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.
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.
The Ryan Cowgirls opened the slow-pitch softball season one week ago Tuesday and suffered a heart-breaking 11-10 loss at the hands of Grandfield at Larry Ninman Field at the Bob Givens Sports Complex.
Ryan was to have been back in action this afternoon hosting Big Pasture.
That will be the final action for the Cowgirls until a March 26 encounter at home with Comanche. Ryan will also battle Geronimo two weeks from today. Both games will be on the Cowgirls’ home diamond.
It looked promising for the Cowboys after the first inning as Brooklyn Charmason retired the three Grandfield batters in order and the Cowgirls hit the Lady Bearcats for three runs in the bloom of the first.
Samantha Good and Sadie Guzman reached base and Abbie Bolin blasted a three-run homer to give the Cowgirls the 3-0 lead after one inning.
Grandfield answered in the top of the second with three runs of their own before the Cowgirls regained the lead in the bottom of the inning with a single tally.
The Lady Bearcats struck for two more runs in the top of the third giving Grandfield a 5-4 lead, but the Cowgirls managed to tied the score in the bottom of the third with a run.
Grandfield. Took the lead in the top of the fourth with a run and added to the margin with two runs in the top of the fifth to lead, 8-5.
The Cowgirls rallied, however, in the bottom of the fourth with two runs – including Bolin’s second four-bagger of the contest – to narrow the gap to 8-7 heading into the sixth inning.
Grandfield managed two runs in the top of the sixth and added another in the top of the seventh to gain an 11-7 advantage.
The Cowgirls then mounted a rally in the bottom of the final frame but came up just short.
Three of the first four Cowgirl batters reached base and came around to score including Guzman, Bolin and Randi Lipton.
After two were out, the Cowgirls loaded the bases but could not score the tying run.
The Cowgirls left 10 runners stranded in the contest.
Ryan was scheduled to take on Temple Tuesday, but the Lady Tigers were not able to field a team for the 2018 season.
A number of players from the Waurika and Ryan basketball squads were honored by the Southern Eight Conference coaches recently.
Madison Roberson of Waurika was named the most valuable player in the conference for 2018. She led the Lady Eagles in scoring and rebounding and they claimed the Southern Eight Conference regular season crown with a perfect 5-0 mark.
Asia Smith was also an all-conference selection for the Lady Eagles. Smith was the second leading scorer and rebounder for Waurika.
Lily York, a sophomore for the Ryan Cowgirls, was selected as the co-offensive player of the year along with Grandfield’s Matti Clemmer.
Another sophomore, Juliet Spangler, was also named to represent Ryan on the all-conference squad.
The defensive player of the year honors went to Hollie Babel of Geronimo. She helped lead the Lady Blue Jays to a 14-15 record including a district title.
On the boys’ side, Waurika’s Cache Arellano was named to the all-conference team. Arellano was the scoring leader for the Eagles averaging 10.3 points a game and was also the leading rebounder averaging 8.3 rebounds a game.
No other boys from Waurika or Ryan were named to the squad all-conference squad.
The most valuable player of the conference for 2018 was Geronimo’s D’Marcus Crabtree. Crabtree was the ringleader on an experienced Geronimo squad that swept all its Southern Eight opponents during the regular season to claim the conference title.
The offensive player of the year was Geronimo’s Luke Riley.
Riley and Crabtree led the Bluejays to an outstanding season. The Blue Jays finished with a district title and were third in the Apache Tournament and the consolation champions at the Comanche County Tournament.
Geronimo closed the season with a 21-8 record after dropping a one-point decision to Sterling in the consolation bracket finals of the regional tourney. Riley led the Blue Jays in scoring against Sterling with 11 points, while Crabtree finished with 10 points in the season-ending loss.
Securing the defensive player of the year honors was Big Pasture’s Austin Frieling. The Rangers won a district title and fell to Lookeba-Sickles in the regional tourney finals last Saturday night but remain alive for another week.
Big Pasture opens area tourney play today (Thursday) at Cache and they will face Fox.
The Rangers managed a 4-1 mark in the Southern Eight Conference which was good for runner up honors.
The annual Southern Eight Conference All-Star game will be held Monday (February 26) at Temple. The girls’ contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow.
All the all-conference squad members will be competing in the game along with players selected as a conference all-star.
Representing the Cowgirls in addition to York and Spangler will be Samantha Good and the lone Cowgirl senior, Kenzie Lewis.
Joining Roberson and Smith from Waurika will be Lexie Streeter.
The girls’ team will be coached by Ryan’s Steve Spangler and Waurika’s Kalee Baxter.
Three Eagles will join their teammate Arellano in the game. They are Seth Cathey, Kevin Garcia and Turner Mora.
Representing the Cowboys in the game will be Dawson Tomberlin, a senior for the Cowboys, and junior Skylar Parkhill.
The conference was down somewhat in basketball this season especially on the girls’ side.
No girls’ team finished with a winning record with Geronimo leading the pack with 14 wins on the season. Big Pasture girls managed a 10-17 record and were the only other girls’ squad to record at least 10 wins.
Three boys’ teams posted winning records for the 2018 campaign. Big Pasture is the only team still alive and will finish with a winning record. Geronimo posted the best record of the conference teams with a 21-8 mark, while Grandfield also had a winning season at 14-11.
The conference consisted of only six schools this past year – Temple, Big Pasture, Geronimo, Ryan, Waurika and Grandfield. Frederick will join the Southern Eight Conference next season.
Track is one of those sports where team and individual performances are tied together.
A string of strong individual showings in a few events can go a long way in helping a team earn a meet title.
At Waurika in the decade of the 1930’s there was no shortage of outstanding individual performances.
A number of these individuals for the Eagles went on to participate in track in college. Or, track played a role in them earning a spot on collegiate football squads.
Results for the first four years of the decade are scarce, but a few performers can be identified as standouts for the Eagles.
In 1930, Charles Rhoades was a ringleader for the Eagle squads. He won the conference title in the pole vault and placed in the 440-yard dash, the mile run, the long jump, the javelin and the 880 in the county meet held at Ryan that year. He aided the Eagles to earn a team title over the Cowboys.
Rhoades was the champion at the 1931 county meet in the 440 and he placed in the 100, 200 and the pole vault as Waurika earned the team title.
One of the standouts during the 1932, 1933 and 1934 track seasons was Tillie Roach. He went on to give up track and play football at the University of Tulsa.
Roach was the conference champion in the 120 high hurdles at the conference meet in 1932 and he placed in the same event as well as the 200 yard dash at the OU Invitational.
Another outstanding performer for the Eagles beginning in 1933 was R.V. Wright. He won the 120 high hurdles at OU and had the best time in the state in that event at 16.1. He went on to star in track at Oklahoma A&M, where in 1939 he was the team captain for the Aggie track squad.
R.V. Wright also ran in an invitation only 120 high hurdles race during halftime of the 1939 Sugar Bowl football game.
He was also part of the seven-man team that was so successful in 1934. Roach was on this squad along with Roscoe Long, Tubby Daniel, Elmer Wright, Fuzzy Fowler and Hurschel Sparkman.
The mile relay team of Roach, R.V. Wright, Long and Daniels was the conference champion in the mile relay with a time of 3:33.7.
Sparkman won the 220 low hurdles, while Daniel won the 440 and Fowler earned the title in the mile run and the 880.
In the 120 high hurdles, R.V. Wright set a meet record in winning the race, while Sparkman and Roach were second and third respectively. Elmer Wright rounded out the meet champions with a first place finish in the discus.
Elmer Wright eventually went on to a track career at Connors State in Warner.
At the OU meet in 1934, Roach was the 220 yard low hurdles and R.V. Wright finished second and Sparkman was third. R.V. Wright also earned the title in the 120 yard high hurdles.
Fowler was a meet champion at OU in the 880 and the mile run and Elmer Wright was the champion in the discus, setting a meet record in the process.
In 1935, fewer results are available, but Sparkman began to establish himself as an outstanding hurdler. He won both the 200 low hurdles and the 120 high hurdles at the OU meet that season and set meet records along the way. Sparkman eventually went on to run track at Oklahoma A&M.
Sparkman, Fowler and Long returned for the 1936 track season.
Sparkman continued to dominate the hurdles events, while Fowler won the mile run in every meet he participated in during the 1936 season.
Jackie Taylor, who became an outstanding athlete at Waurika, began to make his mark during the 1936 season. Taylor earned a runner up spot in the 220 yard dash and third place in the 440 yard dash at the OU meet.
At OU that same season, Sparkman won both hurdles’ events and Fowler was a champion in the mile run.
Those performances spurred Waurika to the team title in 1936 at OU.
Taylor began to dominate in the sprints during the 1937 track season. He was a county champion in both the 100 and 220 and also the shot put.
Taylor won three events – the 100, 220 and the 440 – at the OU meet which would be equal to sweeping the state title in three events today, which is rarely done. Taylor also anchored the 888-yard relay to a first-place finish for Waurika at OU.
Sparkman won the county meet in the 200 low hurdles, but finished second to teammate Rex Lewis in the 120 high hurdles.
Oral Hairston was a key member of the 1937 squad as he also competed in the hurdles for the Eagles.
During the 1938 season, Hairston took over for Sparkman in the hurdles and was nearly as dominate. He won the 120 high hurdles at the Southwestern Exposition Invitational at Fort Worth and helped Waurika to the team title.
Hairston was the top point producer at the 1938 Southern Six Conference meet as he was responsible for 15.25 of Waurika’s title-winning 83.3 points.
At OU in 1938, Hairston was the champion in the 120 high hurdles and the hop, skip and jump event. He finished third in the 220 low hurdles.
Hairston finished out his career at Waurika in 1939. He was the conference champion in the 200-yard low hurdles and finished third in the 120 high hurdles. He also won the pole vault that season at the conference meet. Waurika won the 1939 conference title in overwhelming fashion.
These men and a number of others were the people responsible for Waurika becoming the “track capitol of Oklahoma” during the decade of the 1930’s.
Just ask Ryan High School athletes Dawson and Grayson Tomberlin.
However, when siblings play on the same team, that rivalry tends to go out the window.
Dawson, who graduated from Ryan High School last weekend, and Grayson, who just completed his freshman year in high school were starters on all three athletic squads this past year at Ryan.
Both student-athletes, who are the sons of Tony and Mandy Tomberlin, competed in football, basketball and baseball. And, they did not just compete, but they excelled for most of the season in all three sports.
“It was pretty exciting to play together,” said Dawson in a recent phone interview. “It was really a pretty good feeling.”
Grayson echoed the sentiments of his older brother, “It was a pretty cool experience to be playing on the same team all season.”
And while the outstanding pair of athletes enjoyed the experience of playing together for the Cowboys during the past nine months, it has not always been that way.
Growing up in the Tomberlin home the two boys often engaged in backyard or driveway competition.
“It (competing against each other at home) was pretty intense,” said Grayson.
“A few times we ended up in a fight,” said Dawson, who admitted they spent a lot of time playing against each other growing up.
While Dawson was winding up his high school athletic career at Ryan and Grayson’s high school career was just getting started this past year, both played key roles for the Cowboys in each of the sports.
The most successful sport this past year for the Cowboys was on the gridiron. The Tomberlin brothers were a big part of leading the Cowboys to their first playoff berth since 2014.
Dawson, a running back and linebacker, was named the co-most valuable player in District B-4 and was selected along with Tate Kimbro, to represent Ryan at the upcoming Eight-Man All-Star game in June.
Dawson, who admits football is his favorite sport, was the third leading rusher for the Cowboys and caught five passes for 160 yards. He was also a defensive stalwart and was counted on to provide overall leadership to the team by veteran mentor Stan Mueggenborg.
As a freshman, Grayson started at the quarterback spot for the Cowboys and was the leading rusher with 638 yards and he passed for another 731 yards. He was also the fourth leading tackler from the defensive backfield.
Both brothers point to the football season for their most memorable moments of the 2017-2018 sports year.
“My favorite moment of the year was when I caught a pass over my shoulder against Waurika,” said Dawson.
It was the play that put the Cowboys in position for Skyler Parkhill to snag a 15-yard touchdown pass from Grayson with 14 seconds left in the game that sent the contest into overtime.
The Cowboys went on to defeat Waurika, 44-36, in a come-from-behind, double overtime thriller. Grayson points to the entire game as his highlight of his freshman athletic year.
On the hardwood, Grayson was counted on to direct the Cowboy offense from his point guard position and he led the team in scoring in seven contests during the season.
Dawson was also a starter on the basketball squad and played in the Southern Eight senior all-star game. He was also awarded a scholarship by the Southern Eight conference for participation in athletics, academics and completing an essay.
In the recently completed baseball season, which Grayson admitted was by far his favorite sport, the younger Tomberlin was the catalyst for the Cowboys’ run production. He set a school mark for most runs batted in during a single game with six against Grandfield.
The brothers would be quick to recognize the contributions of their teammates. Both were somewhat reluctant to talk about their achievements in the phone interview.
There was one incident during the football season that exemplifies what can happen when two brothers that spend years growing up together get to play on the same team in high school.
In a key district football contest with Central High that decided the district title, the two brothers took matters in their own hands on a fourth down during the game.
Coach Mueggenborg had directed the team to punt the football, but as the Cowboys approached the line of scrimmage, Grayson, who was slated to punt the ball, gave some hand signals to Dawson that he would look for him to complete a pass on a fake punt attempt.
The play did not end well as the pass fell incomplete and Central High took over on downs. Both coaches, including assistant coach and dad, Tony, reacted strongly to the antics by the brothers.
After a cool down period, the two brothers and dad were able to find some humor in what happened.
Some people would call it a foolish thing. Others might label it a freshman mistake. More than likely it was just two brothers who had spent lots of time together in the yard just trying to make a play to help their team rally in an important contest.
It has not been a unique experience for the Tomberlin boys to have their dad on the sideline or the dugout over the past football and baseball seasons. The elder Tomberlin serves as assistant coach for both sports and is also the principal at RHS.
“It has been an awesome experience having dad coach us,” said Grayson about his father who has been involved with both boys’ teams since T-ball days.
“It was great,” added Dawson, “it might have been a little tough at home after the game and it was harder, but it was cool to have him with us.”
Grayson looks forward to furthering his athletic career at Ryan. He is not only an outstanding athlete, but is also active in Future Farmers of America and Beta Club.
“At the first of the season it (playing with all upper classmen) was a bit intimidating, but after a while I was comfortable,” said Grayson of taking on the quarterback role as a freshman. “It was pretty much the same way with basketball.”
Grayson will spend the summer working on improving his skills particularly in football and baseball. He will participate in the team football camp at Shattuck in a few weeks and has a baseball opportunity for the summer. He also plans to work at the school for the summer.
Dawson plans to further his education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and is set to major in Occupational Health and Safety. He was also active at Ryan in FFA and Beta Club.
Dawson’s summer plans include working around the school. He is also looking forward to the eight-man all-star game in Miami.
“Coach Mueggenborg told me it will be the most fun week of my life and I’m ready for it.”
While there have been many sibling combinations through the years compete for the Cowboys and Cowgirls through the decades, these two boys have represented their school and their family well in being teammates at RHS.
With only six teams lined up to compete in the Cowboy Classic baseball tournament the tourney will engage in pool play instead of the traditional bracket format.
The tournament was set to get under way this morning with Thackerville taking on Big Pasture to be followed by Thackerville and Grandfield at 12 noon. Grandfield was to have met Big Pasture today at 2 p.m. to complete the pool play for Pool A.
Pool B will begin play at 4 p.m. today with Waurika taking on Temple at 4 p.m. That contest will be followed by Ryan meeting Temple at 6 p.m. and the day will conclude with Ryan matching up with Waurika at 8 p.m.
All the games will be played on Larry Ninman Field at the Bob Givens Sports Complex.
The field for this year’s tournament is not a strong one, so any of the schools could rise up and claim the tournament title.
Thackerville is probably the favorite to take the crown for this tournament that is in its fifth year.
The Wildcats’ record is unknown, but they did win their own invitational tourney a couple of weeks ago defeating Ringling in the championship game, 15-11.
Thackerville’s pool opponents have only two wins between them. Big Pasture is 2-1 on the year heading into games earlier this week, while Grandfield is 0-9 not including a match up earlier this week with Chattanooga.
It is like the opponent in the championship game for Thackerville will be Waurika, however, the Eagles come into this tournament with a 2-9 mark not including games earlier this week with Wilson and Comanche.
The Eagles’ pool opponents have only one victory between them. The Cowboys are 1-5 on the year not including the contest with Big Pasture scheduled for earlier this week. Temple is 0-6 not including games earlier this week with Empire and Cyril.
The tournament will take Friday off and will be completed on Saturday.
The two third place teams from each pool will battle for fifth place on Saturday at noon, while the two second-place squads will play for the tournament’s third place at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The championship game will pit the two pool winners and the first pitch is slated for 4 p.m. on Saturday.
In event of ties in the pool play, they will be decided in four ways. The first will be head-to-head competition and the second will be runs allowed by each team that is tied. If those two do not decide things, the third tie-breaker is runs allowed in the first inning of play.
The fourth tie-breaker is a coin flip.
Be sure and check social media or your local school to see if weather played a role in the schedule.
Be sure and check social media or your local school to see if weather played a role in the schedule.
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.
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.