Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

April 16, 2014

Tigers roll to Union tourney title

Local and state briefs

TULSA — Nick Baker has seen his golf team win several tournament during his time as Tahlequah’s golf coach. However, Tuesday was a new accomplishment for his club.

At the Union tournament at LaFortune Park, the Tigers finished with a 294 — the lowest score by a Tahlequah team during Baker’s reign as coach.

“All the guys played great today,” said Baker, whose team posted a score that was only six over par.

Leading the way for Tahlequah was Hunter Pennington and Blake Berry. Both shot a 1-under 71, and Pennington won the friendly playoff showdown on the first hole.

Rounding out Tahlequah’s other scores were Jake Johnson with a 75, Blake Cochran with a 77 and Kyler Arnall with an 82. Johnson finished fourth overall and Cochran was fifth.

Sandwiched in between Johnson and the top two finishers was Tahlequah’s Brent Spradlin, whose score didn’t even count toward Tahlequah’s team total. Spradlin fired a 73 to claim the bronze.

Tahlequah’s two extra golfers at the tournament, Aaron Crawley and Brandt Emerson, shot an 84 and an 86, respectively.

On the team leaderboard, Broken Arrow was 26 strokes off Tahlequah’s winning pace with a 320 in second place. Union was third with a 329.

Up next for Tahlequah is the Grove tournament at Patricia Island on Monday.

Tahlequah blasts Bartlesville twice

JENKS — Class 6A No. 3 Tahlequah ran its winning streak to 11 games with a pair of 15-0 routs of Bartlesville on Tuesday.

In the first game, Tahlequah (23-4) recorded 15 hits, including three apiece by Kortney Dry and Lindsay Wade. Kirsten Chase drove in three runs, and Lainey Wallace, Wade and Caitlin Chuculate all drove in two apiece.

Tahlequah scored four runs in the first inning and added eight in the second inning. To employ the run rule, Tahlequah tallied three runs in the third frame.

In the second game, Tahlequah notched 14 hits with six girls logging two apiece. Chuculate drove in three, and Chase, Wallace and Wade each brought home two runs each.

Tahlequah blew the game open early with a 14-run first inning.

Bartlesville finished the day with only a total of four hits.

Tahlequah’s next action will be Thursday at home against Oktaha and Jay. The games begin at 4 p.m.

Doubles lead Tahlequah at MLC tournament

Katie Schneider and Sarah Schiefelbein continued their successful run in doubles play with a second-place showing at the Metro Lakes Conference tournament on Tuesday. Tahlequah’s No. 1 doubles team advanced to the finals with wins over Skiatook (6-0, 6-0) and Claremore (6-3, 7-6).

In the championship match, Schneider and Schiefelbein lost in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, to Bishop Kelley’s Mallory Brookover and Madeline Hall.

Tahlequah’s Chace Brose (No. 1 singles) and Cheyenne Marshall (No. 2 singles) were both consolation champions at the conference tournament.

Tahlequah soccer sweeps in district play

DURANT — Rachael Walker and Taelin King both scored for the Tahlequah girls as they pulled out a 2-1 victory over Durant in District 5A-4 soccer action on Tuesday. With the win, the Tahlequah girls improved to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in district action.

In the boys game, Tahlequah topped Durant 5-2. The score was 3-1 at halftime. Scoring in the game for Tahlequah was Trae Hendricks, Alberto Ramirez, Saul Medina (twice) and Eric Lopez.

The Tigers are now 4-4 overall and 2-2 in 5A-4.

Both Tahlequah teams return home Friday to host East Central.

Sequoyah softball blasts Vian

Class 5A No. 8 Sequoyah made quick work of Vian on Tuesday with a 15-2 run-rule victory on the softball diamond.

Haleigh Galvan collected three hits for Sequoyah (9-8), and also drove in two runs. Merissa Smith was two-for-three with a two-run home run in the second inning.

Feather Pacheco, Taylor Owl, Jakkie Wright, Starr Beaver and Brittany Barnett each had two hits apiece for the Lady Indians, who will be on the road at Locust Grove on Thursday.

Cougars baseball goes 1-1

VIAN — Keys’ baseball team, ranked 18th in Class 3A, posted a 1-1 day with a 11-5 loss to Vian and a 12-1 win over Sallisaw Central on Tuesday.

The Cougars are now 14-8 and will play at Westville on Thursday.

Keys golfers 2nd at tournament

VINITA — The Keys boys golf team finished second at the Vinita tournament on Tuesday.

Shea Heble of Keys won medalist honors with a round of 77. Next up for the Keys boys will be the Hilldale tournament on Thursday.

Keys girls golfers get 3rd

On Monday, Keys’ golf tournament was cut short at Cherokee Trails Golf Course. The Keys girls came in third place with a 219.

Eufaula won with a 189. Henryetta’s Joley Vance won medalist honors with a 42.

Keys’ lowest round was shot by Kayla Hunt, whose 52 was good enough for ninth place.

Hulbert softball beats Gore

HULBERT — Hulbert had 13 hits and posted a 7-4 win over Gore in softball action on Tuesday.

Hulbert scored four runs in the first inning and followed with one more in second and two more in third.

Shania Botts led Hulbert with three hits. Aleah Tedder drove in two runs, and Ashlyn Riley, Krista Bowlin, Botts and Delaney Keener each had a run batted in.

Tulsa football season opener moved up 2 days

TULSA — The American Athletic Conference says the Tulsa-Tulane 2014 football season opener will be played two days earlier than previously scheduled.

The game is now scheduled for Aug. 28, at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa and will be the first AAC game for both Tulsa and Tulane. It was previously scheduled for Aug. 30.

Kickoff time and whether the game will be televised has not been determined.

Tulsa and Tulane have played 10 times previously with the Golden Hurricane holding an overall 8-2 series lead. Tulane won last season's game 14-7 in New Orleans.

OSU wrestler is Big 12 scholar athlete

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State wrestler Chris Perry has been named the 2014 Big 12 Wrestling Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The conference announced the award Tuesday.

Perry is a two-time national champion and a senior majoring in education where he has a 3.21 grade point average.

He compiled a 30-1 record this past season — including his second-straight national title.

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