Tahlequah Daily Press

March 27, 2013

THS golfers finish 3rd at state preview

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From Staff reports

— TULSA — Tahlequah’s Blake Berry tied for first with Tulsa Memorial’s Eric Moore and Deer Creek’s Austin Dobbs with a 76 on Monday at the Bishop Kelley Invitational at Tulsa Country Club.

The down side of that for the Tigers? Tahlequah coach Nick Baker was unable to use Berry’s score toward to overall team final because Berry was an extra golfer Baker took with him to the Class 5A state tournament preview tournament.

The good news for Tahlequah? The Tigers still managed to finish third without Berry.

Blake Cochran shot an 80, Jake Johnson carded an 82 and two other Tahlequah golfers finished in the 80s to help the Tigers post a team score of 338 — 24 strokes off the winning pace set by Deer Creek (314). Bishop Kelley came in second with a 335.

“It was windy, cold and tough conditions,” Baker said. “The guys battled hard, and I’m proud of their effort.”

On Tuesday, the Tigers recorded a 313 and came in second place at the Coweta tournament at Emerald Falls Golf Course. Johnson, Berry and Bishop Kelley's Brodie King tied for first place with 74s.

Also for Tahlequah, Brent Spradlin carded a 77 to finish eighth overall.

Bishop Kelley won the team title with a 307. Booker T. Washington was third with a 320.

Tigers finish 3rd

CLAREMORE — Hunter Manes and Lars Gris came in first place at No. 1 doubles to guide Tahlequah's tennis team to a third-place showing at the Claremore tournament on Tuesday.

Also for Tahlequah, Conner Nelson (No. 1 singles) came in third place, beating Sand Springs' Mitchel Stockard, 7-6, 6-4, for the bronze. John Molina and Ben Ballard teamed up to come in fourth at No. 2 doubles.

In the team standings, Bartlesville finished first and Ponca City was second.

Keys falls to Hornets

VINITA — The Keys baseball team lost to Vinita, 13-5, on Tuesday. The Cougars are now 2-8 will host Wagoner on Thursday.

Pippin comes in 2nd place

CLAREMORE — Tahlequah's Emily Pippin shot an 89 and came in second place at the Claremore tournament at Heritage Hills Golf Course on Tuesday. Also for Tahlequah, Mikal Yahola and Amber Sweeney shot a 108.

The Lady Tigers will play at the Hilldale tournament in Muskogee on Tuesday.

Lady Riders win

OKAY — The Hulbert slowpitch softball team beat Okay 6-2 on Tuesday. The Lady Riders are now 2-3 and will host Sallisaw Central on Thursday.

Bunch wins Keys tourney

Sequoyah's Rylan Bunch won his third tournament of the season on Tuesday when he shot a 77 and won the Keys tournament. Bunch won the Wagoner tournament to start the season and the first Keys tournament earlier this season.

No information was reported for Keys' team.