Tahlequah Daily Press

October 10, 2012

Class 5A state tournament preview capsules

Sports Editor

— Tahlequah Tigers

Record: 29-7.

Coach: Matt Cloud.

State titles: None.

Notes: Cloud’s record in three years as coach at Tahlequah is 102-21. ... Tahlequah finished second in District 5A-3, with its only two losses in district play coming to Grove. ... Tahlequah beat Coweta twice, by a combined score of 20-2, to reach its third straight state tournament. ... Tahlequah was last year’s runner-up in 5A, losing to Carl Albert in the finals.

Chickasha Fighting Chicks

Record: 30-9.

Coach: Dennis Furr.

State titles: None.

Notes: The Fighting Chicks are 4-4 against ranked teams this season and 0-3 against top-five clubs. ... Chickasha went unbeaten in district play, going 14-0 in 5A-2. ... The Fighting Chicks outscored opponents 162-7 in district play.

Pryor Tigers

Record: 15-21.

Coach: Matt Davis.

State titles: One (1987).

Notes: Pryor was the only non-hosting school during regional-tournament play to reach the state tournament. ... Pryor had lost six of seven games before beginning postseason play. ... Pryor finished fourth in 5A-3 during the regular season.

Deer Creek Antlers

Record: 25-8.

Coach: Erin Reiger.

State titles: One (2003).

Notes: Deer Creek finished second in 5A-1 during the regular season. ... Deer Creek lost in the first round of the state tournament last year, 1-0 to McAlester.

Grove Lady Red

Record: 23-5.

Coach: Jeremy Collins.

State titles: Two (1996, 2000).

Notes: Grove is making its third straight state-tournament appearance. ... Grove finished first in District 5A-3 for the second straight season. ... Grove was eliminated by Carl Albert in the semifinals in 2011. ... Taylor Dodson leads Grove in home runs (eight), runs batted in (32), batting average (.515) and slugging percentage (.971).

Duncan Demons

Record: 26-14.

Coach: Robert Cowan.

State titles: None.

Notes: Duncan finished second in 5A-2 this season. ... Duncan beat Northwest Classen and went 2-1 against Guthrie to advance to the state tournament.

Carl Albert Titans

Record: 27-6.

Coach: Colin White.

State titles: Four (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011).

Notes: Carl Albert won District 5A-1 during the regular season. ... Carl Albert’s only loss in district play was to Deer Creek. ... Carl Albert run-ruled Tahlequah, 17-7, in last year’s state championship game.

Collinsville Cardinals

Record: 25-12.

Coach: Mike Henry.

State titles: Two (1972, 2005).

Notes: Collinsville has won eight of its last night games. ... Collinsville is the only team from District 5A-4 to make the state tournament.