Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

July 29, 2013

Not so impossible

Tahlequah golfer Emily Pippin lands on All-State golf team despite having her doubts.

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

It seemed like such an unobtainable goal. Deep down in her heart, that’s how Emily Pippin felt.

She was never quite sure if she’d be able to achieve All-State status.

“It was always one of those goals that I really wanted to achieve,” Pippin said, “but it seemed a little out of my reach.”

All the Tahlequah High School senior had to do was be one of the two top seniors from the east side of Oklahoma at the Class 5A state golf tournament in Ardmore. She entered the event brimming with confidence, after finishing third overall at the 5A regional tournament at Pryor Creek.

She followed that up with a 36-hole total of 179 (92-87) at Dornick Hills in southern Oklahoma. She shrugged off her only round in the 90s all year to edge past Coweta’s ShyAnn Williams and claim one of the two All-State spots in 5A.

“It’s very special to me that only two girls from the east are going to the All-State tournament,” Pippin said. “It’s a great feeling to achieve a goal that I didn’t even think was possible.”

Pippin — who came in 14th at the state tournament — will compete in the All-State tournament on Monday at Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Catoosa. She’ll be joined by fellow 5A golfer, Claremore’s Alyssa Brown. Oktaha’s Kailey Campbell and Eufaula’s Faith Lasiter will also be members of the 12-player East team.

Sporting a Tahlequah polo one last time on the links is something that Pippin is looking forward to.

“I’m very glad to be representing Tahlequah once again in the All-State games,” Pippin said. “I wasn’t ready to be done with my high school golf career back in May. I’m happy to have one last go-round.”

Asked if she thought much about making the All-State squad while at the state tournament, Pippin said she did initially, but her focus eventually shifted to everyone and everything she’s going to miss during the next handful of spring seasons.

“The All-State team was on my mind a lot while I was competing in Ardmore,” Pippin recalled. “But when I was coming down the home stretch of what I thought would be the final 18 as a Tahlequah Tiger, all I could think about is how much my life would be changing in the new few months and how much I would miss my coach, my teammates and the traveling.”

Now she gets to cap off her career in the field consisting of the best senior golfers in the state.

As for her game plan at the All-State tournament, Pippin said her main goal is just to have fun.

“The All-State tournament will definitely be more laid back for me,” she said. “I’m going to try and sit back and enjoy it more than what I normally would, simply because this is my last chance as a Tiger.

Text Only
Sports
  • Bassmaster.jpg Crossing, and fishing, the Delaware

    Bassmaster Elite Series anglers to compete Aug. 7

    BASS has fished out of some legendary venues over the years (including Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans), but never Philadelphia, which is host of the Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River, Aug. 7-10, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mison.jpg Mixon’s attorney says incident with woman self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    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

  • NSU-fishing-team.jpg NSU teams compete in fishing tournament

    Three teams from Northeastern State University’s Bass Fishing Team competed in the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Tournament on Grand Lake in Grove on Saturday, June 21.

    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

  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Stocks