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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Cowboys Travel to Grandfield For District Tournament


 It has been a tough season for the Ryan Cowboy baseball squad with the team fashioning a 4-11 record heading into today’s Class B District Tournament at Grandfield.

However, in high school baseball, every team enters the post season and the Cowboys hope to advance to regional play if they can some how catch fire and win the district title.

 The Cowboys will take on the loser of the tourney’s first game – either Grandfield or top-seed Olustee/Eldorado. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

 The Cowboys will play again at 5 p.m. and will take on the winner of the Grandfield-Olustee contest.

 The Cowboys finished the regular season on Monday with a pair of losses to Geronimo and Waurika at Geronimo’s diamond.

 Ryan struck for a pair of runs in the top of the first against Geronimo as Joseph Martin and Grayson Tomberlin both scored runs.

 But, Geronimo pounded the Cowboys in the bottom of the inning by sending 14 batters to the plate and scored nine runs to hold a 9-2 lead.

 The Cowboys mounted a rally in the third inning as G. Tomberlin singled, advanced on two passed balls and scored on a wild pitch.

 Andrew Villerreal walked and scored on passed ball. The Cowboys also left the bases loaded, but cut the lead to 9-4.

 Geronimo extended the lead to 11-4 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third and it could have been worse as the Bluejays left the bases loaded.

 The Cowboys got things going in the top of the fourth inning as Dawson Tomberlin singled and G. Tomberlin doubled.

 A. Villerreal then blasted a two-run double to right field and after Cameron Villerreal was hit by a pitch Walter Snider had a two-run single to score both runners.

 The Cowboys left two runners stranded but narrowed the lead to 11-8.

 In the top of the fifth, the Cowboys managed one more run after D. Tomberlin walked and G. Tomberlin got an RBI-double down the left field line.

 But the Cowboys could do no more damage and fell, 11-9.

 G. Tomberlin was 2-for-3 to pace the Cowboys at the plate.

 In the second game of the night, the Cowboys suffered from fielding miscues and the inability to rattle the Waurika pitching staff.

 Trailing 5-0 after three and a half innings, the Cowboys entered the bottom of the inning with consecutive walks to D. Tomberlin and G. Tomberlin. An RBI-bunt single by A. Villerreal scored D. Tomberlin.

 G. Tomberlin was able to score on a errant pickoff attempt by the Waurika catcher and the Cowboys trailed only 5-2 after four innings.

 However, in the top of the fifth, Waurika exploded for five runs and the Cowboys could not mount a threat in the bottom of the fifth and fell, 10-2.

 Martin was the lone bright spot at the plate for the Cowboys with two hits in the lead off position.

 A week ago today the Cowboys picked up their fourth victory of the year with a 9-0 victory at Grandfield.

 Tate Kimbro and Martin led off the game with a pair of singles and scored on G. Tomberlin’s two-run double.

 The Cowboys added to the lead when River Williams got a base hit that scored G. Tomberlin giving the Cowboys a 3-0 lead after one inning.

 Ryan continued its offensive onslaught in the top of the second inning with a six-run outburst fueled by a pair of home runs.

 Trey Bryant led off the inning with a walk that was followed by Kimbro’s single. Martin reached based on an error to load the bases.

 G. Tomberlin then blasted the first pitch over the fence for a grand slam that put the Cowboys in front, 7-0.

 But Ryan was not finished scoring in the inning. Williams singled and stole second and A. Villerreal sent a full-count pitch over the fence giving the Cowboys a 9-0 advantage.

 Kimbro, G. Tomberlin and Williams paced with Cowboys at the plate with two hits apiece.

 Meanwhile, Martin was effective on the mound despite giving up one walk and hitting two Bearcats. However, Grandfield did not pick up a base hit in the three-inning contest and Martin was credited with the win and the no-hitter.

 It was the first no-hitter tossed by a Ryan pitcher since Hunter Wright did it in 2008 against Central High.

 G. Tomberlin also set a school mark by collecting six runs batted in breaking the old mark of five held by a number of players.

 The last time a Cowboy had five runs batted in came in 2011 when Lucas Ninman did it against Temple and Denver Overstreet did it against Empire in the same season.

 The first Cowboy (on record) to have five runs batted in during a game came in 1949 when Jerry Goza did it against Union Valley.

 It was a tough outing for the Cowboys a week ago Tuesday when they traveled to Waurika and dropped a pair of contests.

 Snider was the only Cowboy to get a base hit in a 17-0, three-inning loss to Dickson.

 The 17 runs all came in the second inning and it ties the school record for most runs allowed in an inning done by Big Pasture in 1995 and again in 1997.

 The Cowboys could muster no offense in the second game of the night either and fell to Waurika, 8-0.

 The Eagles jumped out on top of the Cowboys after the first inning with a three-run uprising and the Cowboys were never in the game

 The Cowboys lone hit came in the top of the second as Andrew V. reached base on a single.

Cowgirls Set to Enter District Tourney After Fletcher Tournament


The Ryan Cowgirl slow-pitch softball squad will take a 4-6 mark into today’s Class 2A District Tournament at Central High.

 The Cowgirls will compete in the district tourney with the host school, Snyder and Geronimo. Central High is the top seed in the tournament, but the Lady Bronchos have lost three of six games in the past few days.

 The Lady Bronchos still have a 23-4 record – including games played through Monday – heading into the district tournament. That is 17 more games than Ryan has played.

 Geronimo and Snyder sport similar records to the Cowgirls, but have also played nearly double the number of contests as Ryan.

 Action was to have gotten underway today at 11 a.m. with the Cowgirls taking on Central High followed by the Geronimo-Snyder contest.

 The tournament is double-elimination, but is slated to be completed today. The winner of the tournament will advance to the regional tourney.

 The regular season was difficult for the Cowgirls in more than just wins and losses.

 Three of the scheduled games with opponents were cancelled because they could not field a team.

 Two other scheduled games were postponed because of weather issues.

 Last week the Cowgirls competed with 13 other teams in the Fletcher Invitational Tournament and played nearly as many games as they had in the entire regular season.

 In the tournament’s opening contest with Verden, the Cowgirls fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and could never get the big hit needed to spark a rally. The Cowgirls left 11 runners stranded.

 Justyce Keith scored the only Cowgirl run in the bottom of the fourth inning in the 3-1 loss.

 In the next round, the Cowgirl bats came alive early against Lawton Christian School. The Cowgirls scored three in the bottom of the first inning after LCS had put two runs on the board in the top of the inning.

 The Cowgirls got on top in the second inning with a four-run uprising to hold a 7-2 lead.

 The Lady Crusaders tried to rally in the fourth and fifth innings by scoring one run in each inning, but were retired in order in the top of the sixth to give the Cowgirls a 7-4 victory.

 The win set up another match with Verden.

 Verden took the lead in the top of the second with a run, but the Cowgirls answered in the bottom of the inning with runs by Abbie Bolin and Brooke Charmasson.

 The Cowgirls gave up two runs in the top of the fourth to the Lady Tigers giving Verden a 3-2 advantage.

 Ryan mounted a rally in the bottom of the fourth scoring four runs and leaving two Cowgirls stranded on the bases to secure a 6-3 lead.

 Verden added a run in the top of the fifth after two were out, but the Cowgirls retired the final batter before the rally could continue and picked up a 6-4 victory.

 The Cowgirls were eliminated by Chickasha last Friday, 9-3, as the Lady Chicks picked up their first victory of the season.

 Chickasha scored all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first inning with four tallies. The Cowgirls escaped further damage by getting the third out with the bases loaded.

 In the bottom of the second, the Lady Chicks added to the lead with four more runs to give the Cowgirls an 8-0 deficit.

 The Cowgirls struck for two runs in the top of the third inning with Kenzie Lewis and Samantha Good getting base hits and eventually scoring to cut the margin to 8-2.

 Chickasha added another run in the bottom of the fourth and the Cowgirls tried to rally in the top of the fifth, but could come up with only a single run.

Four Competitors Lead Cowgirls To Fourth Place Finish


Only four competitors made up the Ryan Cowgirl track squad last Friday at the Waurika Eight-Man Invitational, but those athletes turned in some impressive performances.

 The Cowgirls finished fourth in the team race with 80 points – just a single point behind third-place Bray-Doyle. Empire won the meet with 138 points.

 Leading the way as they have all season, the 3,200-meter relay team of Lilybet Harmon, Lily York, Holland Carter and Juliet Spangler earned the gold medal with a time of 11:44.33. The time is one of the best posted in the event among Class A competitors this season.

 That time broke the school record of 11:56.76 set just a couple of weeks earlier at the Cache Invitational.

 The same four girls also competed in the 1,600-meter relay and the team narrowly missed setting the school mark for the second time this season.

 Harmon, York, Carter and Spangler recorded a time of 5:13.59, which was good enough for second place and was just behind the school mark of 5:12.17 set just a few days before at the Elgin Invitational.

 Spangler had the top individual performance by the Cowgirls with a first-place finish in the 1,600 meters. Her time of 6:30.43 set a meet record and it is the sixth best time in school history, but just off her best time of the 2018 season.

 Harmon earned a bronze medal in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:52.46 and York was just behind her in fourth place with a time of 7:04.47.

 Carter turned in her best performance of the season in the 800 meters and finished second in the meet with a time of 2:48.81. Harmon finished right behind Carter in the event to earn a bronze medal with a time of 2:57.79.

 In the 3,200 meters, Spangler earned a third-place finish with a time of 14:33.54. York was fourth in the same event with a time of 15:19.77.

 The 80 points scored by the Cowgirls is the second highest total ever in a meet. The highest point total ever for the Cowgirls is 87 points in last year’s Waurika Eight-Man Invitational.

 Walker Rawlings competed in the meet for the Cowboys and he came away with points in both the shot put and discus.

 Rawlings was third in the discus with a throw of 108-9 and he earned fifth place in the shot put with a toss of 37-6.

 That gave Ryan eight points in the meet to finish ninth – just one point behind eighth-place Temple.

 The Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete Saturday in Waurika’s Red River Invitational (weather permitting) and will also be in action Tuesday at the Velma-Alma Comet Invitational.

 The junior high track squads also had good performances at the Waurika Eight-Man Invitational. The Cowboys finished third in the meet with 80 points, which was nine points behind runner up Tipton and well behind team champion Fox who finished with 134 points.

 The Cowgirl squad finished with 56 points which was good enough for a fifth-place tie with Fox in the team race. Bray-Doyle was the team champion with 102 points.

 The Cowboys were led by the gold-medal performances of Jullian Rodriguez in the 3,200 meters and Trey Bryant in the shot put.

 Rodriguez also finished second in the 1,600 meters and Bryant was second in the discus.

 Tommy Self earned a silver medal in the 3,200 meters and Ethan Burden was right behind to gain a bronze medal for the Cowboys.

 Caleb Perrin had a second place finish in the shot put and placed fourth in the discus.

 Mason Adsit was the other medal winner for the Cowboys with a third-place finish in the 1,600 meters. Perrin was also fourth in the 1,600 meters.

 Self also scored points for the Cowboys in the long jump with a fifth place finish.

 For the Cowgirls, Katlynn Dabbs earned three gold medals in the meet. She was the top runner in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters.

 Alicen Williams also earned a silver medal in the 3,200 meters and a bronze finish in the 800 meters. She also scored points with a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 meters.

 Whittany Spangler rounded out the medal winners for the Cowgirls with a bronze medal finish in the 3,200 meters. She was also fourth in the 800 meters.

Eagle Thinclads Sweep Three Relays to Win Waurika Meet Title


….Lady Eagles Earn Runner Up Honors Led By Smith’s Performance

Behind three gold medal performances in the relays, the Waurika boys’ track squad claimed the team title in the Waurika Eight-Man Invitational held last Friday at the local track.

 The Eagles rolled up 141 points by taking the title in three of the four relays in the meet. Fox was the runner up with 119 points.

 The Lady Eagles also had an impressive outing as they claimed runner up team honors with 94 points behind team champion Empire’s 134 points.

The 3,200-meter team of Gustavo Gomez, Octavio Gomez, Bryson Hernandez and Colton Bryant may have turned in the most impressive performance. Their time of 9:57.18 in the event was nearly a full minute ahead of second place Fox.

 The 1,600-meter relay team consisting of Turner Mora, Kevin Garcia, Cache Arellano and Bryant also took top honors with a time of 3:52.81 which outdistanced second-place Empire by 18 seconds.

 The 800-meter relay squad also earned top honors but the race was a bit closer as all five teams finished within seven seconds of one another.

 Waurika’s 800-meter relay team of Mora, Bryant, Nicolas Alvardo and Garcia edged out Empire with a time of 1:39.37, while the Bulldogs posted a time of 1:41.25.

 Individually, the Eagles also had some outstanding performances as four different Eagles claimed gold medals in their events.

 In the 3,200 meter run O. Gomez took first place with a time of 12:54.09. His teammate, Hernandez, took the silver medal in the race with a time of 13:17.16.

 The Eagles also racked up the points in the 1,600 meter run by claiming the top three places in the event.

 C. Arellano was the gold medal winner with a time of 5:41.09, while Hernandez finished second with a time of 5:57.40. Garcia earned the bronze medal with a time of 5:59.01.

 Waurika also had multiple placers in the 400 meters. Mora earned first place with a time of 54.0 – his best time of the season. G. Gomez was third in the event with a time of 61.8.

 The final gold-medal performance for the Eagles came in the 800 meter run as G. Gomez recorded a time of 2:28.32.

 Mora also earned a silver medal in the long jump with a leap of 19-2.

 Bryant placed sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5-2.

 Rounding out the scorers for the Eagles was Garcia’s fourth-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 24.19.

 The Lady Eagle thinclads were led by the performance of Asia Smith. She accounted for 36 of the team’s 94 points with two gold medals and two silver medals.

 Smith won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:47.51 and also claimed the gold medal in the high jump with a leap of 4-6.

 In the 3,200 meter run, Smith’s time of 14:02.25 was good for second place. She was also second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:45.32.

 Madison Roberson had an outstanding day in the shot put and discus. Not only did she claim the gold medal in both events, but she also set meet records with her performances.

 Roberson claimed the title in the shot put with a toss of 36-5, while the Lady Eagles’ Landry Forsyth also scored with a sixth place finish.

 In the discus, Roberson recorded a throw of 89-9 and Oliva Ralls also scored in the discus with a sixth place finish.

 The Lady Eagle 800-meter relay team of Kameron Ziecek, Kaci Reynolds, Dallas Fristoe and Sara Ballard earned fourth place with a time of 2:10.87.

 Ballard also earned third place in the 100 meters. Her time of 14.07 was good enough to earn the bronze medal. She also was the runner up in the long jump with a leap of 14-4.

 In the high jump, the Lady Eagles had two other placers behind Smith’s winning performance. Ballard Lexie Streeter finished second in the event with a leap of 4-4 and Ballard was fourth with a leap of 4-2.

 Ziecek also placed in two events. She was fifth in the 400 meters with a 76.93 clocking and sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 31.31.

 The boys’ and girls’ junior high squads also competed in the meet. The Lady Eagles finished tied for second in the meet with 98 points, just behind team champion Bray-Doyle’s 102 points.

 The Eagles finished tied with Alex for fourth place with 36 points. Fox won the junior high boys’ title with 134 points.

 Tallen Mora and Liberti Simmons led the way for the Lady Eagles.

 Mora won gold medals in the 400 meters and the long jump, while Simmons finished with a gold medal in the 110 meter hurdles.

 Simmons also had silver-medal performances in the 300 meter hurdles and the high jump and finished fifth in the long jump.

 Mora was a silver medal winner in the 100 meters and a bronze medalist in the 200 meters.

 Alana Lewis won silver medals in the shot put and discus, while Riley Howell took a bronze medal in the shot put.

 Other placers for the Lady Eagles in the junior high division were: Bailey Romero, fourth in the 200 meters and the long jump and Mackenzie Horton fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put.

 The junior high boys were led by Trent Arellano. He earned three silver medals and one bronze medal in the meet.

 T. Arellano was second in the long jump, 400 meters and 200 meters and finished third in the 100 meters. He was the only medal winner for the Eagles.

 Other placers for the junior boys included Nicolas Wilson, who finished fourth in the 200 meters and J.J. Crank, who was sixth in the same event.

 Last Thursday, the high school squads also competed in the annual Gary Readnour Memorial Invitational at Wynnewood.

 The relay squads led the way in this meet, too, but the competition was a bit tougher.

 The 800-meter relay squad of Mora, Garcia, Bryant and Alvarado finished second with a time of 1:38.88. The time is a season-best in the event.

 In the 1,600-meter relay, the Eagles also earned the silver medal as Mora, Bryant, Garcia and Alvarado turned in a time of 3:49.56, which is also the best time recorded by the Eagles in the event this season.

The 3,200-meter relay squad of Bryant, C. Arellano, Mora and O. Gomez was able to earn the bronze medal with a time of 9:45.87. This was also the squad’s best time of the season.

 Mora finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19-5.

 Other placers in the meet for Waurika were Bryant in the high jump with a leap of 5-4 and Hernandez in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 12:14.27.

 For the Lady Eagle thinclads, Roberson continued her impressive season in the shot put and discus. She earned the gold medal in the shot put with a toss of 36-10. Her throw of 89-10 in the discus was good enough for fourth place.

 Roberson’s performance recorded in the meet in the shot put is among the top marks in Class A this season.

 Streeter, Smith and Ballard all placed in the high jump for the Lady Eagles.

 Streeter earned the silver medal with a leap of 4-6, while Smith was fifth and Ballard was sixth in the event.

 Smith also placed in the 400 meters and the 1,600 meters. She earned the silver medal in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:34.21. Her time of 70.18 in the 400 meters was good enough for sixth place.


Ballard also placed in the long jump. Her best performance of the day of 14-0.5 placed her fifth among the competitors in the meet.

 The 800-meter relay team of Reynolds, Fristoe, Ballard and Zeicek finished third with a time of 2:12.

 Reynolds, Streeter, Smth and Fristoe comprised the 3,200-meter squad that also finished third with a time of 12:36.55.

 No team scores were kept at the Wynnewood meet.

 Waurika’s next action on the track will be Saturday (weather permitting) as they host the annual Red River Invitational which will feature teams from Classes A to 3A. Events will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Waurika Picks Up Two Wins Over Ryan To Enter District Play

Jordan Watkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Dyer and Hernandez led the Eagles with two hits apiece.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Dyer took the loss on the mound for the Eagles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

District Assignments Made for Baseball And Softball


It does not seem possible that the spring sports slate is getting closer to the post-season.

 With all the crazy weather and canceled events, Ryan or Waurika’s baseball squads and Ryan’s slow-pitch softball squad have been able to get into a routine.

 However, the district tournament assignments for both sports were released last Friday by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association with tournaments set for next week.

 Ryan’s slow-pitch softball squad, which is 2-3 heading into today’s competition at the Fletcher Tournament, will have a tough district tourney.

 The Cowgirls will travel to Central High and the Lady Bronchos are currently ranked second in Class 2A. Geronimo and Snyder will join the Cowgirls and Central High for the tournament.

 Pairings and the exact time of the tournament, which should be conducted in one day, will be announced.

 Ryan’s baseball squad will also hit the road for the Class B district tournament. Grandfield will serve as the host site and the Cowboys, Bearcats and Olustee/Eldorado will battle for a spot in the regional tourney.

 Waurika has been assigned to the Class A district tourney to be hosted by Central High. The Eagles, Empire and the host school will battle for a right to advance to the regional tourney the following week.

 The district baseball tournaments will begin next Thursday unless the schools agree to a different schedule.

 Assignments for the regional track meet will be released on April 19 but it is likely Ryan and Waurika will be assigned to the regional meet scheduled for Alex on April 28.

Smith, Mora Lead Waurika Thinclads at Alex Invitational


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.

Ryan Tournament Changes Format After Temple Drops Out


Cowboys get one win in tourney and one regular season win.

The fifth annual Cowboy Classic baseball tournament had to make a last-minute switch from pool play to a five-team, double-elimination format after Temple dropped out of the tourney.

 Thackerville claimed the tournament title with a 14-4 victory over Waurika in the championship game.

 The tournament was played last Thursday and Friday which was a wise move considering last Saturday’s frigid weather.

 For the Ryan Cowboys it was a one-day appearance in their own tournament.

 The Cowboys opened the tournament with a 7-5 loss to Big Pasture but managed a 10-3 victory over Grandfield in an elimination game.

 In the next round, however, Waurika eliminated the Cowboy nine with a 10-3 victory.

 The Eagles advanced to the championship game by defeating Big Pasture, 6-4, after Thackerville had handed Big Pasture its first loss of the tournament.

 For the Cowboys, the loss to the Rangers was a tough won considering Ryan had managed a 15-13 victory over Big Pasture earlier in the week.

 In the tournament contest with Big Pasture, the two squads ended the first inning tied at 1-1. The Rangers, however, exploded for six runs in the top of the third inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead.

 The Cowboys were able to hold Big Pasture scoreless the rest of the way, while picking up two runs in the fourth and one run each in the fifth and sixth inning to draw within 7-5, but the time limit ended the game after six innings.

 The victory over Grandfield was also shortened by the time limit, but the Cowboys scored in every inning to secure the win.

 A double by Joseph Martin and a walk by Grayson Tomberlin helped give the Cowboys a 1-0 lead after one inning.

 In the second inning, Andrew Villerreal reached on a walk to open the inning and after two were out, Walter Snider got an RBI-single and he eventually came around to score giving the Cowboys a 3-0 advantage.

 Grandfield cut the margin to 3-1 with a single tally in the top of the third inning, but the Cowboys answered the modest Bearcat rally with three more runs in the bottom of the third.

 G. Tomberlin and Tate Kimbro led the inning off with a pair of singles and them Dawson Tomberlin picked up a two-run double. Tomberlin came around to score after a Grandfield error to extend the Cowboys’ lead to 6-1.

 In the bottom of the fourth, G. Tomberlin tripled after one out and then scored before the Bearcats could retire the Cowboys. Ryan now led, 7-1, heading to the fifth inning.

 In the top of the fifth inning the Bearcats produced three singles coupled with an error and three stolen bases accounted for two runs cutting the lead to 7-3.

 The Cowboys ended all hopes of another rally by Grandfield by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning. Those runs came without the benefit of a base hit thanks to two walks, three stolen bases and two Grandfield errors that put the final score at 10-3.

 This set up an elimination game between Waurika and the Cowboys.

 The Cowboys got off to a good start in the top of the first inning as D. Tomberlin and Martin led off by reaching base to give Ryan a 2-0 lead.

 The Eagles responded in the bottom half of the inning, however, striking for six runs. Bryson Hernandez, Hunter Wesberry, Zachary Brown and Gatlin Black led off the inning by reaching base and all four came around to score.

 Austin Dyer and Michael Bryant got on base after one out and eventually scored before the end of the inning to give the Eagles a 6-2 advantage.

 After a scoreless second inning, the Eagles added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning sending eight batters to the plate.

 Jordan Watkins and Dyer led off the inning by getting on base and Colton Bryant got a two-run single to put the Eagles in front 8-2. The Eagles left two men stranded before the end of the inning.

 The Eagles were not finished, however, sending eight more batters to the plate in the fourth inning. Watkins and Dyer both got one-out walks and eventually came around the score to give the Eagles a 10-3 lead after four innings.

 In the fifth inning, the Eagles scored three more runs and scored a run-rule victory over the Cowboys. Brown, Black and Dyer scored runs for the Eagles to seal the victory.

 Dyer finished the game with four runs scored after reaching base three times on walks.

 This set up another elimination game for the Eagles and Waurika responded to the challenge by scoring a 6-4 victory over Big Pasture earning a spot in the championship game against Thackerville.

 The Wildcats were too much for the Eagles and earned the title with a run-rule victory. It was the second invitational tournament the Wildcats have won this season.

 Earlier in the week the Cowboys picked up their second win over the season at Big Pasture.

 Ryan got off to a 2-0 lead after one inning when Martin reached base and after a G. Tomberlin single and an error, Martin put the first run on the board for the Cowboys.

 G. Tomberlin eventually scored on a two-out, RBI-single by River Williams.

 Things got really interesting in the bottom of the third inning as the Rangers scored five runs with only one hit. A Ryan error and three walks helped the Rangers snag the lead.

 The Cowboys regained the lead in the top of the fourth exploding for eight runs to hold a 10-5 lead.

 Singles by Martin, C. Villerreal and A. Villerreal along with four bases on balls and an error accounted for the five Cowboy runs.

 In the bottom of the fourth, the Rangers cut into the lead with three runs of their own. Two errors and two walks helped the Rangers cut the Ryan lead to 10-8 heading into the fifth inning.

 Big Pasture took the lead in the bottom of the fifth with three more runs. An error, a fielder’s choice, a walk, a single and a double contributed to the rally that put the Rangers in front, 11-10, heading to the sixth inning.

 Ryan answered with four runs in the top of the sixth with three walks and a single by Martin helping produce the go-ahead runs. The Cowboys also left the bases loaded but Ryan held a 14-10 lead.

 After holding Big Pasture scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, the Cowboys managed another run in the top of the seventh inning. Martin was hit by a pitch and eventually scored giving the Cowboys a 15-10 lead.

 Big Pasture tried to rally as the Rangers scored two runs with one out, but the Cowboys were able to get the final two outs.

 D. Tomberlin and A. Villerreal each paced the Cowboys at the plate with two hits apiece. Martin scored four runs for the Cowboys in the contest which ties the school record for most runs scored by an individual in a game.

 Ryan was to have met Waurika and Dickson on Tuesday on the Eagles’ home diamond.

 Today the Cowboys travel to Grandfield for a contest with the Bearcats and on Friday the Cowboys are scheduled to host Alex on Larry Ninman Field at the Bob Givens Sports complex.

 The Cowboys close out the regular season Monday at Geronimo with a three-way matchup with the Blue Jays and Waurika.

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)


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