• Area teams come up short at state tournaments (March 7-8)
The Sequoyah boys made the deepest run of all the area high school basketball teams that made state tournament appearances. The Indians took down Sperry, 73-65, in the first round of the 3A state tournament before being doused by Okemah, 55-35, in the semifinals at State Fair Arena.
The Oklahoma City Fairgrounds is also where the season ended for the Sequoyah girls, who lost 61-39 to Adair in the first round of the 3A state tournament.
In Catoosa, the Tahlequah girls’ trip to the Class 5A state tournament was short-lived, thanks to Carl Albert’s Gioya Carter, who scored 18 points in the Lady Titans’ 44-37 triumph over Tahlequah.
• RiverHawks fall in NCAA tournament (March 16)
Jermaine Bransford had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryton Hobbs posted 17 points for NSU, but the RiverHawks still fell to Winona State in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Mankato, Minn. The RiverHawks’ season came to an end at 19-9, as Winona State advanced in the NCAA Central Regional, thanks to 18 points from Clayton Vette.
• Seattle drafts Michael Bowie (April 27)
It took until the seventh and final round of the NFL draft, but the Seattle Seahawks took Northeastern State’s Michael Bowie with the 242nd overall pick in the draft. Bowie became the first NSU player drafted since Derrick Moore was taken in 1992.
“I kind of felt it coming because (Seattle) reached out and told me they were thinking about taking me. But they didn’t know yet. It was just about me being patient,” said Bowie, who transferred to from Oklahoma State to NSU prior to his senior year.
• Tahlequah, Sequoyah bow out early at slowpitch state tournament (May 1)
Class 6A No. 2 Tahlequah struggled to get anything on offense and lost to No. 8 Broken Arrow, 5-3, in the first round of the slowpitch state tournament in Oklahoma City.
Not long after the Lady Tigers lost, Sequoyah followed on its way out the door, dropping a 6-5 contest to Cache in the opening round of the tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Lady Indians committed seven errors en route to the defeat, which kept them from having a chance to repeat as 5A state champions.