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Cowgirl Cross Country Squad Claims Two Meet Titles

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

 The Ryan Cowgirl cross country squad continues its impressive march through the season as they won two meet titles in two days and claimed a runner-up finish last Monday.

Last Friday the fifth-ranked Cowgirls held off Merritt and Waurika to claim the team crown at Frederick.

The next day, the Cowgirls added another team title by outlasting Velma-Alma and Waurika and successfully defending the title won in 2017 at Healdton.

On Monday, the Cowgirls traveled to Sulphur and finished second to Class 4A’s fifth-ranked Pauls Valley squad. The Lady Panthers had 30 points, while Ryan finished with 64 points.

Another impressive feat by the Cowgirls in these three meets in four days is a different runner paced the team in each of the races.

Lilybet Harmon was the top finisher for the Cowgirls at Sulphur. She finished the 2.2-mile course in 15:33.76 and finished seventh overall. The time set a school record for this distance (not many meets run a 2.2-mile course) set a year ago at the same meet by Holland Carter, who ran a 16:18.79 time.

Not far behind Harmon was Lily York. She finished 10th with a time of 15:52.40.

Juliet Spangler was 12th in the race with a time of 15:58.18 and Carter was 16th with a time of 16:22.49. Katelyn Dabbs recorded a 26th-place finish and a time of 17:38.15.

Alicen Williams finished 41st in the race that featured 64 runners.

Last Saturday at Healdton it was Spangler leading the way for the Cowgirls on the 3,200-meter course in claiming the team title.

Spangler finished third in the individual race and Harmon was right behind in fourth place. Carter was sixth, Dabbs finished seventh and York was eighth giving the Cowgirls four top 10 finishers.

Williams rounded out the Cowgirl competitors by finishing just one spot from earning a medal as she recorded a 26th-place finish.

Times were not available for the meet at Frederick or Saturday’s competition at Healdton.

At Healdton it was Dabbs, a freshman, claiming her best finish of the season. Dabbs nabbed fifth place in the race and Harmon and Spangler were right behind at sixth and seventh place, respectively.

York finished in 10th place, while Carter came in 12th place. Williams finished 30th in the competition.

Sixth place in a team race is not normally considered a very impressive finish, but for the Ryan Cowgirls’ sixth-place finish at Velma-Alma’s cross country meet a week ago Tuesday was quite a performance.

The five teams that finished in front of the Cowgirls were all Class 4A teams and all of them are ranked among the top 11 in that class in the state. It was an extremely competitive meet in the high school girls’ division with 23 teams and over 200 runners entered in the meet.

Ryan finished with 202 points, which was well behind Ardmore Plainview’s meet-winning total of 49 points. Tuttle finished fifth ahead of the Cowgirls with 156 points.

Another indication the meet was a tough one was despite the sixth-place team finish, none of the Cowgirls earned a medal by finishing in the top 25.

Spangler led the Cowgirls’ effort and finished just out of earning a medal with a 26th-place showing. She finished with a time of 14:01.

Not far behind was Dabbs who managed to finish 35th with a time of 14:22. Harmon was just two seconds behind Dabbs and finished 36th. Carter was 46th with a time of 14:43 and York was 59th with a time of 15:00.

Alicen Williams also competed for the Cowgirls, but her finish did not count in the team total. Williams was 100th with a time of 16:41.

The finish by the Cowgirls was also impressive because two of the girls had been battling illness just the day before the meet.

The Cowgirls will next compete in the Cameron University meet at the Big Green Soccer Complex in Lawton. This will be the final meet of the year until the Class 2A regional on October 13.

The junior high boys’ team competed in the meets at Sulphur, Healdton and Frederick. The Cowboys recorded a fifth-place team finish at Sulphur and earned runner up honors at Healdton.

Ryan Junior High Results

At Sulphur

BOYS: 20. Koble Lewis, 8:03.34; 23. Tommy Self, 8:15.59; 30. Alex Uribe, 8:35.95; 32. Mason Adsit, 8:39.79; 47. Landon Alexander; 59. Adan Uribe

GIRLS: 6. Jasmine Villarreal, 31. Whittany Spangler.

At Healdton

BOYS: Mason Adsit, Alex Urbie, Carson Williams, Tommy Self, Aidan Urbie.

GIRLS: 4. Jasmine Villarreal; 14. Whittany Spangler

At Frederick

GIRLS: 12. Jasmine Villerreal (medalists only)

BOYS: 23. Koble Lewis (medalists only)

Cowboys Set to Open District Play

It is time for serious football for the Ryan Cowboys.

 Tomorrow night the Cowgirls will host Empire for a

District B-4 contest at Bob Givens Sports Complex.

 Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

 The Cowboys will take a 3-2 record into the game with the Bulldogs, while Empire is 2-3 on the year.

 Ryan enjoyed a bye week last week and no doubt first-year head coach Tony Tomberlin helped identify the areas the Cowboys have struggled this year during the extra practice sessions.

 The break also gave the Cowboys opportunity to head from nagging mid-season injuries.

 This will be the first meeting between Ryan and Empire on the gridiron since 1977 when Ryan last played 11-man football.

 Empire dropped to eight-man football last season and made a playoff appearance in its first year.

The Bulldogs were the pre-season favorite in most polls to win the district title.

Eagle Gridders Make Long Trip for Short Game

It is a long drive to Caddo. But the Waurika Eagles made quick work of the contest with the Bruins in coming away with a 48-0 victory last Friday night.

The Eagles move to 4-0 on the year and have not played past halftime in any of the games.

Team Captains (l-r) Colton Bryant, Aaron Nitka, and Austin Dyer.
Photo by Adam Brinson

Waurika will move into district play Friday night as they travel to Wilson to face the Carter County Eagles. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The defense came up big for the Eagles last Friday night at Caddo. Waurika took advantage of four Caddo turnovers – turning two of them into instant scores – and also blocked a punt that set up another score for Waurika.

That effort coupled with Waurika scoring three touchdowns in less than two minutes of clock time propelled the Eagles to the big victory and aided in taking command of the game midway through the first quarter.

Edwin Garcia recovering a fumble for a TD. Photo by Adam Brinson

The Eagles got on the scoreboard with 8:18 left in the first quarter that set off the flurry of scores.

Colton Bryant carried the pigskin in from 15 yards out and also ran for the two-point conversion to give Waurika an 8-0 edge.

Zachary Brown alluding a defender.
Photo by Adam Brinson

Caddo was mounting a drive to answer the score, but fumbled the ball at the Eagle 45 and Edwin Garcia alertly scooped it up and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown. Kevin Garcia ran for the two points and Waurika held a 16-0 lead with 7:04 to play in the half.

The next Caddo possession also ended in a turnover and the Eagles took advantage.

Austin Dyer hauled in a 22-yard pass form Turner Mora and Mora ran for the two points and what had been a 0-0 deadlock just moments earlier was now a 24-0 Waurika advantage.

The Eagles got another break late in the first quarter as the Bruins were pinned deep in their own territory and fumbled the ball.

E. Garcia once again was in the right spot and picked up the loose ball and carried it 10 yards for a touchdown. Mora ran for the two-points and with 52 seconds to play in the first quarter, Waurika led, 32-0.

Gatlin Black stopping the Caddo runner in the backfield. Photo by Adam Brinson

Midway through the second quarter, Bryant got his second score of the night on an eight-yard run. Zachary Brown ran for the two points and Waurika was in front, 40-0, with 7:21 to play before intermission.

Waurika closed out the scoring with Mora’s 23-yard scoring scamper and Matt Arriola tacked on the two-point conversion to put Waurika in front, 48-0, with 2:18 left until halftime.

Caddo could not answer and the game ended at the half on the 45-point mercy rule.

For the second time this season Mora led the Eagles in rushing with 73 yards on just six carries. Bryant tacked on 66 yards on nine carries and two scores.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: Waurika now leads the short series with Caddo, 3-2…..The 48 points score by Waurika is the most ever against Caddo and the 48-point margin of victory is also the most ever in the series…Waurika broke a two-game losing streak to the Bruins with the win…Waurika got its first eight-man victory over Caddo after two losses….The Eagles and Bruins played a two-game series in the late 80’s with Waurika winning both games handily…All three of Waurika’s wins over Caddo have been shutouts….Waurika has not started a season 4-0 since the 1989 season when the Eagles won their first nine games and carved out a 12-2 mark for the season…Despite the 4-0 start, the Eagles are not getting much respect around the state as they are unranked in every notable poll.

Game in Figures

                            

                            WHS         CHS

First Downs             6              2

Yards Rushing         25-188     17-44

Yards Passing          25            49

Passes                      2-7           3-10

Passes Int. By          1              0

Fumbles, Lost          1              3

Punts                       0-0           0-0

Penalties                  5-50         8-55

                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Waurika   32            16            x              x–48

Caddo     0              0              x              x–0

                FIRST QUARTER

WAURIKA – Colton Bryant 15 run (Bryant run), 8:18

WAURIKA – Edwin Garcia 55 fumble recovery return (Kevin Garcia run), 7:04

WAURIKA – Austin Dyer 22 pass from Turner Mora (Mora run), 6:47

WAURIKA – E. Garcia 10 fumble recovery return (Mora run), :52         

                SECOND QUARTER

WAURIKA – Bryant 8 run (Zachary Brown run), 7:21

WAURIKA – Mora 23 run (Matt Arriola run), 2:18

                INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Waurika: Rushing – Mora 6-73, Bryant 9-66, Brown 2-23, Arriola 4-17, K. Garcia 3-10, Dyer 1-1; Passing – Mora 2-7-0-25; Receiving – Dyer 1-22, Bryant 1-3.

Eagle Harriers Capture Two Runner Up Finishes

 It was a busy week last week for the Waurika cross country squads and the Waurika boys came away with two runner-up finishes at Frederick and Healdton.

At the Frederick Invitational last Thursday, the Eagles had only two runners earn medals, but that was good enough for a team finish of second place.

Cache Arellano was 15th to top the Eagle runners, while Bryson Hernandez was the only other medal winner with a 20th-place finish.

Other results for the team were not available.

At Healdton last Saturday, the Eagles also managed a second place team finish, but this time all six Waurika competitors finished with a medal.

Hernandez topped the Eagle entries with a second-place finish.

Three Eagles finished in successive order including Arellano who was eighth, Kevin Garcia who was ninth and Gustavo Gomez who was 10th.

Edwin Garcia finished 18th and Nicolas Alvarado was 19th to round out the Eagle medal winners in the meet.

The Lady Eagles finished third at Frederick. The 12th-ranked Lady Eagles were behind seventh-ranked Merritt and meet champion Ryan, who is ranked fifth in Class 2A.

Asia Smith turned in an impressive performance at Frederick and came across the finish line in first place. Lexie Streeter was fifth and Tallin Mora finished 17th to round out the medal winners for the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles also earned a third-place finish at the Healdton Invitational. The Lady Eagles were just behind Velma-Alma and team champion Ryan.

Smith was again the leader for the Lady Eagles as she finished second in the individual race. Streeter was third and Mora captured 15th place.

Times for the performances at Frederick and Healdton were not available.

At Healdton, the Waurika junior high girls’ team captured the team title.

Waurika’s cross country teams competed a week ago Tuesday in the crowded field at the Velma-Alma Invitational.

The Eagles finished ninth in the team race, but none of the Waurika competitors finished in the top 25 to earn a medal. Waurika had 330 points and team champion Byng finished with 34 points. Only one Class 2A team finished ahead of the Eagles.

Leading the way for the Eagles was Bryson Hernandez, who finished 28th. His time of 19:13 was a season-best for the junior multi-sport athlete.

Arellano finished 50th with a time of 20:04 – nearly a minute better than his fastest time of the season. Rounding out the Eagle competitors were K. Garcia (64th, 20:40), Octavio Gomez (66th, 20:45), G. Gomez (89th, 21:43), E. Garcia (101st, 22:23) and Alvarado (116th, 23:08).

The Lady Eagles managed to earn 11th place in the 23-team field at V-A. Waurika finished with 371 points well behind Ardmore Plainview that finished with 49 points. However, only two Class 2A schools – Ryan and Velma-Alma – finished ahead of the Lady Eagles.

Streeter was the top competitor for the Lady Eagles finishing 27th with a time of 14:03 – her best time of the season.

Mora was 54th with a time of 14:56, while Dallas Fristoe finished 88th with a time of 16:18. Faith Roberson was 92nd with a time of 16:28 and Kaci Reynolds rounded out the team finishers with a 110th-place finish.

Also competing for the Lady Eagles was Hope Cummings, who finished 114th with a time of 17:17.

 

Over 200 girls competed in the meet.

 

These three meets closed out the regular season for Waurika’s cross country teams.

The next action for Waurika will be the Class 2A Regional Cross Country meet on October 13.

Junior High Results

At Velma-Alma

Junior High Girls

Waurika finished third in the team race with 142 points.

10. Aubrey Showalter, 11:21; 25. Kynlee Waters, 11:58; 31. Jaci Gholson, 12:07; 34. Skylar Garrett, 12:14; 42. Liberti Simmons, 12:34; 48. Trish Julian, 12:50.

Junior High Boys

43. Isaac Camarillo, 14:54; 48. Alex Gomez, 15:00.

At Healdton

Junior High Girls

6. Jaci Gholson; 8. Skylar Garrett; 12. Kynlee Waters; 15. Liberti Simmons; 17. Trish Julian; 25. Tracy Ballard (Medal Winners Only)

Junior High Boys

5. Treyton Torrez; 16. Alex Gomez (Medal Winners only)

6th Grade Girls

2. Sadie Smith; 6. Niecsa Camarillo; 10. Destiny Foster (Medal Winners only)

It All Gets Serious for District B-4 Grid Squads

While all the games played up to this matter certainly have meaning, they do not match the intensity that is about to occur tomorrow night as the District B-4 schools begin district play.

 All districts across the state began play a couple of weeks ago, but because of Class B having eight districts, each district only has five or six teams.

 So for the remaining five weeks of the season Ryan and Waurika and the rest of District B-4 will be playing for a district title and a playoff spot. The top four teams in the district qualify for post-season play.

 Only two schools – Waurika and Wilson – finished the non-district play with wins last Friday.

And, both Waurika and Wilson went through the non-district slate unbeaten.

Wilson is 5-0 on the year, while Waurika is 4-0. The two teams open district play by facing off at Wilson tomorrow night (Friday).

Last Friday Wilson rolled to a 54-6 victory over Maud, while Waurika scored a 48-0 road victory over Caddo.

Ryan had a bye last Friday and will take a 3-2 mark into district play tomorrow night against Empire at home.

Empire is 2-3 on the year, but has played a slightly tougher schedule than the Cowboys including last week’s 52-24 loss to Class B’s fifth-ranked Alex Longhorns.

Two Stephens County rivals – Central High and Bray-Doyle square off in the other district fray.

Bray-Doyle carries a 2-3 mark into district action, while Central High is 1-3.

Central High, who continues to struggle with injuries and depth, fell to a talented Cyril club, 46-0.

Bray-Doyle met Strother in the final non-district game for the Donkeys and came out on the short end of a 48-16 game. The Yellowjackets had seven players ejected in a skirmish during the game and Bray-Doyle had one player tossed out of the game.

Ryan Softball Seniors Honored at Home Game

The Ryan Senior girls were honored recently at recent home game. The community expressed their gratitude for their commitment and hard work….

The following is a picture of the seniors and their parents.

(l-r) Darwin Deboard, Laken Deboard, Regina Reimer, Kory Reimer, Candice Keith, Justyce Keith, C.J. Keith, Sebastian Guzman, Sadie Guzman, Susan Torress, Josie Martin, Emilee Martin, and Jason Martin. These Seniors along with their parents were honored at the last home softball game of the season.Photo by Sheree Hanson

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