Two Sandites headed to NCAA Softball Super Regionals, and other alumni updates

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The No. 13 ranked Oklahoma State University Cowgirl Softball team (42-14) won its first Regional Championship since 2011 Saturday afternoon, squeezing out a 2-1 come-from-behind Finals win over No. 25 Tulsa (37-20). The Pokes also won 3-1 against the West Coast Conference Champions from BYU (30-26) and beat Tulsa 13-10 in their first meeting of the tournament.

The Cowgirl roster includes two former Sand Springs standouts in sophomore Sydney Pennington and senior Mallory Goodman.

Pennington played third base throughout the three-game tournament, recording two put outs and eight assists. At the plate she was 2-of-10 with 2 runs and 1 RBI, hitting a solo homer in the top of the second inning in the first game against Tulsa. 

Pennington is .250 on the season with 30 runs, 42 hits, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 10 homers, 33 RBI, a .482 slugging average, .314 on-base-percentage, and a .948 fielding average. In her career she’s .277 with 57 runs, 102 hits, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 17 homers, and 76 RBI.

Goodman hasn’t seen any action this season, but she’s .241 in her career with 17 runs, 28 hits, 5 doubles, 3 homers, a .362 slugging average, and .343 on-base-percentage.

The Pokes will return to action Thursday and Friday against the defending National Champions from No. 4 Florida State (54-8) at the Tallahassee Super Regional. Game times are 6:00 p.m. CT Thursday, 2:00 p.m. CT Friday, and 11:00 a.m. CT Saturday (if necessary). Thursday and Saturday’s games will be on ESPN and Friday’s game will be on ESPN2.

Other softball news…

Central Christian College senior Breanna Bill batted .271 this season with a .388 slugging average, 23 runs, 35 hits, 4 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run, 11 RBI, and 8 sacrifices. The Tigers went 16-38 overall and 8-28 in the SAC.

1983 grad Randall King led the Broken Arrow High School Slow Pitch Softball team to a 23-9 record, Class 6A No. 5 ranking, and State Tournament appearance.

2011 grad Joely Rogers finished her first season as Pitching Coach at Coffeyville Community College, helping the Ravens to a 7-34 record.

Sophomore Jessica Collins batted .284 with a .327 on-base percentage, .561 slugging average, 32 runs, 42 hits, 5 doubles, 12 home runs, and 33 RBI at Connors State College as the Cowgirls went 16-31 overall and 11-22 in conference. She went 1-5 on the mound, throwing 5 strikeouts in 34 innings with a 9.34 ERA and .948 fielding percentage.

Northeastern State University went 28-27 overall and 14-12 in conference. Junior Jessica Schuler batted .297 with 29 runs, 47 hits, 33 RBI, 14 doubles, 5 homers, a .481 slugging average, .386 on-base percentage, and a .991 fielding percentage.

Junior Kennedy “Goose” Salyers finished the season .234 at the plate with 5 runs, 11 hits, 1 double, 1 RBI, a .255 slugging average, and a .250 on-base percentage at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The Savage Storm went 29-28 overall and 25-19 in conference.

Baseball

Rhett Rutledge is playing NCAA Division I baseball at Florida International University in his junior year, following a two-year stent at Northern Oklahoma College. He currently owns a .250 batting average and .300 slugging average on the season with five hits, seven runs, and one RBI, with a .905 fielding percentage. The Panthers are 22-29 overall and will return to action Thursday with a three-day three-game home series against Louisiana Tech.

Sophomores Mack Thompson and Treyce Tolbert saw action on a 24-22 Rose State College baseball team, the school’s best record since 2013. Thompson ended the season with a .879 fielding percentage, .337 batting average, .413 on-base percentage, and .402 slugging average, recording 31 hits, 6 doubles, 20 runs, and 16 RBI. Tolbert finished with a .909 fielding percentage, .297 batting average, .360 on-base percentage, and .436 slugging average, with 30 hits, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 17 runs, and 19 RBI.

Berryhill grad and native Sandite Jacob Bailey is seeing reduced duty with the Seminole State baseball team. He is 1-0 on the mound in 3.2 innings pitched with a 0.0 ERA and 6 strikeouts. Last season he was 6-1 for a 4.14 ERA. Seminole went 39-14 this season.

University of Oklahoma sophomore Jake Terry has pitched two innings this season and thrown one strikeout. His career ERA stands at 7.53. The Sooners are 31-20 overall and 9-12 in Big 12 action. They will play a three-game Red River Rivalry series this week to conclude the regular season.

CPHS Class of 1981 grad Mike Moore is Head Baseball Coach at Jay High School, and recently wrapped up the season with an 18-14 record.

Basketball

University of Central Oklahoma freshman Colt Savage scored 84 points with 25 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals for the Men’s Basketball team this past season, helping the Broncos to an 11-17 record. He shot 55.6% on field goals, 50% on three-pointers, and 90% on free throws.

Football

Sophomore Jacob Taber and the Fort Hays State University football team earned their second-straight MIAA Conference Title with a 9-3 overall record and 6-0 undefeated performance on their home turf. Taber played in all twelve games, recording 4 total tackles.

Jerry Lyons didn’t see any action his freshman year at Southwestern College football, but the Moundbuilders finished the season 6-5 overall and 5-5 in conference.

Payton Scott took a redshirt his freshman year at the University of Central Oklahoma, but the football team went 8-4 overall, 7-4 in conference, and won the Heart of Texas Bowl.

Golf

University of Denver golfer Carson Griggs cracked the starting lineup this season as a true freshman and helped his team to a Summit League Conference Championship with a sixth place finish out of 44 golfers. The Pioneers concluded their season Wednesday with a 12th place finish at the NCAA Stanford Regional.

Griggs placed 54th out of 96 at the Ram Masters Invitational, helping his team to a 4th place finish. He was first on his team and 13th out of 100 at the William H. Tucker Invitational. He was second on his team and 31st of 84 at the Bayou City Collegiate Tournament. He placed 30th of 90 at the Ping Cougar Classic, 67th of 75 at Regionals, 68th of 72 at the Paintbrush Invitational, 84th of 112 at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, and 101st of 120 at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate Classic. 

Rowing

University of Oklahoma senior Hannah Hammond was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team.

Soccer

1991 grad Roger Bush led the Oral Roberts University Women to an 8-12 record. Junior Brooklyn Eardley played eight games and recorded one assist.

1999 grad Ryan Bush led the Oral Roberts University Men to a 6-7-3 record.

2012 grad Tyler McIntosh led the Midwest City Boys to a 2-12 record.

2010 grad Aaron McIntosh led the Mingo Valley Boys to a Heartland Christian Athletic Association Conference Championship in his first year as Head Coach.

Junior Kayla Foster played seven games this past season at Missouri University of Science and Technology, scoring one goal and one assist. The Miners went 4-11-1 overall and 3-9-1 in conference.

Megan Deshazo (sophomore) and Emma Peak (freshman) helped the Northern Oklahoma College (Tonkawa) team to an 8-7-1 overall record and 7-5-1 conference performance this season. Deshazo was named Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year and made the NJCAA All-Region team, leading the team in total scoring with eight goals and three assists. Deshazo is signed to play for Southwestern Christian University next season. Peak scored one goal and two assists.

Oklahoma City University freshman Abigail Banks only got to play one game this season, due to sharing the lineup with an All-Conference goalie. The Stars went 11-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 for second in conference.

Redlands Community College and sophomore Brooklyn Turner went 9-6-2 this season. Turner saw action in twelve games.

Tennis

Assistant Coach Peter McCorkle (C/o 2005) helped the Oral Roberts men’s team to a 6-12

Track and Field

Colby Community College freshman Ian Baustert finished 27th in the 800 meter run at the NJCAA Region VI Track Championships with a time of 2:09.10 last week. Earlier this season he set 4:28.77 PR in the 1500.

Grand Canyon University sophomore Cheyenne Walden finished the season 6th in the 3K Steeplechase in 11:12.13 and 23rd in the 5K run in 18:47.24 at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. Over the course of the season she set PRs of 4:45.56 in the 1500 run, 5:22.13 in the one-mile, 10:17.49 in the 3k, 17:10.40 in the 5K, and 10:54.11 in the 3K Steeple. She also won the NAU Friday Night Duals one-mile run in the season-opener, placed second in the 3K Steeple at the Aztec Invitational, and broke the school’s 5K record.

Volleyball

Kansas State sophomore Gloria Mutiri had a remarkable season this past fall, earning a multitude of accolades. She was twice named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week, made the All-Big 12 Rookie Team, and was a second team All-Big 12 selection. The American Volleyball Coaches Association selected her for the All-Midwest Region First Team, named her Midwest Freshman of the Year, and gave her an All-American Honorable Mention.

Mutiri finished the season with 271 kills, 3 assists, 15 aces, 192 digs, and 67 blocks in 98 sets. The Wildcats went 15-12 overall and 5-11 in Big 12 action. They will be taking a nine-day trip to Brazil later this month to play a series of exhibition matches in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Labette freshman Kylie Taylor recorded 2 assists, 2 aces, and 44 digs in 34 sets, helping the Cardinals to an 8-22 record.

Wrestling

Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Daton Fix won the first 26 matches of his career and went 35-2 overall this season, picking up titles at the Oklahoma City Open, the Reno Tournament of Champions, the Southern Scuffle, and the Big 12 Conference Tournament. His only losses came to All-Americans and he placed second at the NCAA Tournament.

UCO redshirt junior Cody Karstetter went 1-0 in his debut season with the Bronchos, winning an 8-3 decision in a dual with Fort Hays State.

CPHS Golf: Carson Griggs places fifth at 6A State Championship

Carson Griggs senior portrait. (Courtesy).

Carson Griggs senior portrait. (Courtesy).

Charles Page High School senior Carson Griggs concluded his high school career Tuesday afternoon at Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow with a fifth place finish in the OSSAA 6A State Championship.

Griggs had a rough start to the tournament, tied for 25th place after shooting a 78 in round one. 

The Sandite battled back excellently with the third-lowest score in round two at 71 strokes and ended day one tied for sixth place.

Griggs had the third-best score of round three as well, shooting a 73 to improve to fifth place, tied with Broken Arrow's Gabe Replogle at 222 strokes. 

A four-time State Qualifier, Griggs placed nineteenth as a freshman, twentieth as a sophomore, and was Runner-Up as a junior. He will continue his golfing career at the University of Denver. 

Edmond North's Brock Polhill handily won the tournament with a 211, including a tournament-best round of 67. He was the only athlete to hit sub-seventy in any round. Owasso's Austin Enzbrenner came in runner-up with a score of 215. 

Edmond North won the team title with a score of 881, followed by Owasso at 896. 

CPHS Golf: Carson Griggs and Meghan Charles qualify for State Tournament

The Charles Page High School golf team qualified two for the OSSAA 6A State Tournament.

University of Denver-signed senior Carson Griggs was the top individual qualifier at the East Regional on Bailey Ranch Golf Course, shooting a 148 over two rounds. Kyler Gaylor scored 176, Danny Pittman shot 190, J.T. Bristow scored 204, and Nate Campbell shot 216.

Freshman standout Meghan Charles was the number-four qualifier in Muskogee with a single round score of 88. Emily Charles shot 99, Elizabeth Moore shot 113, and Adele Downey shot 122. 

Owasso and Edmond Memorial will be the top contenders for the State title in boys' competition as the East and West Regional Champions, respectively. 

Bixby and Edmond North won the girls' Regionals, but only by a few strokes over Jenks and Norman making it anyone's game at State. 

The girls' State Tournament will by held May 2nd and 3rd at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville. Charles will tee off at 9:08 a.m. Wednesday.

Griggs will tee off at 8:00 a.m. May 7th at Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow. This is his fourth trip to the State Tournament, and he came in Runner-Up as a junior. 

CPHS Golf: Carson Griggs wins at Ponca City, Meghan Charles places 2nd at Sapulpa

Carson Griggs placed first at the 2018 Ponca City Invitational. (Submitted; Kelly Webb).

The Charles Page High School varsity golf teams are off to a good start in the 2018 Spring season. University of Denver-committed senior Carson Griggs recently took first place at the Ponca City Invitational, while freshman standout Meghan Charles came in runner-up at the Olive High School Tournament in Sapulpa and third at the Lady Sandite Invitational.

The Lady Sandites placed third at the Olive tournament, anchored by Meghan Charles's score of 86. Emily Charles shot a 99, followed by Cloe Campfield 102, Elizabeth Moore 113, Adele Downey 115, and Sydney Palmer 111. 

The Sandite girls hosted their annual tournament at the Canyons at Blackjack Ridge and finished in fourth place. Meghan Charles scored 99, Emily Charles 106, Elizabeth Moore 107, Adele Downey 110, and Sydney Palmer 111. 

The varsity boys' team kicked off their year with a fourth-place finish in Ponca City and a team score of 346. Griggs shot a 73, Kyler Gaylor scored 85, J.T. Bristow 91, Nate Campbell 97, and Jared Jenkins 105. 

The junior varsity boys also competed in Sapulpa, led by Hunter Rotramel with a score of 90. Chase Smith shot 102, followed by Cameron Smith 105, Nate Campbell 107, Korbyn Cowan 113, and Sam Smith 115 for a team score of 412.

CPHS Golf: Carson Griggs signs with University of Denver

Charles Page High School senior and OSSAA 6A State Runner-Up golf star Carson Griggs signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning to play for the University of Denver (DU).

DU is a four-year private university participating in NCAA Division One athletics. The Pioneers have been members of The Summit League since 2013 and they placed sixth in the conference championship this past season. Their last conference title was in 2014 and their last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2011. They are led by Head Coach Erik Billinger in his fourth season. 

Griggs is coming off a second-place finish in the OSSAA 6A State Championship last May, finishing just two strokes behind the Champion in a field of 72 competitors. He shot four strokes under par in a three-round tournament at the Golf Club of Edmond. He tied for 20th place as a sophomore and 19th place as a freshman.

Last year Griggs took first place at the 6A State Preview at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, but the Championship location was relocated due to spring flooding at its usual site. He also won the Sand Springs Invitational and the Frontier Valley Conference Championship, and placed second at the Bartlesville Bruin Invitational.

CPHS Golf: Carson Griggs selected as All-Tulsa World Player of the Year Finalist

Charles Page High School senior Carson Griggs was selected as one of three All-Tulsa World Golf Player of the Year finalists.

Griggs is a rapidly rising star on the Oklahoma golf scene, winning three High School tournaments this past season and coming in Runner-Up at two others. He placed first at the Sand Springs Invitational, the Frontier Valley Conference Championship, and the 6A State Preview.

A three-time State Qualifier, he tied for nineteenth as a freshman and twentieth as a sophomore before coming in Runner-Up this past season. He was only two strokes behind the Champion, shooting four under par at the Golf Club of Edmond.

Griggs regularly competes on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour throughout the summer and was recently on the winning East Team at the Oklahoma Junior Cup Matches in Shawnee.

Final selection for the Athlete of the Year will be made at the All World Awards dinner on July 8th at Marriott Southern Hills.

Fourteen Sandites named to Tulsa Area All-VYPE Teams

Fourteen Sand Springs athletes received accolades in the latest edition of the VYPE Tulsa magazine.

Daton Fix was third in the voting for Tulsa-Area Boys Athlete of the Year, receiving 5.8% of the vote in a poll with fourteen candidates. Fix concluded his high school wrestling career as a four-time undefeated State Champion with a 168-0 record. He will compete for a Junior World Championship this summer in Finland before wrestling this winter for Oklahoma State University. 

Sydney Pennington was fourth in the voting for Tulsa-Area Girls Athlete of the Year, receiving more than 4,700 votes for 5.6% of the vote in a poll with thirteen candidates. Pennington started every game this basketball season and was the leading scorer with 10.77 points per game to help her team to the State Semifinals. She shot 52.38% on field goals and averaged more than five rebounds, two steals, and two assists per game. She was also given an honorable mention on the All-Tulsa Basketball team. 

Pennington will continue her athletic career at Oklahoma State University on the softball team. In the fall fast pitch season she batted .543 with 57 hits, 45 runs, 38 RBI, and 10 home runs. She went undefeated on the mound for a 6-0 record with a 1.41 ERA, 1.135 WHIP, and 29 strikeouts. She gave up only 23 hits and 8 earned runs to aid her team to the State Semifinals.

Cheyenne Walden was also nominated for Girls Athlete of the Year and was named to the All-Tulsa Track Team. Walden concluded her high school career as a nine-time State Champion. She won 28 Cross Country meets with a 5K personal-record of 17:32 and four State titles. In Track she won 29 3200-meter runs, including three State titles and went undefeated for the past three seasons. Her 3200 PR is 10:45.43. She won twelve 1600-meter runs including two State titles, with a PR of 4:57.07. She will run at Oklahoma State University. 

Ashton Persons was named to the All-Tulsa Area Girls Golf Team. She won the Sand Springs Invitational this year and placed 19th at the OSSAA 6A State Tournament.

Carson Griggs was named to the All-Tulsa Area Boys Golf Team. A junior three-time State Qualifier, Griggs won three tournaments this season, including a Frontier Valley Conference title, and was the State Runner-Up by a two-stroke deficit.

Josh Cordell (P), Mack Thompson (SS), Hunter Greathouse (3B), Treyce Tolbert (OF), and Josh Taber (OF) were named to the All-Tulsa Area Baseball Team. 

Cordell pitched a 6-3 record this season with a 3.24 ERA, 1.309 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts. Thompson batted .352 with 43 hits, 34 runs, and 16 RBI. Greathouse batted .350 with 41 hits, 25 runs, 1 home run, and 31 RBI. He pitched a 4-6 record with a 4.37 ERA, 1.850 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts. Tobert batted .381 with 45 hits, 30 runs, 1 home run, 29 RBI, and 14 stolen bases. Taber batted .310 with 39 hits, 26 runs, 15 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. 

Cordell, Tolbert, and Thompson will play for Rose State College, while Greathouse will play for Cowley County Community College.

Jensen Arnold (P) made the All-Tulsa Area Slow-Pitch Softball Team. She batted .418 in the Spring Slow-Pitch season and pitched every game in the team's 11-13 season. 

Colt Savage made the All-Vype Basketball Second Team. Savage was the leading scorer on the team and the second-highest scorer in the entire Frontier Valley Conference with 22.48 points per game. 

Aden Baughman and Colton Washington were both named to the All-Tulsa Track Team. Baughman took first place in seven out of eight track meets in the 800 meter run, claiming his first State Championship with a personal-record 1:53.16. Washington won a Regional Championship in the Long Jump, placed seventh at the State Tournament, and set a PR of 22'01.00".

Longtime Sandite Coach/Athletic Director Cecil Hankins to be inducted into OBCA Hall of Fame

Cecil Hankins, 1953 Sand Springs High School yearbook.

Former Sand Springs Coach and Athletic Director Cecil Hankins will be inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association (OBCA) Hall of Fame Saturday, June 3rd. Hankins was previously inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Oklahoma State University Hall of Honor in 1996.

Hankins coached in Sand Springs for sixteen years, including basketball, football, track and field, baseball, and golf. He retired as Athletic Director in 1988 and passed away in 2002 at the age of 80. 

A Division I collegiate athlete, Hankins played for Oklahoma A&M University (now Oklahoma State University) in both football and basketball, under Jim Lookabaugh and Henry Iba respectively.

In football he played halfback and defensive back on the undefeated 1945 team that was recently declared the National Champions by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The AFCA has been working to declare national champions for the period between 1922 and 1949 before they began a rankings system.

1945 Oklahoma A&M National Champion team. Hankins can be seen in the second row from the top, four positions to the right of Head Coach Jim Lookabaugh. 

In the 1945 Sugar Bowl, Hankins received the go-ahead touchdown pass from Bob Fennimore and the Aggies went on to prevail 33-13 over St. Mary's. 

Hankins didn't live long enough to see his football team recognized as National Champions, but the 1945 Basketball team also won a National Title and he contributed 13 points per game that season. The 1945 season was the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance and first National Championship as the Aggies defeated New York 49-45 in front of 18,000 fans at Madison Square Garden to finish the season with a 27-4 record. Hankins scored 15 points in the Championship game.

After his collegiate career, Hankins played 25 games with the Boston Celtics and averaged 2.8 points per game for 70 career points. 

At Sand Springs he coached football from 1952-1954 and amassed a 15-10-4 record with a 1952 District Championship and playoff appearance. He coached future three-time MLB World Series Champion Jerry Adair as quarterback, who went on to play basketball at OSU under Iba. He coached basketball from 1948 through 1957. Sandite Pride is missing the 1948-1949 season record, but his final eight years Hankins went 144-59-1 and led his team to four-straight Verdigris Valley Conference Championships.

Hankins will be inducted along with Jack Begley, Ron Murphey, Robert Sprague, and Bailey Van Zant. Begley coached at Texhoma High, Clinton High, and Panhandle State. He won two State Championships at Clinton. Murphey coached at Felt and Texhoma and won one State Championship at Texhoma. Sprague coached at Daniel Webster, Nathan Hale, and Tulsa Memorial. Van Zant coached at Pond Creek and Pryor, started the basketball program at Seminole Junior College, then coached fourteen years in Texas.

CPHS Golf: Carson Griggs comes in Runner-Up at 6A State Tournament

Charles Page High School junior Carson Griggs made his third trip to the OSSAA 6A State Tournament this week and had his best performance yet, finishing Runner-Up by two strokes.

The two-day three-round tournament was held at the Golf Club of Edmond instead of Stillwater's Karsten Creek due to flooding at the usual host site.

Griggs played excellently all three rounds, but his best performance was on day one when he shot three strokes under par. His 67-stroke finish was the second-best performance of any golfer during any round. State Champion Austin Eckroat had the best single-round score at 66.

Griggs sat in second place after the first round, then shot a 71 in round two and dropped to third place at the end of day one behind Eckroat and Brock Polhill, both of Edmond North. On day two he made up for lost ground with the best performance of the day, shooting a 68. He jumped five strokes ahead of Polhill, but was still two short of Eckroat, who scored 68 in round two and 70 in round three. 

72 athletes competed at the event, with an average score of 241. Griggs finished with a total score of 206. Griggs previously tied for nineteenth place as a freshman and twentieth place as a sophomore with scores of 238 and 242 at Karsten Creek. Edmond North won their fifteenth State Championship as a team. The Huskies hold the record for most State Championships won by any school at any classification in Oklahoma.

CPHS Golf: Carson Griggs comes in runner-up at Bartlesville Bruin Invitational

The Charles Page High School Boys' Golf team traveled to the Bartlesville Bruin Invitational at Adams Golf Course last week. They were one member short of a full lineup and thus couldn't earn a team placement, but Carson Griggs took second place, Kyler Gaylor tied for 29th, and JT Bristow took 49th. 

Griggs was consistent through both halves of the two-round tournament, shooting 77 in round one and 76 in round two. With a total score of 153 on a par 144, Griggs tied Sapulpa's Daniel Reed for first place, but then lost in a playoff for the top medal. 

Gaylor had a tough first round with a score of 93, but followed it up with an 84 to finish at 177. Bristow shot a 216 with rounds of 109 and 107. 

Owasso took first place in the tournament with a team score of 652, followed by Bishop Kelley at 653. The home team came in third at 656, tailed by Sapulpa at 657.

The season wrapped up for Bristow and Gaylor Monday at the Regional Tournament in Owasso. Bristow shot a 224 with rounds of 114 and 110, and Gaylor shot a 164 with rounds of 79 and 85. Griggs scored a 152 with rounds of 80 and 72 to tie for sixth place. He will advance to the State Tournament at the Golf Club of Edmond next Monday and Tuesday. 

CPHS Golf: Griggs, Persons, and Kinard qualify for State Tournament

Ashton Persons (left) and Madison Kinard (right) both qualified for their first trip to the State Tournament. (Submitted).

The Charles Page High School golf teams qualified three individuals for the State Championship tournament this past week. Carson Griggs qualified for the boys while Ashton Persons and Madison Kinard qualified for the girls.

Griggs was the top qualifying individual with a score of 152 in a two-round par 144 tournament at Bailey Ranch Golf Course in Owasso. He shot eight large in round one while Kyler Gaylor was seven large. They went opposite directions on the second round, however, with Gaylor shooting an 85 to fall just short of qualifying while Griggs broke even. 

The Lady Sandites will compete at Ponca City Country Club Wednesday and Thursday while Griggs will play at The Golf Club of Edmond next Monday and Tuesday. 

Sandite of the Week: Carson Griggs wins third tournament this season

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Two-time junior State Qualifier Carson Griggs was selected as Sandite of the Week for his outstanding performances this season, culminating a Frontier Valley Conference title this past week.

Griggs got a head start on the rest of the conference, competing with the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour ever since the last season ended.

Last year Griggs tied for 20th place at the OSSAA 6A State Tournament and since then he has placed top-five in eight OJGT tournaments and was Runner-Up at the Bailey Ranch Bash in September. 

Last month Griggs competed at the Forest Ridge Spring Challenge and finished the two-round tournament in 157 strokes for fifth place, just six behind first-place finisher Fisher Vollendorf of Arkansas. He then competed at the Muskogee Country Club Spring Break Classic. 

Griggs finished day one in twelfth place, sitting eleven strokes over par and eleven strokes behind Carlos Gomez in first. The second round was a whole different story. He started off with a birdie on hole one, bogeyed three after that, then birdied hole eight to finish the front nine a single stroke over par. On the back nine he shot par for the first six holes before bogeying sixteen. He made up for it immediately after with a bird on seventeen, then shot par on eighteen to finish one large.

Not only was his 72 the best score of the day by a two-stroke margin, it was the second-best score for either day, behind the tournament champion who shot even on round one. He finished with a total score of 154 to tie for fourth place, six strokes behind the champion.

Griggs continued his success into the school year and has been tearing up course after course. He tied for eighth at the both the Jenks Invitational and the Bishop Kelley Invitational, both in a field of over a hundred competitors. Both times he was only six strokes behind the winner. 

His first win of the year came on his home turf, taking first place at the Canyons at Blackjack Ridge, shooting eight strokes under par at 63. In the past month he has also laid claim to victories at the 6A State Preview and the Frontier Valley Conference Championship. He shot two over par at Karsten Creek, where the State Championship will be held next month. He shot four under par at Indian Springs for the FVC title, a five stoke improvement over his prior performance there. 

Griggs will return to action Monday in the Regional Tournament at Bailey Ranch Golf Course in Owasso. The last time he competed at Bailey Ranch he tied for 48th place in an off performance with rounds of 81 and 91, but in the past he has shot as low as 70. With a two-straight win streak, he is in good shape good shape to vie for the Regional title.

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CPHS Golf: Sandites place 16th in off week at Bailey Ranch

The Charles Page High School Boys' Golf team had a rough time at last week's Owasso Invitational, placing sixteenth out of sixteen teams and 200 strokes behind the tournament champions from Edmond North.

Playing their first 36-hole tournament of the season at Bailey Ranch Golf Course, the Sandites shot 393 on day one and 405 on day two. They were also without Mikey Carper.

Carson Griggs tied for 48th out of 84 competitors with an overall score of 172. He shot 81 in the first round and was tied for 24th, but shot 91 in the second round and ended up 33 strokes behind Austin Eckroat, the Champion from Edmond North.

Kyler Gaylor shot a 91 and a 94 to finish tied for 67th place with 185 total strokes. Kasey Bales shot a 108 and a 107 to finish tied for 77th place with 215 total strokes. JT Bristow shot a pair of 113s to finish 82nd with a total score of 226.

The Sandites handily rebounded from their off week, however, finishing 12th of 19 Tuesday at LaFortune. Griggs placed eighth, Gaylor placed 23rd, Carper placed 76th, Bristow placed 77th, and Bales placed 85th out of 100 competitors.

SEE RELATED: Carson Griggs places 8th at Bishop Kelley Invitational, Sandites take 12th overall

The Sandites will return to action Monday in Broken Arrow for the Frontier Valley Conference Championship at Indian Springs Country Club.

Carson Griggs places 8th at Bishop Kelley Invitational, Sandites take 12th overall

The Charles Page High School Boys' Golf team competed in the Bishop Kelley Invitational Tuesday morning at Lafortune and took twelfth of nineteen teams with one top-ten finisher.

Carson Griggs led the Sandites with a score of 75, just six strokes behind the tournament champion, tying for eighth place. Not far behind him was Kyler Gaylor with 80 strokes to tie for 23rd place.

Mikey Carper took 76th place in 99 strokes, J.T. Bristow tied for 77th place in 100 strokes, and Kasey Bales tied for 85th place in 108 strokes. There were 100 total individuals in the tournament and only the top three finished below the 72-stroke par.

Holland Hall took first place in the tournament in 299 strokes, followed by Owasso with 303 and Sapulpa with 309. The Sandites combined for 354.

The Sandites will return to action Monday in Broken Arrow for the Frontier Valley Conference Championship at Indian Springs Country Club.

CPHS Golf: Boys and Girls place 17th at Jenks, Griggs places top-ten

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Golf teams recently kicked off their season at the Jenks Invitational with both the Boys' and Girls' teams placing seventeenth. Junior Carson Griggs had the lowest score on either team, tying for eighth place.

The boys played at Page Belcher Golf Course and shot 352 for seventeenth place in a field of twenty-three. The Sandites were 45 strokes behind Jenks in first place.

Griggs shot a 74 and was only six strokes behind Broken Arrow's Isaac Bullen in first place. Kyler Gaylor tied for 26th with a score of 82, JT Bristow tied for 83rd with a score of 94, Kasey Bales placed 97th with a score of 102, and Mikey Carper tied for 103rd with a score of 116. There were 109 total competitors in the event.

The girls' team played at South Lakes Golf Course and shot 417 for seventeenth place in a field of twenty teams. The ladies were 89 strokes behind Owasso in first place.

Ashton Persons shot a 95 to tie for 42nd place and was 22 behind Booker T. Washington's Alesia Gonzales in first place. Emily Charles tied for 70th with a score of 104, Madison Kinard tied for 74th with a score of 105, and Joelie Simmons placed 93rd with a score of 113. There were 108 total competitors in the event.