Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

March 12, 2014

Tribute to Trinton

Sequoyah players honor fallen teammate during current season


No. 3 Spiro Bulldogs

Record: 24-2.

Coach: Dustin Gist.

Players to watch: Knifeis Carter (5-11, Sr.), McKinley Whitfield (6-4, Jr.).

Notes: The Bulldogs’ only two losses this season came in a span of three games. Spiro lost to Roland 63-56 in overtime on Jan. 28 and then lost to Stilwell 57-56 on Feb. 7. ... Spiro is 8-2 against ranked teams this year. ... The Bulldogs made their way to the state tournament with a 52-44 win over Nowata in the area finals.

No. 4 Verdigris Cardinals

Record: 24-4.

Coach: Randy Upshaw

Players to watch: Cade Upshaw (5-9, Jr., 17.4 ppg), Caleb Jones (6-4, Sr., 16.7 ppg), Laef Payne (5-9, Soph., 11.4 ppg).

Notes: All four of Verdigris’ losses this season have come in tournament play. Inola (Jerry O’Quin Invitational), Locust Grove (Bank of Locust Grove tournament) and Victory Christian (Port City Classic) were three losses in regular-season tournaments. Then the Cardinals lost to Sequoyah in the area finals on Friday night. ... Verdigris atoned for its loss in the area championship by beating Antlers, 72-42, in the area consolation contest.

No. 6 Atoka Wampus Cats

Record: 21-6.

Coach: Russ Harrison.

Notes: Atoka is 10-1 in tournament play this season. The Wampus Cats’ lone loss was to Okemah in the area championship game. However, Atoka made up for the loss with a 63-37 win over Hugo in the area consolation contest. ... Atoka is 7-2 against ranked teams this season. Three of wins were against Hugo.

No. 2 Centennial Bison

Record: 24-2.

Coach: Garrette Mantle.

Players to watch: Austin Garner (6-7, Sr., 14.1 ppg), Cory Morgan (6-2, Jr., 14.0 ppg).

Notes: The Bison won 3A state championships in 2011 and 2012, but had their championship run end with a semifinal loss to eventual state champion Millwood in 2013. ... Centenntial’s only two losses this season have come against 6A’s Lawton Eisenhower and Heritage Hall. ... The Bison beat Heritage Hall, 52-48, to reach the state tournament.

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    Before scheduled practices can begin in order to prepare for the season, players must first receive a physical.
    Next Tuesday, Aug. 5, Keys High School will be administering physicals in the high school cafeteria.

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  • Keys-Dakota.jpg Playing both sides of the line

    Recently, Keys High School football standout Dakota Matlock was nearly severely injured in a terrifying car wreck.

    Matlock is coming off a stellar gridiron season for Keys High School. On offense, Matlock ran for over 1,000 yards for the Cougars. In his sophomore season, Matlock led Keys in tackles from the safety position.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hooper.jpg Sparking the flame

    Sequoyah High School’s Justin Hooper looking to lead this year

    Last season was Justin’s last chance to play alongside Cody at Sequoyah High School.
    Justin had to battle to win the Indians starting tailback. The coaching staff did not know who was going to be the Indians starting running back coming into fall practice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, East win easily at All-State

    Jake Johnson was able to hold off Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel at the Class 5A state tournament in May. On Monday at the All-State tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Johnson had it much easier against Meisel.

    July 29, 2014

  • TAH-MORGAN.jpg Brett’s ball club

    Brett Morgan taking over as Tahlequah’s softball coach

    July 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Morgan taking over as Tahlequah’s softball coach

    July 14, 2014

  • -1.tif Playing through pain

    Tahlequah's Chase Campbell playing football despite an injured shoulder

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • o'donnell3.jpg Randee repairs shoulder

    Former Tahlequah standout Randee O’Donnell has shoulder operation before starting college career

    July 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • OSSAA to coaches: No more criticism of officials

    June 27, 2014

  • Benson.jpg Former Tahlequah coach hired at Duncan

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo


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