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Ryan Hoopsters Fall To Thackerville On The Road

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…Cowboys, Cowgirls look for first wins at Wilson Tournament

Ryan’s basketball squads made the long trip to Thackerville Tuesday night and came up short on the scoreboard in both contests.

The Cowgirls dropped a 44-37 decision to the Lady Wildcats, while the Cowboys could not find enough offensive firepower and fell, 57-47, to the Wildcats.

Ryan was to have begun play today at the Black and Gold Classic at Wilson today.

The Cowboys were to have met Temple this afternoon at 2:30, while the girls were slated to take on Springer at 4 p.m.

If the Cowboys win they would play at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and a loss would send the Cowboys into the consolations at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

The Cowgirls would play Friday at 4 p.m. with a first-round win and would see action at 10 a.m. on Friday with a first-round defeat.

Next Monday the Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to Springer and will close out the December schedule with a homecoming doubleheader against Maysville on Raymon West Court on December 16.

A slow start by the Cowgirls against the Lady Wildcats was responsible for the second straight loss by the Cowgirls.

Thackerville outscored the Cowgirls, 14-5, in the first frame and was able to hold off the Cowgirls the rest of the way.

The Cowgirls made a run in the second quarter as they outscored the Lady Wildcats, 13-8, to cut the Thackerville lead to 22-18 at the half.

Thackerville increased the lead with an 11-8 advantage in the third quarter to gain a 33-26 advantage heading to the fourth quarter.

While the Cowgirls continue to compete, they could not make a run as both teams scored 11 points in the final quarter and Thackerville revenged a loss to the Cowgirls a year ago.

The Cowgirls were led in scoring by Jasmine Villarreal with 13 points. Emily Harris came off the bench to chip in 10 tallies for the Cowgirls.

The Wildcats and Cowboys battled each other in the nightcap, but Thackerville’s slight edge in scoring in each quarter added up to a double-digit win.

The Cowboys trailed the Wildcats by only two after the first quarter, but Julian Rodriguez was the only Ryan player to score in the quarter that saw Thackerville manage a 12-10 lead.

In the second quarter the Cowboys could manage only four field goals, but they held the Wildcats to just 11 points. That gave Thackerville a 23-18 advantage heading to the locker room.

The Cowboys finally got going on offense in the third quarter as they connected for 16 points, but Thackerville ripped the cords for 20 tallies and the Wildcats were able to increase their lead to 43-34 heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Thackerville connected on seven of 10 free throws, along with three field goals – one of those a three-pointer.  The Cowboys could manage only 13 points and could never mount a serious rally.

Three Cowboys scored in double figures with Rodriguez leading the way with 19 points. Xavier Guzman added 14 points and Racen Williams had 10 points.

The rest of the Cowboy squad could muster only four points throughout the contest. 

Game Summaries

Thackerville 44, Ryan 37

                  (Girls)

Ryan                       5         13           8        11—37

Thackerville          14         8           11       11—44

RYAN – Jasmine Villarreal 6-0-13, Emily Harris 5-0-10, Kamrie Hernandez 2-1-5, Maci Cooper 1-0-3, Hanna Spence 1-1-3, Kylee Charmason 1-0-2, Libby Carter 0-1-1. TOTALS: 16-3-37. PF: 11. Three-pointers: Villarreal, Cooper.

THACKERVILLE – Mariah Hendobee 6-2-14, Kaitlynn McCage 4-4-14, Micah Williams 2-2-8, Raygan Barnes 3-0-6, Kylie Schleuter 1-0-2. TOTALS: 16-8-44. PF: 12. Three-pointers: McCage 2, Williams 2.

Thackerville 57, Ryan 47

                  (Boys)

Ryan                    10           8         16         13—47

Thackerville        12         11          20        14—57

RYAN – Julian Rodriguez 7-3-19, Xavier Guzman 7-0-14, Racen Williams 4-0-10, Carsen Rodriguez 1-0-2, Mason Adsit 1-0-2. TOTALS: 20-3-47. PF: 21. Three-pointers: J. Rodriguez 2, Williams 2.

THACKERVILLE – Hernandez 5-4-15, Hicks 3-5-12, Rodriguez 3-2-11, Voyles 2-4-9, Barnes 4-1-9, Williams 1-0-2. TOTALS: 18-16-57. PF: 12. Three-pointers: Rodriguez 3, Voyles, Hicks, Hernandez

Lady Eagles Pick Up Two Southern Eight Conference Victories

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…Eagles split with Geronimo and Temple

Waurika’s girls ran its winning streak to begin the season to three with victories over Geronimo and Temple.

The Eagles split the two meetings as they dropped a 43-34 decision to Geronimo last Friday before downing Temple, 72-33, in a contest at Temple Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles rallied for a 55-53 victory at Geronimo last Friday and on Tuesday night they romped to a 66-26 victory over Temple.

The Eagles and Lady Eagles will compete in the Southwest Shootout at Chattanooga beginning today.

The Lady Eagles were to have met Big Pasture this morning (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. A win would send them to the semifinals at 3:50 p.m. on Friday. A loss would mean a 10:30 a.m. game on Friday.

The Eagles play this afternoon (Thursday) at 2:30 against Alex. If the Eagles win they would face the winner of Central High and Grandfield at 5:10 p.m. on Friday. A first-round loss by the Eagles would mean a consolation semifinal game at 11:50 a.m. on Friday.

The championship games are slated for 6:20 p.m. Saturday for the girls and 7:40 p.m. on Saturday for the boys. Third place games are at 3:10 and 5 p.m., while the consolation finals will be at 1 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.

After tourney action, Waurika will travel to Velma-Alma on Tuesday for a twinbill with the Comets and Lady Comets.

Waurika will continue its season one week from today by hosting Grandfield in the first home game of the season.

The Eagles and Lady Eagles hit the road again one week from Friday when they travel to Big Pasture to close out the schedule before Christmas break.

At Temple on Tuesday the Lady Eagles were never really challenged as they used a strong scoring performance on the inside to get the victory.

Waurika opened the game on a 15-5 run through the first quarter.

The Lady Eagles were able to increase the lead in the second quarter by outscoring the Lady Tigers, 14-8, giving Waurika a 29-13 advantage at the intermission.

The second half belonged to the Lady Eagles as they rolled to a 21-9 advantage in the third quarter to increase the lead to 50-22 heading into the final frame.

In the fourth quarter, Waurika continued the onslaught as they outscore the Lady Tigers, 16-4, to set the final margin.

Three Lady Eagles each had 14 points to fuel the offense. Liberti Simmons, Cassdie Berry and Jasmine Henry provided the spark for Waurika on the offensive end of the floor.

Waurika and Temple battled in the first quarter with the Eagles carving out a 15-12 advantage.

The Tigers would never be closer.

Waurika pounded the Tigers in the second quarter by outscoring Temple, 22-8. Treyton Torrez had 10 points in the quarter to help the Eagles’ surge

The Eagles opened the second half with a 9-2 run to increase the lead to 30 points.

That helped Waurika to outscore the Tigers in the third quarter, 27-6. Six different Eagles score in the third period.

The Eagles rested the starters for the fourth quarter, but still outscored the Tigers, 8-7, to close out the game.

Torrez had 24 points to pace the Eagles in scoring. Jake Smart added 14 tallies and Isaac Camarillo chipped in 11 points.

In last Friday’s game at Geronimo, the Lady Eagles fell behind early and spent the next three quarters of the game fighting back to take the lead and hang on for the win in the closing minutes.

Geronimo opened the game with an 8-0 run and the lead ballooned to 22-5 before Aubree Showalter nailed a three-pointer to bring the Lady Eagles to within 22-8.

The Lady Jays and Lady Eagles exchanged buckets before the end of the quarter and Geronimo held a 24-10 advantage.

The Lady Eagles finally got going in the last few minutes of the second quarter.

Geronimo held a 31-18 lead at the 2:33 mark, but the Lady Eagles went on a 6-0 run to close the half with three of those points coming on Simmons’ trey with only four seconds to play that cut the margin to 31-24.

Geronimo opened the third quarter with a pair of free throws and a layup to extend the advantage to 35-24 with 6:04 left in the third quarter.

The Lady Eagles put on a surge and outscored the Lady Blue Jays 11-2 from the 4:04 mark to 2:41 showing on the third quarter clock and that cut the Geronimo lead to 37-33.

Both teams scored five points in the remaining two minutes and Waurika headed to the fourth quarter with a four point deficit, 42-38.

The Lady Jays got the first bucket of the fourth quarter, but Waurika’s Simmons went on a five-point scoring spree that cut the deficit to 44-43.

Berry’s putback with 5:05 left in the game gave the Lady Eagles a 45-44 lead and they never trailed the rest of the way.

But, sealing the win was not easy despite Waurika building a 53-47 lead with 2:28 left when Simmons hit a pair of charity tosses.

Waurika managed only two free throws the remaining part of the quarter, but was able to hold Geronimo at bay.

The Lady Blue Jays connected on a layup with 57.3 seconds left to draw within two, but neither team could score the rest of the way.

Simmons led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 19 points, while Berry added 17 and Showalter tossed in 11 points.

One of the reasons for the Lady Eagles surge in the final three quarters was the edge in rebounding.

Geronimo outrebounded the Lady Eagles, 15-8, in the first quarter, but Waurika held a 40-20 edge on the boards in the final three quarters.

The nightcap was a struggle throughout, but Geronimo threatened to pull away in the second quarter.

The Eagles and Blue Jays battled in the first quarter on fairly even terms. A pair of free throws by Torrez tied the game at 5-5, but Geronimo went on a 6-2 run to close out the first quarter to gain an 11-7 advantage.

Geronimo opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run to increase the lead to 17-7.

Torrez scored the next seven points for the Eagles and that helped trim the margin to 20-14 with 3:25 left in the half.

The Eagles then hit a scoring drought and Geronimo outscored Waurika, 8-0, over the remainder of the half to secure a 28-14 lead.

At the 4:52 mark of the third quarter, the Blue Jays earned the biggest lead of the game at 36-19, but at this point the Eagles made an effort to get back into the game.

Malachi Dodson hit a jumper and Gavin Torrez hit one of two free throws and T. Torrez completed a traditional three-point play to bring the Eagles to within 10.

A layup by Geronimo’s Triston Scott put the lead back to 12 with 2:06 left in the quarter, but the Eagles went on another run with five straight points when Isaac Camarillo hit a layup and G. Torrez hit a three-pointer to leave Geronimo’s lead at 37-30 heading into the fourth quarter.

At the 7:15 mark of the fourth quarter, Eion Allen hit a short jumper to extend the Geronimo lead to 39-30.

At this point every time Geronimo got the ball they attempted to burn minutes off the clock. At one point, Geronimo held the ball for over two minutes before turning the ball over with 1:40 left in the game.

Smart connected on a layup and hit a free throw to pull Waurika within five points with 33.9 seconds left.

Geronimo gave the Eagles plenty of opportunity to close the gap as they hit only four of 10 free throws in the final half minute of the game, but the Eagles could not capitalize.

T. Torrez led the Eagles in scoring with 20 points, but he was the only player to score in double figures and only three other Eagles scored during the game.

Game Summaries

Waurika 66, Temple 26

                  (Girls)

Waurika   15              14              21              16—66

Temple     5                8                9                4—26

WAURIKA – Liberti Simmons 7-2-16, Jasmine Henry 7-0-14, Cassidie Berry 7-0-14, Bekah Mataska 3-0-8, Aubree Showalter 2-1-5, Alexia Henry 2-0-4, Rylee Torrez 1-0-3, Jaden Adams 1-0-2, Sadie Smith 1-0-2. TOTALS: 30-3-66. PF: 13. Three-pointers: Mataska 2, Torrez.

TEMPLE – N/A; TOTALS: 8- 6-26. PF: 6.

Waurika 72, Temple 33

                  (Boys)

Waurika   15              22              27              8—72

Temple     12              8                6                7—33

WAURIKA – Treyton Torrez 11-0-24, Jake Smart 5-3-14, Isaac Camarillo 5-0-11, Lucas Boyd 3-0-9, Malachi Dodson 3-0-8, Gavin Torrez 2-0-4, Cody Ramsey 1-0-2. TOTALS: 30-3-72. PF: 16. Three-pointers: Boyd 3, T. Torrez 2, Dodson 2, Camarillo, Smart.

TEMPLE – Robert Toquothty 7-4-18, Josh Hooper 3-0-7, Jacob Chumley 1-3-5, Nathan Lipscomb 1-1-3. TOTALS: 12-8-33. PF: 7. Three-pointers: Hooper, Toquothty.  

Waurika 55, Geronimo 53

                  (Girls)

Waurika   10              14              14              17—55

Geronimo 24             7                11              11—53

WAURIKA – Liberti Simmons 4-9-19, Cassidie Berry 8-1-17, Aubree Showalter 3-3-11, Jasmine Henry 2-0-4, Jaden Adams 1-0-2, Jaci Gholson 0-1-1, Skylar Adams 0-1-1. TOTALS: 17-17-55. PF: 15. Three-pointers: Simmons 2, Showalter 2.

GERONIMO – Chrissa Come 6-0-13, McKenzie Huffman 4-2-12, Kailee Latimer 5-1-11, Astrid Leloup 2-0-5, Alison Daly 1-0-3, Brooke Bolling 4-1-9. TOTALS: 22-4-53. PF: 25. Three-pointers: Huffman 2, Daly, Gomez, Leloup.

Geronimo 43, Waurika 34

                  (Boys)

Waurika       7              7                16              4—34

Geronimo. 11          17               9               6—43

WAURIKA – Treyton Torrez 6-7-20, Jake Smart 2-1-6, Gavin Torrez 1-1-4, Malachi Dodson 2-0-4. TOTALS: 11-9-34. PF: 17. Three-pointers: T. Torrez, G. Torrez, Smart.

GERONIMO – Eion Allen 4-513, Triston Scott 3-2-9, Joseph McCarthy 2-0-6, Jayden Wallace 3-0-6, Connor Only 2-0-5, Erick Costellanos 2-0-4, TOTALS: 16-7-43. PF: 12. Three-pointers: McCarthy 2, Only, Scott.

WAURIKA SWEEPS RYAN IN BASKETBALL SEASON OPENER

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The Waurika Eagles and Lady Eagles traveled to Ryan Tuesday night and came away with the sweep of the Cowboys and Cowgirls on Raymon West Court.

The Lady Eagles built a big lead and were never challenged as Waurika claimed a 53-24 victory in the opening game of the evening.

The Eagles used a strong second half to build a small cushion and downed the Cowboys, 43-36, in the nightcap.

Waurika returns to action Friday when they travel to Geronimo for a doubleheader. Tipoff for the girls’ game will be 6:30 p.m.

Next Tuesday the Waurika squads will travel to Temple to battle the Tigers and Lady Tigers. The girls’ game will tip at 6:30 p.m.

One week from today Waurika will begin play in the Southwest Shootout hosted by Chattanooga. Brackets were not drawn in time for this edition of the paper.

Ryan will see action next on Tuesday when they will travel to Thackerville for a twinbill. The girls’ game will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will participate in the Black and Gold Classic one week from today.

The Cowgirls will see action at 4 p.m. against Springer in the first round of the tourney, while the Cowboys will take on Temple at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The semifinals for the Cowgirls if they win would be at 4 p.m. one week from tomorrow and a loss would send the Cowgirls to the consolation semifinals at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Should the Cowboys defeat Temple in the first round, they would take the court Friday at 5:20 p.m. A first-round loss would mean an 11:30 a.m. game on Friday in the consolation semifinals.

The season opener for the Lady Eagles was a good one as they used their athleticism and height to pull away early against the Cowgirls.

The Cowgirls actually scored the first two points of the opening quarter on Jasmine Villarreal’s layup with 7:01 to play in the first quarter.

From there, Waurika took charge and finished the first quarter on a 15-2 run to hold a 15-4 advantage.

The Lady Eagles took advantage of 13 Ryan turnovers in the first quarter to gain the big lead.

Maci Cooper would drain a three-pointer early in the second quarter to pull the Cowgirls to within eight at 15-7, but that would be the closest the Cowgirls would get the rest of the contest.

Waurika closed out the half with a 17-3 blitz that was fueled by Liberti Simmons scoring seven of the Lady Eagles’ 17 points.

The Lady Eagles used the run to put together a 32-10 advantage at the intermission.

In the third quarter, the Cowgirls opened the second half with a 6-0 run, but Waurika responded with a 13-1 advantage that really sealed the contest for the Lady Eagles as they led 45-17 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Waurika coach Garett Bachand took advantage of the comfortable lead and used his bench to close out the game. The Lady Eagles outscored Ryan, 8-7, in the fourth quarter to establish the final margin.

Simmons led all scorers with 21 points and she was the only Lady Eagle in double figures.

The Cowgirls, who never scored in double figures in any quarter, were led in scoring by Villarreal’s 10 points.

The Lady Eagles held a huge advantage on the boards, 62-30.

The Cowgirls committed 30 turnovers, while the Lady Eagles turned the ball over 18 times.

In the nightcap, the game was a battle throughout until the Eagles built  an eight-point lead in early in the fourth quarter and were able to hold off the Cowboys to get the first win of the season.

The eight-point margin was Waurika’s biggest lead of the game and they held it twice in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys had the lead throughout much of the first half, but could never stretch their lead to more than five points – once late in the first quarter and another time late in the second quarter.

Braeden Bergeron got the Cowboys on the scoreboard first with a put back shot and Racen Williams hit one of two free throws to give Ryan a 3-0 lead with 6:36 left in the first quarter.

The Eagles hit a pair of free throws by Jake Smart and a bucket by Trenton Torrez to seize the lead, 4-3, with 5:24 left in the first frame.

It was Williams’ three-pointer that stretched the Cowboy lead to 11-6 with 50 seconds left in the first quarter, but Waurika scored the final two points on a pair of free throws by Torrez  with 21 seconds left to cut the Ryan lead to 11-8 and that is how the quarter ended.

Smart’s layup at the 4:59 mark of the second period tied the scored, but Xavier Guzman’s trey and a layup by Will Townsend extended the Cowboys’ advantage to 18-13 with 2:38 remaining in the second quarter.

Waurika scored the final four points of the quarter as Smart got a steal and a layup at the 1:02 mark and Smart added another layup with 44.2 seconds left to pull the Eagles within one, 18-17, at the half.

The Eagles threatened to pull away in the opening moments of the third quarter, but the Cowboys remained close until Torrez knocked down a pair of free throws to give Waurika a 28-22 lead with 4:53 left.

Guzman nailed a three-pointer from the corner to cut the Eagles’ lead to 28-25, but Isaac Camarillo got a layup to give Waurika a 30-25 advantage.

A short jumper by Guzman pulled Ryan to within 30-27 and a long three-pointer by Williams tied the game with 22.4 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Eagles snared the lead when Ben Porterfield hit a layup with just seven ticks remaining in the third quarter to put Waurika in front, 32-30.

A 7-2 run in the early moments of the fourth quarter by the Eagles provided the advantage Waurika needed to pull away from the pesky Cowboys.

Smart’s three-pointer at the 5:25 mark of the fourth quarter gave Waurika a 39-31 lead.

Carsen Rodriguez hit a free throw for the Cowboys to trim the lead to seven, but Torrez answered with a free throw putting Waurika in front, 40-32, with just 2:15 remaining in the game.

The Cowboys were stymied in the fourth quarter as they went without a field goal and the only two points in the final two minutes for Ryan were a pair of free throws by Julian Rodriguez.

In the final 43 seconds, Waurika secured the victory by hitting three of four free throws giving the Eagles a seven-point win.

Smart led all scorers with 16 points and Torrez chipped in 15 points for the Eagles.

The Cowboys had only one player in double figures – Guzman garnered 11 points to lead Ryan in scoring.

The rebounding margin was as close as the game with Waurika holding a slight 39-36 edge on the boards.

The Eagles committed 18 turnovers, while Ryan recorded 14 turnovers in the game.

RIVALRY NOTES: The Lady Eagles scored their 12th straight victory over the Cowgirls….The Lady Eagles lead the series, 41-22, since 1988….With the win by the Eagles, Waurika increased its advantage in the series to 38-27 since the 1988 season….Waurika has won six of the last seven meetings with the Cowboys….The 36 points scored by the Cowboys is tied for the eighth fewest points against the Eagles since 1988….The 43 points by the Eagles is the fewest in a victory since a 38-33 win in the 2012 season.

WAURIKA 53, 

RYAN 24

(Girls)

Waurika 15,17,1,38—53

Ryan     4, 6, 7,  7—24

WAURIKA (1-0): Liberti Simmons 8-4-21, Jasmine Henry 4-0-8, Cassidie Berry 3-0-6, Charley Sellers 2-0-5, Jaden Williams 2-0-4, Destiny Foster 1-0-3, Rylee Torrez 1-0-2, Jaci Gholson 1-0-2, Becky Mataska 1-0-2. TOTALS: 23-4-53. PF: 22; Three-pointers: Simmons, Sellers, Foster.

RYAN (0-1): Jasmine Villarreal 4-1-10, Maci Cooper 1-2-5, Kamrie Hernandez 1-0-2, Kylee Charmasson 1-0-2, Emily Harris 0-2-2, Lirin Tucker 0-1-1, Raylee White 0-1-1, Libby Carter 0-1-1. TOTALS: 7-8-24. PF: 12; Three-pointers: Villarreal.

WAURIKA 43, 

RYAN 36

(Boys)

Waurika  8, 9,15,11—43

Ryan   11,7,12,  6—36

WAURIKA (1-0): Jake Smart 5-5-16, Treyton Torrez 3-9-15, Ben Porterfield 4-0-8, Isaac Camarillo 1-2-4. TOTALS: 13-16-43. PF: 18; Three-pointers: Smart.

RYAN (0-1): Xavier Guzman 4-1-11, Julian Rodriguez 2-5-9, Racen Williams 2-1-7, Braeden Bergeron 2-0-4, Carsen Rodriguez 1-1-3, Will Townsend 1-0-2. TOTALS: 12-8-36. PF: 16; Three-pointers: Guzman 2, Williams 2.

Oklahoma Bible Rolls Past Waurika to End Eagles’ Season

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ENID – It was not a good night on the plains of northern Oklahoma for the Waurika Eagles in the second round of the Class B playoffs here last Friday night.

The Eagles dropped a 45-0 verdict to Oklahoma Bible Academy in a contest that ended late in the third quarter by the mercy rule.

The Eagles finished 6-5 on the year after playing a difficult schedule. OBA advances to the Class B quarterfinals where they will face Dewar tomorrow night at Cashion.

The tone for the night was set on the very first play as Oklahoma Bible returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

Things went from bad to worse midway in the first quarter when a punt snap went over the head of Waurika punter Jake Smart and into the end zone where Smart fell on it to give OBA a safety.

Things never got any better for the Eagles as the quickness of the Trojan defense stymied the Eagles on offense and the talented duo of Bodie Boydstun and Jud Cheatham were a force the Eagle defense did not have an answer for most of the night.

Despite the outcome of the game, the Eagles gave outstanding effort most of the contest that ended the careers of nine Waurika seniors.

A big difference in the game was successful conversions on third and fourth down for OBA. The Trojans were 4-8 on third downs and 2-4 on fourth downs. Waurika did not convert a third down during the game and was one of three on fourth downs.

 It was Cheatham that took the opening kickoff and sprinted up the field running into traffic near midfield, but he broke free and headed down the right sideline for the 82-yard kickoff return. He added the two-point conversion and the Trojans were in front, 8-0, with 11:45 left in the first quarter.

Waurika took advantage of a personal foul penalty on the Trojans’ scoring play. The return by Smart gave Waurika possession at the Eagle 49. The Eagles went for it on fourth-and-one and Smart was stopped for no gain at the Trojan 42.

That would be the deepest penetration into Trojan territory by the Eagles in the game.

The Waurika defense held the Trojans without a first down and a 47-yard punt pinned the Eagles at their own 12.

After the Eagles could not earn the line to gain, they were forced to punt and the snap sailed over the head of Smart and into the end zone where Smart fell on the ball to prevent a Trojan touchdown. The safety gave the Trojans a 10-0 advantage with 5:22 left in the first quarter.

The free kick by the Eagles went out of bounds and gave the Trojans possession at the Waurika 45.

It took the Trojans seven plays to go the distance with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Cheatham from Boydstun capping the drive. The try for two points failed, but OBA was in front, 16-0, with 2:17 left in the first quarter.

Waurika went three and out and after a 33-yard punt the Trojans were in business at their own 34.

OBA drove the 66 yards in only three plays – two of them on big plays.

On the last play of the first quarter the Trojans completed a 29-yard play and on the first play of the second quarter, OBA took it to the end zone on a 36-yard dash up the middle by Ian Eastin. The run failed, but the Trojans had increased the lead to 22-0 with 11:54 left before intermission.

After holding the Eagles without a first down on the next series, the Trojans set up their offense at the OBA 43. The Trojans moved to the Waurika 29, where on fourth down a Boydstun pass fell incomplete giving Waurika the ball.

On a second down play by the Eagles, Treyton Torrez’ pass bounced off the receiver’s hands and Kaleb Mendoza intercepted the ball for the Trojans and returned it four yards to the Eagle 27.

The Trojans took advantage of the turnover to record their final score of the half with a two-play, 27-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard run by Boydstun. Cheatham ran for the two points giving the Trojans a 30-0 lead with 3:38 left in the half.

The half ended after each team traded possessions.

Waurika’s first possession of the second half looked promising after two consecutive 11-yard gains by Smart to open the drive, but Smart’s pass on third down went off the hands of the Waurika receiver and Cheatham was there to intercept the ball at the Trojan 39.

The Trojans put together their longest possession of the night as they drove 61 yards in 10 plays for another score.

The drive ended when Boydstun found Harry Nunez on a nine-yard touchdown pass. Eastin ran for the two-point conversion and the Trojans upped the lead to 38-0 with 6:50 left in the third quarter.

Waurika took the kickoff and Trent Arellano returned the ball 19 yards to give Waurika the ball at its own 31. Two runs picked up only the second first down of the game for the Eagles.

After a five-yard loss, Torrez found Smart downfield and Smart made the leaping catch, but when he came down – and it looked like he was on the ground – the Trojans’ Mendoza wrestled the ball away to give OBA possession at their own 37.

A 63-yard drive ended the game and it was fueled by 22- and 20-yard pass receptions by Cheatham.

Boydstun got the score on a one-yard dive on a first down. Nunez kicked the extra point giving the Trojans the 45-point advantage that ended the game on the mercy rule with 2:16 showing in the third quarter.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: The Eagles only gained 77 total yards in the game and that was the fewest number of yards by the Waurika offense this season…Waurika is now 31-29-2 in school history in the post-season….The Eagles have an 11-20-1 record in playoff games on the road….The 45-point loss was the second worst playoff loss in school history with a 52-0 defeat at the hands of Davenport being the worst….Waurika head coach Joe Allen is 26-5 in games ended by the mercy rule…Waurika’s last shutout came at the hands of Empire in the 2021 season….The Eagles last playoff shutout was the 2018 game with Davenport….The Eagles have been shutout eight times in playoff games in school history…The 45 points scored by OBA is tied for the fifth most in a playoff game against Waurika in school history….

The Eagles finished with a mark of 7-4 on the year.

It is the 37th season in school history that Waurika has recorded seven or more wins during a season with three seasons’ records not complete.

Head coach Joe Allen is responsible for three of those seasons in the five years he has been the Eagles’ coach.

….Nine Waurika seniors completed their grid careers with the loss – Torrez, Arellano, Angel Garcia, Nic Wilson, Bobby Aldape, Cody Ramsey, Gabriel Willis, Smart ad Rodrigo Carrillo.

Game in Figures

                                 WHS        OBA

First Downs               2                16

Yards Rushing         26-51        25-148

Yards Passing          26              182

Passes                       1-6            16-20

Passes Int. By          0                2

Fumbles, Lost          1-1            0-0

Punts                          2-34.5       1-47

Penalties                   1-7            6-50

                  SCORE BY QUARTERS

Waurika   0                0                0                x—0

OBA        16             14              15              x—45              

                      SCORING SUMMARY

OKLA. BIBLE – Jud Cheatham 82 kickoff return (Cheatham run), 11:45, 1st Quarter

OKLA. BIBLE – Safety, bad snap recovered in end zone, 5:22, 1st Quarter

OKLA. BIBLE – Cheatham 27 pass from Bodie Boydstun (run failed), 2:17, 1st Quarter

OKLA. BIBLE – Ian Eastin 36 run (run failed), 11:54, 2nd Quarter

OKLA. BIBLE – Boydstun 8 run (Cheatham run), 3:38, 2nd Quarter

OKLA. BIBLE – Harry Nunez 4 pass from Boydstun (Eastin run), 6:50, 3rd Quarter

OKLA. BIBLE – Boydstun 1 run (Nunez kick), 2:16, 3rd Quarter      

               INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

WAURIKA: Rushing – Jake Smart 9-50, Treyton Torrez 13-11, Johnathan Winegeart 3-11, Team 1-(-21); Passing: Torrez 1-5-26-1, Smart 0-1-0-1; Receiving – Smart 1-26.

OKLA. BIBLE: Rushing – Ian Eastin 9-91, Bodie Boydstun 10-32, Jud Cheatham 6-25; Passing – Boydstun 16-19-182-0, Cheatham 0-1-0-0; Receiving – Cheatham 7-87, Harry Nunez 5-36, Jakob Colby 3-43, Kaleb Mendoza 1-16.

Ryan Hoopsters Set To Open Season at Home Against Waurika

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 Veteran coach Lane Weldon returns to the sideline at Ryan for the second year of his second stint at the helm of the Ryan basketball program and he is expecting the Cowboys and Cowgirls to build on last season.

The journey will begin Tuesday night when the Cowboys and Cowgirls will host Waurika on Raymon West Court. The girls’ game will tipoff at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the boys’ game.

Both the squads return the majority of the players that contributed heavily to last year’s teams.

The Cowboys won a district title a year ago and finished with a 14-9 mark.

 “I think we will be equal to or better than last year and especially if we can avoid sickness at the end of the year,” said Weldon about this year’s expectations for the Cowboys.

While the Cowboys have a large number of contributors from last year returning, they will have to replace scorer Westin Jennings and Landen Alexander, who was a menace on the inside for the Cowboys.

Weldon noted the challenge of replacing the leadership of Jennings and the height that Alexander provided.

Racen Williams, an all-Southern Eight conference performer from a year ago returns to provide the scoring punch for the Cowboys.

But, the Cowboys have a number of returnees that can score including Julian Rodriguez, Xavier Guzman and Carsen Rodriguez.

Mason Adsit and Braden Bergeron will take on the responsibility of giving the Cowboys a presence on the inside.

There are a total of nine players that return from last year’s team and five freshmen will help provide some depth to the Cowboys in the coming season.

“We do have some quickness and most of our kids can shoot the ball, plus we should get some help from some freshmen,” Weldon said.

The Cowboys have had limited practice time after the football squad advanced to the playoffs.

Weldon cited a couple of things that are key to the Cowboys having another successful season.

“We have to be patient on offense,” Weldon said. “And, we need to work on helping each other on defense.”

“We need to understand that turnovers are a big key between winning and losing,” added Weldon.

Weldon is hopeful the season will prepare the Cowboys for what will likely be a challenging post-season as the southern part of the state has no shortage of good teams.

The Cowgirls will be looking to improve on last year’s 7-12 mark.

Nine Cowgirls return from last year’s team – including three starters.

Leading the way will be Southern Eight all-conference performer Jasmine Villarreal. She was the second leading scorer for the Cowgirls a year ago and will have to pick up the pace in 2023 for the Cowgirls to pick up more wins than last season.

Libby Carter, who was a steady defender a year ago, returns for her senior season.

“I think we will be better,” said Weldon when asked about this year’s Cowgirl squad.

“The girls are understanding what it takes to be successful,” said Weldon.

“Our shooting is better and the girls’ attitude in finishing games has improved,” Weldon added.

“We hope to use our quickness to put pressure on the basketball and create some turnovers,” Weldon commented about the strengths of this year’s Cowgirl team.

Weldon cited a couple of freshmen that will likely contribute to the Cowgirls having a successful campaign – Kamrie Hernandez and Kayleigh Morgan.

The Cowgirls will have some depth for the first time in several seasons as 15 Cowgirls make up this year’s roster.

One of the challenges for this year’s squad will be producing offense.

“We have got to have more than one or two girls scoring,” said Weldon about what he is looking to see the Cowgirls make improvement on for the 2023 season.

“Unforced turnovers were a problem last season and we have to do better taking care of the ball,” Weldon said.

Ryan will play in three tournaments this season – including the tough Stephens County Tournament when Ryan will make their first appearance in the tourney since 2016.

The other two tournaments – the Black & Gold Classic at Wilson and the Lawton Coliseum Classic will provide the Cowboys and Cowgirls with some tough matchups that hopefully will prepare the teams for the post-season.

Weldon believes the season opener with Waurika for both the Cowboys and Cowgirls will provide a clear picture of what the two teams will need to work on in the early part of the season.

Ryan Basketball Schedule

NOVEMBER

29: Waurika

DECEMBER

6: at Thackerville; 8-10: Black & Gold Classic at Wilson; 12: at Springer; 16: Maysville (HC).

JANUARY

3: Big Pasture; 5-7: Coliseum Classic at Lawton; 10: at Geronimo; 13: at Frederick; 16-21: Stephens County Tournament at Central High  ; 23: at Big Pasture; 24: at Okla. School for the Deaf; 26: Grandfield; 27: Turner; 30: Bray-Doyle; 31: at Grandfield.

FEBRUARY

3: at Temple; 6: at Chattanooga; 9-11: Class B District Tournament.

Waurika Roundballers Head to Ryan For Season’s Initial Contest

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There is a wealth of optimism surrounding the Waurika boys’ and girls’ basketball programs for the upcoming season.

Waurika will open the hoops season Tuesday night when they travel down Highway 81 to battle Ryan.

Tipoff for the girls’ game will be 6:30 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow.

The reason for optimism is warranted.

The Lady Eagles are coming off a 20-7 season a year ago and most of the key components of that squad return for the 2023 season.

And, the Lady Eagles are under the direction of first-year coach Garret Bachand, who served as an assistant a year ago and will enter his fourth season at the helm of the Waurika boys’ squad.

There is no shortage of optimism in the Eagles’ basketball camp – despite getting a late start with practices due to the extended football season.

The Eagles were only 6-17 a year ago, but will return leading scorer and all-conference performer Treyton Torrez. A healthy Torrez will allow the Eagles to compete with anyone on the schedule.

The bulk of the scoring and rebounding for the Eagles from a year ago returns for another season and the Eagles will have the benefit of Jake Smart, who transferred from Temple at the beginning of the school year and was the leading scorer for the Tigers last season.

Torrez and Smart will be counted on to provide the bulk of the offense according to Bachand.

 “We have never had that (two scorers),” noted Bachand when discussing the upcoming campaign.

Bachand is counting on the experience to help the Eagles in the early part of the season to help the Eagle navigate a challenging schedule that has the Eagles on the road for the first four regular season games and an early season tournament at Chattanooga.

“If we want to be good, some guys will have to step up,” said Bachand. “Our guard play should be good on both ends of the floor.”

The Eagles will have a seasoned group of players, but will be lacking in size. However, Bachand does not think that will be much of a handicap since the Eagles compete in Class A.

“Our goal is to improve on last year’s record and get a few wins in the playoffs,” Bachand added.

The Eagles will have a tough task in overcoming Velma-Alma in the Oil Field Conference, but should be in contention for the Southern Eight title with Frederick and Big Pasture.

When speaking about the Lady Eagles’ upcoming season, Bachand is really excited.

“I expect our experience to carry us through regionals and into area and possibly more,” Bachand said.

The Lady Eagles enjoyed a 20-win season in 2022 for the first time since the 2017 season and the Lady Eagles will be in pursuit of their fifth straight winning season.

And, the reason for the optimism in the Lady Eagles’ camp is not only from last year’s success, but the fact a large number of players return from last year.

A good returning cast of experience will be available for Bachand to depend on.

Liberti Simmons will be counted on for scoring as she returns for her senior season. She was an all-conference selection by the Southern 8 Conference a year ago.

Cassidie Berry will provide the Lady Eagles with a strong presence on the inside. Berry was selected to last year’s Oil Field Conference all-conference squad and at times was unstoppable on the inside.

Lending a helping hand for the Lady Eagles will be Aubree Showalter on offense and Jasmine Henry on the defensive end of the floor.

“We should win a lot of games because of our experience,” noted Bachand. “We need Libby (Simmons) and Aubree (Showalter) to both score around 14 or 15 points a game and Cassidie (Berry) and Jasmine (Henry) to outrebound our opponents.”

“Our challenge will be how well the girls adjust to new schemes and to increase their basketball IQ,” the first-year coach said.

The Lady Eagles have 20 out for basketball and Bachand has seen some improvement during practices and scrimmages over the last few weeks.

“We got to scrimmage some bigger schools and it was good for us to go against them,” Bachand added.

Waurika will play in three tournaments during the season. They should provide great competition for the Waurika roundballers and prepare them for the post season.

The Lady Eagles should contend for the conference titles. Empire and Walters may be the biggest threats in the Oil Field Conference, while Geronimo and Frederick will vie with the Lady Eagles for top honors in the Southern Eight, according to Bachand.

In the season opener at Ryan, the teams will carry a big advantage in the series since 1988. The Lady Eagles have a 40-22 record against Ryan, while the Eagles hold a 37-27 record against the Cowboys.

Waurika Basketball Schedule

NOVEMBER

29: at Ryan.

DECEMBER

2: at Geronimo; 6: at Temple; 8-10: at Chattanooga Southwest Shootout; 13: at Velma-Alma; 15: Grandfield; 16: at Big Pasture.

JANUARY

3: Wilson; 5-7: Black Diamond Tournament at Rush Springs; 10: at Ringling; 13: Empire; 16-21: Stephens County Tournament at Central High; 24: Healdton: 27: Walters; 31: at Central High.

FEBRUARY

3: at Frederick; 7: Elmore City-Pernell; 9-11: Class A District Tournament.

Cowboy Gridders Face Battle With Grandfield Needing A Win

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Every game matters at this point in the season.

For the Ryan Cowboys, tonight’s contest with Grandfield on the Bearcats’ home field, will have an impact on the post-season hopes for the Cowboys.

Kickoff tonight is set for 7 o’clock.

The Cowboys need a win to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.

District C-2 is not complicated at the top, but the battle for the final two playoff positions could be.

Geary needs to win one of its last two games to be assured of third place in the district.

If Ryan can pick up a victory over Grandfield, the Cowboys should be in a good place to earn fourth in the district race.

A loss by the Cowboys would all but eliminate Ryan from playoff consideration.

But, the positioning for the post season could get muddled if Geary were to fall in its final game with Corn Bible Academy.

The Cowboys must enter tonight’s game with Grandfield focused solely on the Bearcats.

After a forfeiting last week’s game with Destiny Christian, the Cowboys have had time to heal up from a number of injuries.

All but one of the injured Cowboys are expected to be available for tonight’s game with the Bearcats.

This series has been an interesting one over the years. The Bearcats hold a 36-28-5 advantage over Ryan, but the Cowboys have won 10 of the last 14 meetings including the last five consecutive meetings.

But, the series prior to that time has had some interesting outcomes.

In 2007, the teams battled through four overtimes with the Bearcats prevailing, 28-35.

Ryan won games in 2004 and 2006 but the games were decided by one and two points, respectively.

Ryan lost to Grandfield, 39-38, in a 2003 battle and also fell in overtime games in 2007 and 1992.

Maybe the wildest game in the series came in 1997 when Grandfield captured a 78-60 loss in a game that had several individual performances by the Cowboys that are among the best in school history.

Grandfield will bring a 3-5 mark into tonight’s game and a 1-3 mark in district play. Ryan is 4-4 on the year and 1-3 in district competition.

Game in Figures

                                    RHS           GHS

First Downs                 13              20

Yards Rushing             353-196   44-383

Yards Passing               120           16

Passes                           6-15          1-3

Passes Int. by               0                1

Fumbles, Lost              3-3            3-1

Punts                           1-30          1-27

Penalties                      4-45          4-40

                  SCORE BY QUARTERS

Ryan                0            8             0            14—22

Geary              0           16            8            14—38

                  SCORING SUMMARY

                  SECOND QUARTER

GEARY – Kale Smith fumble recovery in end zone (Jaiden Woods run), 6:33

GEARY – Woods 47 run (Woods pass from Jose Briseno), :57

RYAN – Larry Sewell 1 pass from Racen Williams (Williams run), :00

                  THIRD QUARTER

GEARY – Sergio Pineda 2 run (Woods run), 1:23

                  FOURTH QUARTER

RYAN – Williams 48 run (Foreman Casebolt pass from Williams), 6:02

GEARY – Elijah Pollard 50 kickoff return (pass failed), 5:50

RYAN – Julian Rodriguez 48 pass from Williams (pass failed), 4:42

GEARY – Landon Holt 2 run (Pollard pass from Woods), 1:55

                  INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RYAN: Rushing – Racen Williams 16-131, Carsen Rodriguez 10-45, Xavier Guzman 3-14, Julian Rodriguez 1-8, Foreman Casebolt 3-7, Maddox Dabbs 1-1, Team 1-(-10); Passes – Williams 6-15-1-120; Receiving – J. Rodriguez 3-74, Guzman 2-45, Larry Sewell 1-1; Tackles – Kyson Tomberlin 12, J. Rodriguez 7, Andrew Scott 6, Williams 4, Casebolt 2, C. Rodriguez 1, Dabbs 1, Guzman 1, Mason Adsit 1.

GEARY: Rushing – Sergio Pineda 27-251; Jaiden Woods 11-131, Kale Smith 2-12, Landon Holt 2-6, Team 2-(-17); Passes – Woods 1-1-0-16, Smith 0-2-0-0; Receiving – Henry Brown 1-16.

Waurika Rolls to Big Win Over Central High To Clinch Playoff Spot

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It was complete domination last Thursday night at Central High as the Waurika Eagles scored a 56-6 victory over the Bronchos in a contest that ended at the half.

Waurika returns to action Friday night as they play host to the Alex Longhorns. Kickoff at Cy Sloan Stadium is set for 7 o’clock.

Waurika is now 4-3 on the season and 2-1 in District B-4 play. Alex will come to Waurika without a win on the season in eight contests.

Treyton Torrez and Trent Arellano led the charge for the Eagles. Both Eagles scored four touchdowns each during the contest.

Torrez scored four rushing touchdowns on his 12 carries during the game which ended at the half because of the mercy rule.

Arellano caught two touchdown passes and had two rushing touchdowns.

The Eagles got off to a slow start as they led only 14-0 after the first quarter.

After the Bronchos had driven to the Waurika 14 on the first drive of the game, the Eagle defense rose to the occasion and held Central High on a fourth down attempt to take over on downs.

A few plays later, Torrez found Arellano on a screen play and he found the end zone from 19 yards out with 5:48 left in the first quarter to give Waurika a 6-0 lead.

On the Eagles’ next possession, Torrez capped a drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Torrez added the two-point conversion and Waurika held a 14-0 lead with 2:20 left in the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the points came often and quickly for the Eagles.

On the first play of the second period, Torrez scampered 37 yards for a score. Jonathan Winegeart added the two-point conversion giving the Eagles a 22-0 lead with 11:49 showing in the second quarter.

Waurika recovered the ensuing onside kick and on the first play from scrimmage, Torrez raced 35 yards for another score. Waurika was now in front 28-0 with 11:37 left in the second quarter after the try for two points came up short.

After another Waurika defensive stop, Torrez got his final score of the night with a four-yard scoring run. Winegeart added the two-point conversion and Waurika had increased the lead to 36-0 with 8:09 remaining in the first half.

Levi Young got the Bronchos on the scoreboard with a six-yard run and the Eagle lead had been trimmed to 36-6 with 6:23 left in the second quarter.

It did not take long for the Eagles to answer as Torrez found Arellano on a 45-yard touchdown pass. After Torrez ran for the two points, Waurika was in front, 44-6, with 6:09 still left in the second quarter.

Waurika closed out the game with two scores in the final couple of minute of the second quarter.

Arellano raced 25 yards with 2:14 left to put Waurika in front, 50-6.

With just 27 seconds left in the second quarter, Waurika got the game-ending score on a 33-yard run to set the final margin.

Torrez had another outstanding night rushing with 161 yards on 12 carries. Torrez had only two completions passing in the game, but both completions went for scores.

EAGLE FLIGHTS: The Eagles now hold a 6-3 advantage in meetings with Central High….Waurika has won five straight in the series….In all six wins by the Eagles over the Bronchos, Waurika has scored 50 or more points….The Eagles ran 34 offensive plays during the game and did not have negative yardage on any play….Waurika scored on eight of the 34 plays they ran during the game….Torrez broke the 1,000-yard rushing barrier after his performance last Thursday night and now has 1,018 yards rushing on 83 carries….Jake Smart missed the game last week because of some injuries….This game was moved to Thursday night because of a shortage of available officials for the game….The Eagles have clinched a playoff spot with this victory over Central High and with a victory tomorrow night should clinch second place in the district race which would mean a home game for the first round of the playoffs.

Game in Figures

                                    WHS              CHS

First Downs                  14                   5

Yards Rushing              27-280           30-46

Yards Passing               64                   66

Passes                           2-7                  3-7

Passes Int. by                1                     0

Fumbles, Lost               0-0                 0-0

Punts                            0-0                 2-18

Penalties                       7-50               2-25

                  SCORE BY QUARTERS

Waurika   14             42              x                x—56

Central     0                6              x                 x—6

                  SCORING SUMMARY

WAURIKA – Trent Arellano 19 pass from Treyton Torrez (run failed), 5:48, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Torrez 1 run (Torrez run), 2:20, 1st Quarter

WAURIKA – Torrez 37 run (Johnathan Winegeart run), 11:49, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Torrez 35 run (run failed), 11:37, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Torrez 4 run (Winegeart run), 8:09, 2nd Quarter

CENTRAL HIGH – Levi Young 6 run (run failed), 6:23, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Arellano 45 pass from Torrez (Torrez run), 6:09, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Arellano 25 run (run failed), 2:14, 2nd Quarter

WAURIKA – Arellano 33 run (run failed), :27, 2nd Quarter

                  INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

WAURIKA: Rushing – Treyton Torrez 12-161, Trent Arellano 6-85, Johnathan Winegeart 9-34; Passes – Torrez 2-7-0-64; Receiving – Arellano 2-64.

CENTRAL HIGH: Rushing – Levi Young 16-40, Bailey Johnson 6-11, Sean Klein 3-7, Aidan Armendariz 1-4, Cooper Walters 4-(-16); Passes – Johnson 3-7-0-66; Receiving – Johnson 1-40,Klein 1-20, Kolten Bethune 1-6.

Waurika Girls Cross Country Squad Qualifies for State Meet

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STATE BOUND: Waurika’s girls cross country squad finished seventh in the team competition at last Saturday’s Class 2A Regional meet held in Waurika and that qualified them for the state cross country meet. Pictured from left to right are: Jasmine Henry, Niecsa Camarillo, Jaden Adams, Coach Joe Masoner, Liberti Simmons and Jaci Gholson. Not pictured is Harleigh Loftis and Aubree Showalter, who did not compete in the regional because of an illness. (Photo provided)

The Waurika girls cross country team has overcome a number of obstacles during the 2022 season.

For most of the season, the Lady Eagles did not have enough participants to qualify for the team race in the majority of meets they participated in.

But, in the last few weeks, the Lady Eagles have had additional participants that have enabled them to be part of the team standings.

While still battling some illness, the Lady Eagles managed to finish seventh in last Saturday’s Class 2A Regional Cross Country Meet and that put the Lady Eagles into Saturday’s state championship meet.

The Class 2A State Cross Country Meet will be Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe High School. All classes will be held at the same location.

The Class 2A races will begin with the girls at 11:45 a.m., while the Class 2A boys will race at 12:15 p.m. An awards ceremony for Class 2A will follow at 1 p.m.

The top three teams will be awarded medals and 15 medals will be awarded to the top individual finishers.

Lucas Boyd, who has had an outstanding freshman season for the Eagles, qualified for the state meet as an individual and will be competing Saturday as well as the Lady Eagle team.

The Lady Eagles finished with 181 points – which trailed sixth-place Hobart that finished with 172 points. Riverside won the team title with 55 points.

Aubree Showalter, who has competed for the Lady Eagles in recent weeks, missed the meet due to illness and that meant other runners had to step up to enable Waurika to qualify for the state meet.

Waurika’s Jaci Gholson led the way for the Lady Eagles as she finished sixth in the meet with a time of 13:42.04 – which is her top time of the 2022 season.

The Waurika junior has had an outstanding season and she received a silver medal for her performance in the regional meet on the Lady Eagles’ home course – Harmon Park.

Also playing a key role in the Lady Eagles qualifying for the state meet were Harleigh Loftis, Liberti Simmons, Jaden Adams, Niecsa Camarillo and Jasmine Henry.

Loftis finished 67th in the race with a time of 16;24.74, while Simmons was 71st with a clocking of 16:34.71. Adams was 87th with a time of 17:32.15 and Camarillo finished 109th with a time of 20:16.18. Henry was 118th recorded a time of 23:05.23.

The top five finishers from each school figure into the team standings.

A total of 126 runners competed in the Class 2A girls’ race.

Boyd finished 11th in the boys’ competition and he was the fourth best individual that was not part of the team competition and the top seven individuals not on a team qualify for the state meet.

Boyd earned a bronze medal with his time of 19:28.45.

Alex Gomez and Trent Arellano also ran in the regional for the Eagles.

Gomez finished 17th with a time of 19:39.67 – just two seconds behind the last individual qualifier for the state meet.

Arellano turned in a time of 23:25.29 and that was good for 80th place among the 112 runners in the Class 2A race.

Class 2A had considerably more participants than the Class 3A and Class 4A races.

Class 2A Girls Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Riverside 55, Goodwell-Texhoma 58, Velma-Alma 59, Hollis 92, Walters 146, Hobart 172, Waurika 181, Konawa 197, Mountain View-Gotebo 245, Santa Fe South 273.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Karliey Parker (Riverside), 12:03.89; 2. Reese Coleman (Watonga, 13:07.14; 3. Jessie Foster-Anderson (Velma-Alma), 13:09.21; 4. Kayla Meason (Walters), 13:24.24; 5. Isabel Bush (Carnegie), 13:30.99.

Class 2A Boys Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Riverside 71, Sweetwater 95, Earlsboro 118, Christian Heritage 125, Santa Fe South 134, Merritt 134, Goodwell-Texhoma 162, Apache 170, Hollis 192, Wynnewood 237, Hobart 243, Konawa 261, Stonewall 345.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Brayden Cowan (Watonga), 17:32.62; 2. Asa Worthington (Carnegie), 17:59.28; 3. Andrew Moore (Earlsboro), 18:09.90; 4. Tice Seewalker (Riverside), 18:29.73; 5. Riley Herndon (Merritt), 18:37.03.

Class 3A Girls Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Bethel 30, Heritage Hall 96, Valliant 110, Lindsay 113, Prague 117, Lexington 143, Comanche 149, Marietta 159, Kingston 172.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Katie Bosley (Okla. City Christian Aca.), 13:00.84; 2. Baylee Tapley (Bethel), 13:14.43; 3. Kylie Nunneley (Bethel), 13:19.90; 4. Canon Russell (Lindsay), 13:48.92; 5. Brilee Combs (Comanche), 13:53.89.

Class 3A Boys Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Heritage Hall 60, Bethel 76, Lindsay 106, Silo 132, Lexington 145, Marietta 148, OC Christian Academy 159, Lone Grove 178, Comanche 180, Kingston 215, Frederick 236.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Jackson Fowler (Heritage Hall), 17:19.64; 2. Brycen Ward (Kingston), 17:43.68; 3. Daniel Ponce (Lindsay), 18:19.28; 4. Brycen Lassley (Comanche), 18:26.29; 5. Luis Garcia (Marietta), 18:40.84.

Class 4A Girls Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Cache 40, Pauls Valley 45, Madill 115, Sulphur 131, Marlow 139, Plainview 141, McLoud 144, North Rock Creek 241, Tuttle 243, Tecumseh 265, Harding Charter Prep 289.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: Kenzie Readnour (Pauls Valley), 12:54.47; 2. Cora Lane (Cache), 13:14.07; 3. Amidat Olokunola (Cache), 13:15.43; 4 Kara Daniels (Cache), 13:21.12; 5. Isabella Gutierrez (Pauls Valley), 13:32.65.

Class 4A Boys Regional Results

TEAM STANDINGS: Cache 42, Plainview 64, Tecumseh 78, Sulphur 117, Marlow 121, Madill 168, Harrah 206, McLoud 228, Tuttle 230, Harding Charter prep 236, North Rock Creek 269, Pauls Valley 288.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Jordan Coody (North Rock Creek), 17:26.18; 2. Anthony Radke (Cache), 17:54.48; 3. Logan Haworth (Tecumseh), 18:00.17; 4. Cooper Phillips (Plainview), 18:02.01; 5. Cade Parks (Plainview), 18:16.64.

Ryan Sending Two Harriers To State Cross Country Competition

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 Two Ryan cross country participants will be headed to the state meet after qualifying during the Class 2A Regional Cross Country Meet held at Harmon Park in Waurika last Saturday.

Andrew Scott and Kamrie Hernandez each earned spots in Saturday’s state meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School by finishing among the top seven competitors not on a team in the regional at Waurika.

Waurika hosted one of three regionals in Class 2A.

Hernandez finished 16th overall in the Class 2A girls race and she recorded a time of 14:14.56, but she was the sixth best individual runner and the top seven individual runners qualify for an opportunity to run in the state meet.

The Cowgirl freshman ran her second best time of the season at the regional and was one of only six freshmen to finish in the top 20 of the race. Hernandez was one of only two freshmen individuals that qualified for state from the Waurika regional.

A total of 126 runners competed in the Class 2A division race.

Two other Cowgirls competed at the regional for coach Shelley Villarreal.

Lilah Regehr finished 76th in the competition with a time of 16:43.01 – her second best time of the cross country season.

Also competing for the Cowgirls at the regional was Kayleigh Hodges. She finished 117th with a time of 22:12.53.

All three Cowgirl competitors are freshmen.

Scott will be making his second straight appearance in the Class 2A state competition.

In last Saturday’s race, Scott finished 12th overall with a time of 19:30.04. He was the fifth best individual qualifier in the Waurika regional.

Scott was awarded a bronze medal for his performance at the regional meet.

The Class 2A state meet will begin with the girls’ race at 11:45 a.m. and the boys’ race will follow at 12:15 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow.

STATE BOUND – Ryan’s Kamrie Hernandez (left) and Andrew Scott (right) will represent Ryan at Saturday’s Class 2A State Cross Country Meet at Edmond Santa Fe. The two Ryan cross country participants qualified for state by finishing in the top seven individuals not on a team at last Saturday’s Class 2A regional competition held at Harmon Park in Waurika. 
(Photo by Shelley Villarreal)

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