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Friday, August 14, 2020

Cowgirls Nab Third Place at Bulldog Bash; Cowboys Drop Two


The Ryan Cowgirls’ bid to win a second tournament this season fell just short last weekend as the squad finished third in the 11th annual Bulldog Bash at Healdton.

The Cowgirls defeated Wynnewood, 46-32, last Saturday in the third place game.

The Cowgirls dropped a 47-35 decision to the host school in the semifinal round on Friday.

In Thursday’s first round the Cowgirls dominated Elmore City-Pernell in a 52-30 victory.

All three of the opponents in the tournament for the Cowgirls were from Class 2A.

The Cowboys had a tough weekend as they dropped the first two games in the tournament.

The Fox Foxes handed Ryan a 50-36 defeat in the first round last Thursday and then Ringling pounded the Cowboys in the consolation semifinals, 50-30.

Fox boys and Healdton girls – both Ryan opponents during the tourney – claimed the tournament championship last Saturday night.

Cowgirls 46, Wynnewood 32

The Cowgirls dominated play in the second and third quarters to get the win over the Lady Savages.

The Lady Savages kept it close in the first quarter as Ryan held only an 11-10 lead at end of the quarter.

In the second quarter the Cowgirls went on a 12-4 run to take a 23-14 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter, Juliet Spangler and Samantha Good found the range and the Cowgirls dominated the Lady Savages, 17-5, to hold a commanding 40-19 lead heading to the final quarter.

 The Lady Savages cut the margin in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Cowgirls, 13-6, thanks mainly to the Cowgirls poor free throw shooting. Ryan connected on only four of 10 attempts in the fourth quarter and hit only 13 of 24 in the game.

Good led the Cowgirls in scoring with 21 points and was the only Cowgirl in double figures, but six of the seven players that saw action in the game scored.

Healdton 47, Cowgirls 35

Healdton avenged an earlier loss to the Cowgirls with a strong first-half performance and taking advantage of superior depth to earn a spot in the finals of the tourney.

The Cowgirls fell behind the Lady Bulldogs, 17-9, after the first quarter and could never get on track offensively. Healdton increased the lead to 28-15 at intermission.

In the second half, the Cowgirls could only stay even with the Lady Bulldogs.

The Cowgirls outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 15-13 in the third quarter to trim the advantage to 41-30, but Ryan could only score five points in the fourth quarter – including only one field goal – and could not cut in the deficit.

J. Spangler had 15 points and York added 10 points to pace the Cowgirls in scoring.

The Cowgirls have won only two of 14 meetings with Healdton since the 1993 season.

Cowgirls 52, ECP 30

The Cowgirls used a strong second and fourth quarters to earn the first round victory despite missing a number of shots from point-blank range.

The two squads were tied at eight apiece after one quarter, but Ryan went on a 16-6 run in the second period to take a 24-14 lead at halftime.

The Cowgirls were able to extend the lead after three quarters with a 13-10 advantage giving Ryan a 37-24 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

In the final period the Cowgirls pulled away by outscoring the Lady Badgers, 15-6.

The Cowgirls were impressive on the offensive board with 14 rebounds compared to the Lady Badgers’ two offensive rebounds. Overall, the Cowgirls held a 40-16 advantage on the boards.

On the defensive end, the Cowgirls produced nine steals in the game.

York led the Cowgirls in scoring with 20 points, while J. Spangler added 15 points.

With this win the Cowgirls hold a 3-1 advantage over the Lady Badgers since the 1990 season.

Ringling 50, Cowboys 30

It took the Cowboys three quarters to get on track offensively and by that time the Blue Devils had built a big lead to earn a spot in the consolation finals.

Ringling sped to a 17-6 advantage after the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Cowboys could not find the basket as they scored only three points – all on free throws. In the meantime the Blue Devils were expanded the lead to 26-9 at the half.

The Blue Devils increased the lead to 39-15 after the end of the first quarter.

The Cowboys finally began to put points on the scoreboard in the final frame, but the deficit was too much for Ryan to overcome.

The 15 points scored in the quarter by Ryan was as many as the previous three quarters combined.

Andrew Villerreal topped the Cowboys in scoring with 13 points, but no other Cowboy could hit for double figures.

This was the fifth straight loss to the Blue Devils dating back to 2017.

Fox 50, Cowboys 36

Despite missing a pair of starters the undefeated Foxes rallied for the first round win over the Cowboys.

The Cowboys assisted with the comeback by committing over 20 turnovers in the contest.

The Cowboys jumped out to a 12-4 lead after the first quarter, but Fox found the shooting range in the second quarter and outscored the Cowboys 17-6 to hold a slim 21-18 lead at halftime.

Fox increased the lead in the third quarter with a 10-6 scoring advantage to take a 31-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Foxes pulled away in the final quarter with a 19-12 scoring advantage.

Logan McCurtain hurt the Cowboys with his outstanding outside shooting. McCurtain finished the game as the leading scorer with 19 points and that includes five three-pointers.

Grayson Tomberlin led the Cowboys in scoring with 12 points.

Ryan still holds a 6-2 record against the Foxes with one year’s result unknown dating back to the 1996 season.

Photo By Sheree Hanson

Waurika Wins Consolation Title


 After dropping a first-round game to Davis, the Waurika Eagles came back to win two straight games in two days to claim the consolation title of the 89th annual Stephens County Tournament at Comanche.

Not only did the Eagles win two straight games, but they did it in impressive fashion with a 65-36 win over Bray-Doyle on Friday and a 48-27 victory over Central High last Saturday afternoon.

Waurika’s boys dropped into the consolation bracket after the loss to Davis.

The Lady Eagles also lost their first round game to Marlow and in Friday’s consolation semifinals the Lady Eagles fell to Central High, 40-37.

The Comanche girls claimed their sixth straight county tourney title, while Velma-Alma won its second straight county title on the boys’ side of the tourney.

Eagles 48, Central 27

Central High hung around the Eagles in the first half, but Waurika managed to pull away in the fourth quarter with a 20-point explosion to claim the big win.

The Bronchos actually led after the first quarter, 9-7, but Waurika went on a 10-3 spurt in the second quarter to hold a 17-12 advantage at the half.

Waurika was able to extend the lead in the third quarter by outscoring Central, 11-6, to carry a 28-18 lead into the final quarter.

The Eagles overwhelmed Central in the fourth quarter with the 20-point outburst that was fueled by three treys – one each by Treyton Torrez, Kevin Garcia and Peyton Fletcher – to give the Eagles the 21-point win.

Torrez led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points.

Central 40, Lady Eagles 37

The Lady Eagles and Central High fought to a 7-7 draw after the first quarter, but the Lady Bronchos connected on a pair of treys in the second quarter to outscore Waurika, 13-8, and take a 20-15 lead into the locker room.

Central High was able to add to the lead with a 10-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter to hold a 30-23 lead.

Waurika put on a furious rally in the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Bronchos, 14-10, but could not overtake the Lady Bronchos as Central High was able to connect on five of eight from the charity stripe to help hold off the Lady Eagles.

Tallin Mora led the Eagles in scoring with nine points.

Eagles 65, BD 36

A second quarter scoring barrage by the Eagles scored proved to be the difference in handing the winless Donkeys the loss and earning the berth in the consolation finals.

Waurika held only a 10-7 lead after the first quarter, but when on a 16-5 run in the second quarter giving the Eagles a commanding 26-12 lead at the half.

Coming out of the locker room after intermission the Eagles continued to pound the Donkeys and outscored Bray-Doyle, 20-15, to increase the lead to 46-27.

The Eagles put up 19 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Donkeys to only 10 tallies to record the victory.

Torrez led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points including the only two treys of the game for Waurika. Fletcher added 12 points and Turner Mora added 10 points.

Eight different Eagles contributed on the scoreboard in the contest.

Cowgirls Drop Championship Game to Lone Grove in Wilson Tourney


Playing in their second championship tournament game this season, the Ryan Cowgirls fell to Lone Grove, 58-34, at the Black and Gold Classic last Saturday night at Wilson.

The Cowboys picked up their second win of the season in the tourney, but dropped games to Lone Grove and Pauls Valley Junior Varsity to finish sixth in the tournament.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls close out the first semester part of the season with a road trip to Temple Friday night. Tipoff for the girls’ game will be 6:30 p.m.

The championship game for the Cowgirls was a tough one as Lone Grove rolled to a 28-2 lead before the Cowgirls managed to close out the quarter with four straight points to trail, 28-6.

 The Lady Longhorns never looked back despite the Cowgirls’ attempt to rally.

The Cowgirls cut into the lead in the second quarter by outscoring the Lady Longhorns, 18-9, but still trailed at intermission, 37-24.

The Lady Longhorns ruined any hopes of a dramatic comeback by the Cowgirls with a 17-6 run in the third period to hold an insurmountable lead, 54-30, heading to the final quarter.

It was the hot outside shooting of the Lady Longhorns that propelled them to a big lead. Lone Grove connected on 10 three-point buckets in the contest.

Samantha Good and Lily York each connected for 14 points for the Cowgirls and Juliet Spangler chipped in six points, but they were the only three players to score for the Cowgirls.

In last Friday’s semifinal contest with Healdton the Cowgirls recorded a 39-32 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

The two teams were tied at the end of one period, but the Cowgirls took charge in the second quarter with a 12-2 run and led at the half, 19-9.

The Lady Bulldogs cut into the lead in the third quarter by putting up 16 points and holding Ryan to only 11 points, but the Cowgirls clung to a 30-25 advantage heading to the final frame.

The Cowgirls sealed the game in the fourth quarter by hitting four of five free throws down the stretch to hold off the Lady Bulldogs.

Good finished with 17 points for the Cowgirls which included an 11 of 15 performance from the line. York added 11 tallies.

As a team the Cowgirls finished only 19 of 31 from the charity stripe.

In the first round of the tourney the Cowgirls edged past the host school, 39-30.

The Cowgirls led 9-4 after the first quarter and held a 21-9 advantage at the half thanks to three first-half treys by Good.

In the third quarter the Lady Eagles trimmed the margin to 29-21, but the Cowgirls held off the Lady Eagles in the final quarter to secure the win.

It was a cold shooting night from the field for both teams as Ryan finished only 12 of 55 in the game. Wilson was not much better as they connected on only nine of 36 field goal attempts.

Good finished with 17 points and York added 11 points.

The Cowboys hung tough with Class 3A Lone Grove in the first-round game last Thursday as they trailed by only 10 points with six minutes to play.

However, the Longhorns outscored the Cowboys, 20-6, in the final quarter to pull away for the 55-25 victory.

No Cowboys were able to hit double figures in scoring, but Skyler Wickware paced the Cowboys with eight points in the game.

In the victory over Temple in the consolation semifinals on Friday the Cowboys had to rally from a first-half deficit to secure their second win of the season.

Ryan led the Tigers, 7-5, after one period, but the Tigers dominated play in the second quarter and held a 25-15 advantage at the half.

 The Cowboys buckled down on defense in the second half and the Tigers suffered from poor shooting as they managed only four points in each of the final two periods.

The Cowboys poured in 23 points in the second half to gain the victory.

Landen Alexander led the Cowboys in scoring with 16 points and Julian Rodriguez added 10 points.

Ryan connected on only three of 10 from the free throw line in the victory.

 The Cowboys continued to suffer free-throw shooting woes in Saturday’s consolation finals as they converted only six of 21 attempts from the free throw line in the 53-38 loss.

The Panthers’ JV raced to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter and held off the Cowboys through the remainder of the game.

It was a 28-20 game at the half, but the Panthers outscored the Cowboys in the third quarter, 15-8, to gain a 43-28 advantage and the Cowboys could not pull any closer as both teams recorded 10 points in the final quarter.

Andrew Villerreal was the top scorer for the Cowboys with 16 points and Rodriguez added 10.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: Good was selected to the all-tournament team for her performance in the three games for the Cowgirls….Good averaged 16 points a game for the Cowgirls in the tourney…The Cowgirls avenged last year’s 52-41 defeat by Healdton in the semifinals with the victory last Friday night….This was the first time since 1991 that a Cowgirl basketball team has played in two tournament championship games in a season….Both teams have one more invitational tournament – the Bulldog Bash at Healdton – in January….The Cowboys’ first-year coach, Kenny Barnes, picked up his 200th career win in the win over Thackerville earlier this season…This was the third straight sixth-place finish by the Cowboys in this tournament and the fifth overall appearance for Ryan in this tournament…The Cowboys finished second in 2016 and third in 2014….The runner up finish by the Cowgirls in the tourney is the second time Ryan has dropped the championship game of the Black and Gold Classic….The Cowgirls also played for the tourney title in 2017, but lost to Healdton.

Waurika Drops Pair to Velma-Alma’s Ranked Roundballers


 Waurika hosted the Velma-Alma Comets Tuesday night for a doubleheader encounter and the visitors came away with a pair of victories.

The Lady Comets bested the Lady Eagles, 44-33, while the Comets toppled the Eagles, 53-29.

The Lady Comets are 7-0 and ranked 17th in the latest Class A rankings. The Comets are now 5-1 and are ranked sixth in Class A.

The Lady Eagles dropped to 3-3 with the loss and the Eagles are now 4-2.

Waurika will close out the December portion of the schedule with a Friday matchup with Grandfield on the Bearcats’ home court. Tipoff for the girls’ game is 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Waurika will return home and face Big Pasture. The girls’ game will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Waurika gym.

The Lady Eagles were in front of the Lady Comets after one quarter of play, 14-10.

In the second quarter, however, the Lady Eagles went ice cold and scored only two points. Fortunately, the Lady Comets only managed eight points, but it was enough to give them an 18-16 lead at the half.

The third quarter was a battle with Velma-Alma coming out of the period with an 11-10 advantage to lead 29-26 heading into the final quarter.

The Lady Comets outscored the Lady Eagles, 15-7, to secure the victory in the fourth quarter.

Velma-Alma had three girls in double figures and all three were responsible for the Lady Comets’ fourth-quarter surge.

Jaycee Kimbrough and Shain Ille each had 13 points, while Destinee Wofford added 12 points.

Waurika’s Tallin Mora had 13 points including eight in the first quarter to help the Lady Eagles hold the lead. Asia Smith added 10 points for the Lady Eagles.

The Eagles simply could not keep pace with the talented Comets.

The Comets jumped out to a 13-8 lead and increased the margin to 31-15 by the break.

In the third quarter the Comets put the game away with an 18-6 run to open up a 49-21 lead going into the final frame.

Waurika outscored the Comets, 8-4, in the fourth quarter, but the game was out of reach by that time.

Treyton Torrez led the Eagles in scoring with seven points.

Ringling Brings State Grid Title Back to Jefferson County


 The Ringling Blue Devils closed out the 2019 football season like every team dreams – by winning a state championship last Saturday in the Class A finals.

Ringling built a 20-7 lead and then held off Cashion for the 20-14 victory over the Wildcats and earn a fifth state championship in football for the Blue Devils.

Cashion was the top-ranked Class A team at the end of the regular season and Ringling was the number two squad.

The contest, played at the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond, was pretty even but ultimately the Blue Devil defense was able to hold off Cashion.

Ringling rallied from a season-opening 22-20 loss to Mangum by winning 13 straight games en route to the title.

In those 13 wins, opponents failed to score against the Blue Devil defense nine times.

Second-year coach Phil Koons guided the Blue Devils to their first state title since 2012.

DEVIL DABBLINGS: The Blue Devils made their 43rd appearance in post-season play and Ringling holds an 81-38 record in all playoff games… .The Blue Devils first made an appearance in the playoffs in 1961…Currently the Blue Devils have made the playoffs every year this century…Ringling has appeared in the playoffs for 21 straight seasons…..The Blue Devils’ march to the state title was an unusual one in that the Blue Devils had not met any of the opponents in previous playoff games until the game with Cashion….Ringling is now 2-2 in playoff games against Cashion…Ringling, which won two home playoff games this season, is now 49-15 in home games in the playoffs….Ringling holds a 19-15 mark in road wins in the playoffs including this season’s 28-12 victory at Pawhuska….Ringling is 13-8 in playoff games played at neutral sites….Ringling has played for the state championship 11 times and have won five gold balls….Ringling has shutout 23 opponents in post-season play and two of those shutouts came this year against Watonga and Frederick….Ryan head football coach and principal, Tony Tomberlin, is a Ringling graduate….The Blue Devils have had 13 seasons since 1960 in which they lost only one game or less in a season….Ringling is an astounding 11-2 in semifinal games in the playoffs….Ringling has failed to advance to the second round only 12 times in 43 post-season appearances….The other state championship Blue Devil squads came in 2003, 1992 and 1989.

Proposed Football Districts For 2020 and 2021 Released


 Every two years the football schools in Oklahoma are regrouped into districts.

New enrollment figures place Waurika around the middle of Class B and Ryan will move to Class C for football for the next two seasons.

In early January the districts will be finalized by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.

The Oklahoma Football Coaches Association makes recommendations to the OSSAA and those recommendations have been released.

Class B is divided into eight six-team districts, while Class C is made up of four eight-team districts.

It is recommended that Waurika be assigned to District B-3.

Two of Waurika’s district foes from the past two years are part of the recommendations. Central High and Empire will probably join the Eagles in the new district.

Joining the three schools will more than likely be Cyril, Snyder and Tipton. Tipton, who has dominated play in Class C the past four years, has moved into Class B for the next two years.

Bray-Doyle, one of Waurika’s district foes this past season has been recommended for District B-4, while Velma-Alma will begin district play in District B-4 along with Alex, Caddo, Strother and Southwest Covenant.

The Eagles will have five non-district games on the 2020 schedule which will be finalized soon after the district recommendations have been approved.

Ryan has been placed in District C-2 by the coaches’ association. All the other teams in the district have been in Class C the past two years.

None of the teams recommended for placement in District C-2 will be totally unfamiliar to the Cowboys.

The district will likely include Temple and Grandfield – both long-time rivals of Ryan.

Also recommended to be in the district are Fox, Maysville, Mountain View-Gotebo, Paoli and Thackerville.

All of those schools have been on the Cowboys’ schedule but it has been 10 years since the Cowboys have faced Fox and Paoli in the regular season.

The districts are to be finalized at a meeting on January 15.

Eagle Roundballers Pick Up Consolation Title at Comet Classic


Waurika’s boys basketball squad rebounded from a first-round setback by winning two consecutive games and claimed the consolation title of the Comet Classic at Velma-Alma last weekend.

The Waurika girls won a first-round game in the tourney, but fell in the next two contests to finish fourth.

The Waurika boys fell in the first round to Walters, 55-46, before taking a 52-41 victory over Marlow Junior Varsity and handing Sterling a 46-30 defeat in the consolation finals of the tourney last Saturday night.

The Lady Eagles claimed a 35-33 victory over Konawa in the first round of the tourney last Thursday, but fell in the semifinals to Amber-Pocasset, 51-28, and to Sterling, 40-29, in the third place clash.

The first-round win by the Lady Eagles was close throughout.

Waurika held a 10-6 lead after the first quarter and both teams battled on even terms in the second quarter to give the Lady Eagles a 17-13 advantage at the intermission.

Konawa took the lead after three quarters by outscoring the Lady Eagles, 12-7, to hold a 25-24 lead entering the final period of play.

Liberti Simmons and Asia Smith hit key free throws down the stretch and Tallin Mora hit two of her four three pointers in the fourth quarter to give Waurika the win.

 Mora paced the Lady Eagles in scoring with 12 points.

In the semifinals, the Lady Panthers proved to be too much for the Lady Eagles after Waurika had a hard time scoring in the first quarter.

The Lady Panthers moved out to a 13-2 advantage after the first quarter and Waurika really never got on track on the offensive end of the court.

Am-Po increased the margin to 27-11 at the half.

Waurika narrowed the gap to 35-21 at the end of the third quarter, the Lady Panthers went on a 16-7 scoring run in the fourth quarter to dash any hopes of a Waurika rally.

Smith was the only Waurika player in double figures with 12 points.

In Saturday’s third place game the Lady Tigers held a slim 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and increased the lead to 12-9 after the second period.

The Lady Tigers added to the lead in the third quarter with an 11-8 advantage to lead 23-17 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Tigers pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 17-12 run to secure the victory.

Smith was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with nine points.

The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season in the first round of the tournament.

Walters took a 14-5 first quarter advantage, but the Eagles cut the deficit to 23-18 by the end of the first half.

The Eagles continued to chip away at the Blue Devil advantage and trailed 35-32 at the end of the third quarter.

The game was close throughout the final quarter, but Walters converted 12 of 17 free throws to hold off the Eagles and stretch the lead to the final margin.

Treyton Torrez had a season-high 21 points for the Eagles, but no other Waurika player was in double figures.

The Eagles got back on the winning track in the consolation semifinals with an impressive 11-point victory over the Outlaw Junior Varsity.

In the first quarter neither team could score and Waurika ended the quarter with just a 6-2 lead.

The Eagles increased the margin to 24-16 by halftime and pulled away with 28 points in the second half while holding the Outlaws to only 15 points in the final two quarters.

Peyton Fletcher led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points, while Torrez added 12.

In Saturday’s consolation championship game, the Eagles had to rally from a 12-4 deficit in the first quarter.

Waurika outscored the Tigers, 13-7, in the second quarter to trail only 19-17 heading to the locker room.

The Eagles took command of the game in the third quarter with a 14-3 scoring advantage to lead 31-22 going into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers made a run at the Eagles, but the Eagles were able to connect on nine of 12 free throw attempts to get the win.

Torrez had 15 points to pace the Eagles in scoring.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: Velma-Alma girls and boys won the tournament titles on Saturday…The was the second straight year the Waurika teams have competed in the Comet Classic….The boys improved on last year’s 0-2 performance by taking the consolation title, while the Lady Eagles finished fourth after winning the consolation title in the 2018 tourney…Torrez finished the tourney by averaging 16 points in the three games….Smith was the top point-producer in the tourney for the Lady Eagles with 28 points in three games.

Lady Eagles Turn In Impressive Performance At State Meet


All through the regular season – including the regional cross country meet – the Waurika girls’ cross country squad has been on the cusp of accomplishing great things.

And, all the hard work and competition of the 2019 season paid off last Saturday at the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet held at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee.

The Lady Eagles, who finished behind Ryan and Merritt at the regional on Waurika’s home course, outdistanced those two teams in the state meet to earn fifth place – the highest finish ever for a Waurika cross country squad at state.

Watonga claimed the team title over Hooker by one point. Watonga finished with 52 points, while the Lady Bulldogs had 53. Cherokee was fourth with 119 points and Boise City was fourth with 134 points. Waurika claimed fifth place with 175 points.

“I was very proud of the high school girls this year,” said long-time cross country coach Joe Masoner. “They started working towards state in June in the weight room.”

The course was a difficult one last Saturday as the recent rains produced a somewhat muddy path for the competitors in the crowded Class 2A field which featured 154 runners.

Asia Smith led the way for the Lady Eagles earning 21st place with a time of 13:43.06 – her second best time of the season. Smith was a late addition to the Lady Eagles’ squad and she really made a difference for the Lady Eagles in the last part of the season.

Tallin Mora finished 34th with a time of 13:52.10 – also her second best time of the season.

Liberti Simmons, just a freshman for the Lady Eagles, earned 35th in her first appearance in the state meet with a time of 13:52.47 – her second best clocking of the season.

Lexie Streeter was 53rd for the Lady Eagles. She turned in a time of 14:08.62.

Rounding out the team scorers for the Lady Eagles was Faith Roberson. She finished 92nd in the race and turned in a season-best time of 15:07.12.

Also representing Waurika at the state competition was Hope Cummings. She finished 132nd with a time of 16:46.04 – also her best time of the season over a 3,200-meter course.

Kaci Reynolds finished not far behind Cummings in 140th place with a time of 17:33.54.

The fifth-place finish for the Lady Eagles was the highest team finish at the state meet in school history.

The Lady Eagles have qualified for the state cross country meet the past three seasons and have improved each year. In 2017, Waurika finished 14th and in 2018 the Lady Eagles were ninth.

Waurika also qualified for state in 2014 and 2013.

“These girls ran hard in practice and in meets,” said Masoner commenting on the 2019 season. “I was hoping for a regional title this year, but they gave themselves a chance.”

 “The one thing about this group of ladies is they were determined to do better at state which they did by finishing fifth overall and beating the two teams that beat them at regionals,” added Masoner.

 “I am super excited about next year getting everyone back next year except for Sara (Ballard),” noted Masoner. “We will add five girls moving up from the junior high team that will make us better.”

While the boys’ squad failed to qualify for the state meet, they claimed one meet title and performed well against some tough competition throughout the year.

“I am also proud of the boys’ team although we didn’t qualify for state,” said Masoner about the Eagles’ 2019 season. “The boys never seemed to get over the hump where their times started to go down.”

“They worked hard and ran close to each other which needs to be done to score well but only was able to do that in the front half of the pack in a couple of meets,” Masoner noted.

 “It hurt not having Bryson (Hernandez) this year since he has been one of the team leaders the previous three years,” said Masoner. “We are losing half our team to graduation, but we will get some help from the junior high team.”

With the accomplishments of both teams this year, the Lady Eagles and Eagles have a lot to look forward to next fall for the 2020 cross country season.

Explosive Wilson Offense Buries Cowboys in District Bout


 The Wilson Eagles came into Ryan last Friday night and unleashed a powerful offensive attack in rolling to a 68-22 victory over the Cowboys at Bob Givens Sports Complex.

 With the win, the Eagles are guaranteed second place in District B-4 and a home playoff game in the first round of the post-season.

The Cowboys will try to rebound from the loss in the final regular season game as they travel to Central High Friday to meet the Bronchos. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The game Friday is critical to both teams’ playoff hopes.

Last Friday Wilson used its team speed to its maximum potential as several receivers ran open through the Ryan secondary throughout the game that ended near the end of the third quarter.

Wilson rolled up 518 total yards and 313 yards were through the air – the fourth highest passing yards by an opponent in school history.

The Cowboys, however, contributed to Wilson’s success by failing to cover a pair of kickoffs and giving up the ball once on an interception and once on a fumble.

Wilson took the opening kickoff of the game and promptly marched 56 yards on five plays with Hayden Mantooth racing 27 yards on the ground for the first score of the game. Logan Schaaf ran for the two-point conversion giving Wilson an 8-0 lead with 10:17 left in the first quarter.

The Cowboys could not produce a first down on their first possession and were forced to punt and Wilson took possession at its own 36.

On first down Schaaf found a wide open Sane Honea – his favorite target of the night – for a 64-yard scoring play. Axson Hunsiker caught the two-point conversion pass and with 7:36 left in the first quarter the Eagles held a 16-0 advantage.

The Cowboys answered with a 63-yard drive on just three plays as Grayson Tomberlin scampered 45 yards for a score. Tomberlin ran for the two points and Ryan had cut into the Wilson lead with 6:11 showing in the first quarter.

The two teams exchanged punts and Wilson got the ball again at the Cowboy 40. In just four plays the Eagles found the end zone with Mantooth skirting 23 yards for the touchdown. The pass for two points was broken up by Tomberlin, but Wilson had a 22-8 lead with 1:07 left in the first quarter.

It was the second quarter that the wheels really fell off for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys had a drive going, but facing a third and three at the Eagle 43, Tomberlin scrambled around before trying to hit a receiver and Manthooth stepped in front and intercepted the ball for Wilson giving the Eagles possession at their own 34.

The Eagles drove the 66 yards for the score, but it took eight plays. The Eagles converted two third downs along the way including the scoring play which was a 23-yard pass from Schaaf to Hunter Wyatt. Honea caught the two-point conversion pass and with 5:52 to play in the half the Eagles were in command with a 30-8 advantage.

On the kickoff by the Eagles the ball bounced pass the Ryan returner and Mantooth was right there to cover the loose ball for the Eagles.

This miscue, however, did not cost the Cowboys as five plays later Mantooth fumbled and Walter Snider came up with the ball for the Cowboys at the Ryan 11.

Andrew Villerreal broke off a 52-yard run to spur the drive that covered 89 yards in eight plays. Villerreal carried the pigskin in from four yards out and with 1:29 left the Cowboys had trimmed the lead to 30-14.

Wilson answered the score quickly as Schaaf hit Kaden Barron for a 61-yard touchdown pass and after Schaaf passed to Tommy Wright the Eagle lead increased to 38-14 with only 1:07 left before intermission.

On the kickoff, the Cowboys did not handle the ball cleanly and Caylen Fulton recovered the loose ball for the Eagles.

Three plays later Schaaf hit Honea from 16 yards out for a touchdown and then passed to Mantooth for the two points to increase the lead to 46-14 with 34 seconds showing on the clock.

This meant the Eagles scored 16 points within 33 seconds to end the half and essentially seal the win.

There was no scoring in the third quarter until almost halfway through the period.

Wilson ran the lead to 54-14 with a six-play, 37-yard drive that followed a Ryan fumble. Wyatt scored from the one and Schaaf ran for the two points with 7:18 showing remaining in the third quarter.

The Cowboys refused to quit, however, and after forcing the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs Ryan took the ball at its own 37-yard line. On first down Tomberlin took off up the middle and then cut to the right side and outran the Wilson defense for a 63-yard score. Caleb Perrin caught a pass from Tomberlin for the two-point conversion to narrow the gap to 54-22 with 4:32 left in the quarter.

Wilson closed out the game with a seven-yard scoring run by Schaaf and a 57-yard pass from Barron to Honea. When the Eagles’ Barron ran for the two points, the game was ended.

Honea dominated the receiving corps for the Eagles with six catches for 217 yards and three scores.

Tomberlin finished with 164 yards rushing on just 17 carries and Villerreal ended up with 120 yards on 14 carries for the Cowboys who rushed for 290 total yards.

Five Cowboy senior football players took the field for the final time at Bob Givens Sports Complex. Jonathan Clark, Parker Carey, Villerreal, Gunner Phillips and Snider made their final appearance at home in a Cowboy uniform and were introduced before the game as part of Senior Night festivities.

COWBOY CORRAL: The playoff picture for the Cowboys is unclear heading into Friday’s meeting with Central High….The only sure thing is that Ryan must win over the Bronchos to have a chance to make the post-season – and they must win by 10 points or more….A Ryan win and an Empire loss to Waurika would make a three-way tie in the district for third place and Empire would take third based on the point tiebreaker system….A Central win would give the Bronchos third place and Empire would take the fourth spot because of the win over the Cowboys earlier in the season….Central High would gain fourth place in the district if the Cowboys win by less than 10 points….Ryan now trails the series with Wilson, 13-8…..The first meeting in football between the two schools came in 1920…Wilson has won four of the last five meetings and seven of the last 10 dating back to 1970….The 68 points scored by the Eagles is the most ever against Ryan eclipsing the 54 points scored in 1965 against the Cowboys….The 90 points scored by both teams is the most ever in the 21-game series….The 22 points scored by Ryan is the third most against Wilson in a losing cause….This was the fourth game this season that Tomberlin and Villerreal have each rushed for 100 or more yards.

Game in Figures

                                    WHS           RHS

First Downs                  18                13

Yards Rushing            30-205        32-290

Yards Passing               313              15

Passes                         11-16             2-9

Passes Int. By                 1                  0

Fumbles, Lost               2-1              3-2

Punts                            1-45            2-31

Penalties                       4-35            5-37


Wilson      22            24              22              x—68

Ryan         8              6                8                x—22

WILSON- Hayden Mantooth 27 run (Logan Schaaf run), 10:17, 1st Quarter

WILSON -Shane Honea 64 pass from Schaaf (Axson Hunziker pass from Schaaf), 2:36, 1st Quarter

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 45 run (Tomberlin run), 6:11, 1st Quarter

WILSON – Mantooth 23 run (pass failed), 1:07, 1st Quarter

WILSON – Hunter Wyatt 23 pass from Schaaf (Honea pass from Schaaf), 5:52, 2nd Quarter

RYAN – Andrew Villerreal 4 run (run failed), 1:29, 2nd Quarter

WILSON – Kaden Barron 61 pass form Schaaf (Tommy Wright pass from Schaaf), 1:07, 2nd Quarter

WILSON – Honea 16 pass from Schaaf (Mantooth pass from Schaaf), :34.6, 2nd Quarter

WILSON – Wyatt 1 run (Schaaf run), 7:18, 3rd Quarter

RYAN – Tomberlin 63 run (Caleb Perrin pass from Tomberlin), 4:32, 3rd Quarter

WILSON – Schaaf 7 run (pass failed), 3:08, 3rd Quarter

WILSON – Honea 57 pass from Barron (Barron run), :36.5, 3rd Quarter


WILSON: Rushing – Hayden Mantooth 13-131, Logan Schaaf 2-36, Kaden Barron 5-26, Hunter Wyatt 5-12; Passing – Schaaf 10-15-256-0, Barron 1-1-57-0; Receiving – Shane Honea 6-217, Caylen Fulton 2-15, Barron 1-61, Wyatt 1-23, Mantooth 1-(-3).

RYAN: Rushing – Grayson Tomberlin 17-164, Andrew Villerreal 14-120, Caleb Perrin 1-6; Passing – Tomberlin 1-8-5-1, Villerreal 1-1-10-0; Receiving – Tomberlin 1-10, Villerreal 1-5; Tackles – Villerreal 11, Try Bryant 7, Tomberlin 7, Gunner Phillips 6, Jonathan Clark 5, Skyler Wickware 4, Perrin 3, Walter Snider 3, Parker Carey 3.

Eagles Demolish Bray-Doyle to Claim District Championship

Gabe Jenkins

 Waurika used a smothering defense and a powerful offense to claim a second straight 60-0 victory – this time over Bray-Doyle last Friday Night on Norman West Field.

The win, coupled with an Empire loss, gave the Eagles their second straight district title and the third overall since beginning eight-man competition.

The Eagles will travel to Empire tomorrow night (Friday) for the regular season finale and Waurika will try to earn a second straight undefeated season among District B-4 foes. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on the Bulldogs’ home field.

Turner Mora
Photo by Adam Brinson

The Eagles, now 8-1 on the year counting a forfeit win from Temple, were no match for the hapless Donkeys that are now 2-7 for the season and winless in district play on a near perfect night for football.

It did not take the Eagles long to get the first score of the night as they drove 53 yards in five plays. Gabe Jenkins got the touchdown and Turner Mora added the two points on the ground to give Waurika an 8-0 lead just a little over one minute into the game.

The Eagles forced Bray to punt and this gave Waurika the ball at the Eagle 49. In just two plays the Eagles covered the 51 yards with Hunter Wesberry getting a 37-yard scoring strike from Mora. Jordan Watkins ran for the two points and Waurika held a 16-0 lead with 6:34 left in the first quarter.

Waurika’s Defense
Photo by Adam Brinson

The Donkeys could not make a first down on their next possession and the Eagles took over on downs at the Donkey 46. Mora scampered 46 yards for the score and this gave Waurika a 22-0 advantage with 4:40 left in the first quarter.

The Waurika defense continued its impressive play as Bray-Doyle’s next possession netted only one yard and Waurika took over on downs.

This time it took Waurika three plays to get the final score of the first quarter. Kevin Garcia swept around the right side and then zig-zagged across the field to score from 31 yards out. Mora ran for the two points giving Waurika a 30-0 lead with 2:07 left in the second quarter.

It was nothing doing for the Donkey offense as Bray-Doyle turned the ball back over to the Eagles at the Donkey 36.

After a 15-yard run by Mora, the talented senior quarterback found Garcia for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Watkins ran for the two points and with 11:10 left in the second quarter, Waurika was in command with a 38-0 advantage.

An interception on Bray’s next possession by Treyton Torrez put the Eagles in business at the Waurika 46. In two plays Waurika traveled the 54 yards for a score. Garcia picked up 37 yards on the scoring play and Watkins added the two points for a 46-0 lead with 8:50 left in the half.

Another interception – this time by Travis Etheridge – gave Waurika the ball. Trent Arellano capped the drive with a 25-yard scoring run to put Waurika in front, 52-0, with 6:17 left in the first half.

Hunter Wesberry
Photo by Adam Brinson

Following a Bray punt, the Eagles launched their final scoring drive of the night from the Bray 18. Torrez scored from 18 yards out and Seth Waid carried the ball over the goal for the two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 60-0 lead with only 1:51 left in the half and the game.

The quick scores and excellent field position did not allow for many impressive numbers, but the Eagles did manage 265 yards rushing on just 15 attempts. Mora led all Waurika rushers with 71 yards on only five carries.

Payton Fletcher
Photo by Adam Brinson

The Eagle defense had one of its most impressive performances of the season limiting Bray-Doyle to minus-seven yards on 19 carries. The Eagles also forced a pair of interceptions.

It was Senior Night for the Eagles and nine Eagle seniors were recognized before the start of the contest.

Donning the red and white for the final time in a regular season game at Waurika were Mora, Edwin Garcia, Wesberry, Waid, Watkins, Payton Fletcher, Bryson Hernandez (who has been injured most of the year), Etheridge and Colby Mead.

Turner Mora
Photo by Adam Brinson

EAGLE FLIGHTS: Even with a loss to Empire and a Wilson win against Bray-Doyle, the Eagles would have the tie-breaker over Wilson with the win earlier this season…The first round playoff opponent for the Eagles will be determined tomorrow night in the contest between Snyder and Cyril….Waurika will take on the loser of that game in Waurika….Waurika is now a perfect 10-0 against Bray-Doyle with the first meeting between the two schools coming in 2008…The 60 points ties with the 2016 team for the most points scored against the Donkeys….The 60 total points is the third most points scored by both teams in this 10-game series….The win was the third straight shutout for Waurika and that has been done only 12 other times in the past 100 years of football at Waurika….The longest shutout streak by the Eagles is eight recorded in the 1933 season that included one tie….This was the fifth consecutive game the Eagles have scored 50 or more points….The 60-point wins against Central High and Bray-Doyle mark only the second time in school history Waurika has scored 60 or more points in back-to-back games….Waurika held down the sixth spot again this week in the Class B poll by The Daily Oklahoman.

Game In Figures

                                    BDHS         WHS

First Downs                   2                  13

Yards Rushing            19-(-7)         15-265

Yards Passing                 1                  84

Passes                           1-4                3-6

Passes Int By                  0                   2

Fumbles Lost                0-0               0-0

Punts                            2-31             0-0

Penalties                       1-5               2-20


Bray-Doyle       0         0          x        x—0

Waurika          30       30          x       x—60

                  FIRST QUARTER

WAURIKA – Gabe Jenkins 10 run (Turner Mora run), 10:44

WAURIKA – Hunter Wesberry 37 pass from Mora (Jordan Watkins run), 6:34

WAURIKA – Mora 45 run (run failed), 4:40

WAURIKA – Kevin Garcia 31 run (Mora run), 2:37

                  SECOND QUARTER

WAURIKA – Garcia 21 pass from Mora (Watkins run), 11:10

WAURIKA– Garcia 37 run (Watkins run), 8:50

WAURIKA – Trent Arellano 25 run (run failed), 6:17

WAURIKA – Treyton Torrez 18 fun (Seth Waid run), 1:51