry about the things you have control over. We have no control over the officiating.”

That little tidbit has remained with me through the years and has been invaluable in my life’s journey.

In the years following whenever I would make my way to Ryan I would try to make sure I came in contact with Mr. West.

A side note – most anyone coached by Mr. West were all afraid to ever call him anything but Mr. West or Coach West. It was always difficult to address him as “Raymon.” But, that is the kind of respect he commanded and deserved.

Many others and in particular his family could share similar stories about how Mr. West impacted their lives. I am just fortunate I had the opportunity to be the one to write this article.

I believe it is pretty easy to come to one conclusion – there will never be another Raymon West.

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