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Monday, September 24, 2018

Various Factors Hamper The Start of Spring Sports for Cowboys, Eagles

Scouting the Jefferson County sports scene while wondering if March Madness is really about tracking spring sports or about NCAA basketball!

Between weather, playing conditions and a bevy of extra-curricular activities that keep students busy in the spring, some spring sports have had trouble getting under way.

Such is the case for slow-pitch softball and baseball at Ryan High School.

The Cowboy nine was scheduled to take the field for the season-opener last Thursday, but playing conditions on Larry Ninman Field were not up to par after recent rains and the game with Temple was postponed.

The Cowboys were scheduled to begin the season at Turner today with the first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Now the home opener is slated for Monday as the Cowboys will play host to Comanche and will wrap up the pre-spring break part of the schedule next Tuesday by traveling to Grandfield.

For the Cowgirl slow-pitch softball team, the season was scheduled to begin last Monday against Lawton Christian, but because a number of the players were attending the State Beta Club convention in Oklahoma City, the game was canceled.

The Cowgirls were to open the season last Tuesday by hosting Grandfield in a Southern Eight conference clash and those results will appear in next week’s paper.

The first road game for the Cowgirls will be next Tuesday when they will travel to Temple. The softballers will wrap up the pre-spring break part of their schedule on March 15 when they will host Big Pasture.

Waurika was able to get its baseball season started but had its first two contests rained out.

The Eagles opened the season with a 16-8 loss to Frederick on the Bombers’ home diamond and then had another game postponed before dropping a twinbill at Central High, 16-4 and 7-6.

Waurika faced Empire Monday in its home opener for the 2018 season, but dropped a 5-1 decision to the Bulldogs.

The Eagle nine was to have begun play today in the Southwest Donkey Invitational at Bray-Doyle. Waurika was to have met Wynnewood in the first round.

The tournament forced a postponement of Friday’s scheduled contest between Ryan and Waurika that was on tap to be played at Ryan.

The Eagles will return to the diamond on Monday at Dickson and then return home to face Grandfield one week from today before taking time off for spring break.

As always check social media or with your local school to stay up with any last-minute changes in the schedule for baseball, slow-pitch softball, track and golf at the two Jefferson County schools.

Southern Eight Basketball Honorees Shine in All-Star Game

Dawson Tomberlin (left) and Mackenzie Lewis (right) of Ryan were presented scholarships Monday during the conference all star games. The two Ryan seniors were awarded the scholarships based on participation, academics and entering an essay on how high school athletics have influenced their lives. (photo provided)

The annual Southern Eight Conference All-Star basketball games were played at Temple last Monday night and both games came down the wire.

In the girls’ contest, the White team made up of players from Big Pasture, Temple and Ryan came out on top, 50-49, over the Dark team that consisted of players from Waurika, Grandfield and Geronimo.

In the nightcap, the Dark squad (players from Big Pasture, Waurika and Ryan) used 11 three-pointers, including one in the final seconds, to get a 64-63 win over the White team which was comprised of players from Geronimo, Temple and Grandfield.

Steve Spangler, the head coach of the Ryan girls, directed the White team, while Kalee Baxter of Waurika coached the Dark team.

In the girls’ game, the White team overcame the 18-point performance of Waurika’s Madison Roberson, to get the victory.

The White team got off to a 15-9 lead after the first quarter thanks to Ryan’s Juliet Spangler’s five points.

However, the Dark team came back in the second frame to narrow the lead to 30-28 at the break.

The Dark managed to grab the lead at 43-41 heading into the fourth quarter, but it was the scoring efforts of the Ryan duo of Lily York and MacKenzie Lewis that rallied the White team to the victory.

Dawson Tomberlin (left) and Mackenzie Lewis (right) of Ryan were presented scholarships Monday during the conference all star games. The two Ryan seniors were awarded the scholarships based on participation, academics and entering an essay on how high school athletics have influenced their lives.
(photo provided)

Topping the scorers for the White team was Ryan’s Samantha Good with nine points. Spangler finished with seven, York had six and Lewis added five points.

Nine of the 10 members of the White team scored.

Adding to Roberson’s game-high point total was Grandfield’s Laylee Ramirez that totaled 13 points in the losing effort.

Asia Smith of Waurika contributed two points, while the Lady Eagles’ Lexie Streeter played but did not score.

The Cowboys’ Judd Matthes coached the Dark team to the narrow victory thanks to Big Pasture’s Dalton Groves’ long-range trey with three seconds to play to decide the contest.

The Dark team managed a 14-11 lead after the first quarter, but the White squad snared a 30-29 advantage at the half.

The Dark outscored the White, 17-15, in the third quarter to hold a slim one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The two teams battled on even terms in the fourth quarter with Groves’ trey ultimately giving the Dark team the win.

The Dark team was able to gain the victory thanks to four three-pointers in the final quarter including two from Ryan’s Skylar Parkhill.

Groves and his Big Pasture teammate Conner Boydston led the Dark team with 11 points apiece.

Parkhill finished with eight points and his teammate, Dawson Tomberlin, added three points.

Among the Waurika players, Cache Arellano had eight points, while Kevin Garcia and Seth Cathey each totaled seven tallies. Turner Mora scored two points to round out the Waurika contingent.

Ryan’s Tomberlin and Lewis were each awarded a $250 scholarship by the conference.

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