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 Soccer: Sandites' historic ten win streak ends in PK shootout with Norman

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The Charles Page High School boys’ soccer team (9-1, 2-1) suffered their first loss of the season Friday night in an overtime shootout against Norman (7-2, 1-2). The Sandites kicked off a ten-match win streak in the 2018 season finale and were undefeated for the first five weeks of the 2019 season in what could very likely be a record-setting run for the program.

It’s hard to say for certain that it hasn’t been done because historic records haven’t been properly kept in decades past. But since Sandite Pride News launched in 2014, their best record has been the 5-9 tally they reached in the past two consecutive seasons. Since then they haven’t won two district matches in a season till now.

The team that finally beat them is 16th in the United Soccer Coaches national rankings.

If the Sandites continue winning the way they have been, they could easily qualify for the State Tournament. Regardless of how the final three weeks shake out, this team has already left its mark as one of the most successful teams in program history.

On Tuesday the boys notched their ninth win of the season in an overtime shootout against Edmond Santa Fe (4-7, 1-2). Jack Bratcher notched the lone goal in regulation, and neither team scored in the two overtime periods. In the shootout Luke Jeffus, Fernando Saldana, David Fancher, and Cameron Summerton made penalty kicks to secure the win.

The team lost Saldana, their leading scorer, after he drew his third yellow card in nine games and was forced to sit out Friday.

The match went scoreless till the 67th minute of regulation when Sandite goalkeeper Ethan Tippit fouled Leyton Lawter and the Tigers were awarded a penalty kick. Jackson Kim put the visitors on the board and things looked bleak for the home team.

Kaleb Brooks came up clutch for the Sandites, netting his first goal of the season with only three minutes remaining. A yellow card was issued to a Norman player after Bratcher was fouled with six seconds left to play and Kaiden Cox took a free kick, but time ran out and the boys went to overtime for the second time this week.

Following two scoreless overtime periods and a hundred minutes of game time, the match came down to a penalty kick shootout. Sophomore Xander Quiroga took over at goalie for Sand Springs and University of North Carolina Asheville-commit Nate Holladay played defense for the Tigers.

Jeffus and Grady Wade made the first kick for each team, but Gustavo Saldana caught the top post on the second kick and Griffin Storm gave the Tigers the lead. Fancher got the Sandites back on track, Jackson Kim retaliated, then Summerton and Ted Foster missed wide.

Trailing 3-2, it came down to Bratcher. The standout sophomore was right on target, but Holladay made the save to knock off one of only two undefeated teams remaining in Class 6A. The only remaining undefeated is nationally-ranked No. 5 Jenks (7-0).

The Lady Sandites (5-6, 0-3) suffered their fourth-straight shutout loss and are still looking for their first district win. Since defeating East Central 6-0 in mid-March, the girls have fallen 0-2 to Enid, 0-7 to Sapulpa, 0-2 to Edmond Santa Fe, and 0-4 to Norman.

Sophomore forward Brooke Goodman scored the first two goals for Norman, putting the Tigers on the board in the 11th minute and notching a brace just 80 seconds later. Aly Burkhart made a penalty kick six minutes into the second half and Megan Jones scored a header in the 67th minute. Despite the loss, sophomore goalie Ali Day was exception with numerous saves against the potent Tiger offense.

Sand Springs Soccer will return to action Tuesday with a district trip to Shawnee. Norman will travel to Edmond Santa Fe on Tuesday. Girls will play at 6:00 p.m. followed by boys at 8:00 p.m.

OSSAA District 6A-4 Girls Standings
3-0 Owasso (10-1)
3-0 Sapulpa (10-1)
2-1 Norman (5-5)
2-1 Edmond Santa Fe (3-5)
1-2 Union (2-4)
0-2 Shawnee (3-5)
0-2 Capitol Hill (3-5)
0-3 Sand Springs (5-6)

OSSAA District 6A-4 Boys Standings
3-0 Owasso (7-4)
3-0 Union (5-1)
2-1 Sand Springs (9-1)
1-2 Edmond Santa Fe (4-7)
1-2 Norman (7-2)
1-2 Sapulpa (5-6)
1-2 Capitol Hill (4-6)
0-3 Shawnee (8-3)

CPHS Boys Stats

Goals
7 Fernando Saldana
4 Jeffus
4 Bratcher
4 Gustavo Saldana
1 Munoz
1 Cox
1 Esparza
1 Franco
1 Quinton
1 Brooks

PKs
3 Fancher
2 Fernando Saldana
2 Jeffus
2 Gustavo Saldana
1 Cox
1 Summerton

Total Scoring
9 Fernando Saldana
6 Gustavo Saldana
6 Jeffus
4 Bratcher
3 Fancher
2 Cox
1 Munoz
1 Esparza
1 Franco
1 Quinton
1 Summerton
1 Brooks

CPHS Girls Stats

Goals
6 Horn
3 Esparza
3 Metcalfe
2 Lynch
1 Watts
1 DeShazo
1 Patton
1 Burgess
1 Horton
1 Lee
1 Slankard
1 Poletek

PKs
3 Horn
2 Lynch
1 Watts
1 Gelsthorpe
1 DeShazo

Total Scoring
9 Horn
4 Lynch
3 Esparza
3 Metcalfe
2 Watts
2 DeShazo
1 Gelsthorpe
1 Patton
1 Burgess
1 Horton
1 Lee
1 Slankard
1 Poletek

CPHS Soccer: Undefeated boys best Sapulpa 5-1 on Senior Night, girls fall 7-0

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The Charles Page High School boys’ soccer team (8-0, 1-0) won its ninth-straight match and first district match of the season Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. They prevailed 5-1 against their Highway 97 rivals from Sapulpa (1-5, 0-1) on Senior Night.

Senior forward Dawson Quinton scored his first goal of the season seven minutes into the match, but things slowed down from there and the Sandites only led 1-0 at the half.

 Things opened up in the second period and the home team had numerous shots on goal. Luke Jeffus got a free kick on a Chieftain handball. His first shot hit the back of a Chieftain defender and came right back to him. The second shot was deflected by the goalie, but Jack Bratcher knocked it in for the 2-0 advantage.

Gustavo Saldana deflected a shot in off the goal post and Fernando Saldana scored in the 59th minute with an assist from Kaleb Brooks. Nic Fulmer averted the shutout, receiving a corner kick from TJ Hale for the lone Chieftain goal with ten minute remaining in the match. Gustavo Saldana took a corner kick and Jeffus knocked in a header for the final goal in the 74th minute.

 The Sapulpa girls (5-1, 1-0) bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 7-0 shutout of Sand Springs (5-3, 0-1).

The visitors jumped out to a quick lead, with Kalyn Anderson scoring a header in the 8th minute. Sara Arundell scored a long shot from thirty yards out in the 10th minute, then Abby Graham scored on an assist from Addyson Hoey four minutes later.

Ali Day snagged four remarkable saves late in the first half, but Arundell notched a brace in the 24th minute to take a 4-0 lead into the locker room.

Anderson kicked her second goal of the night just five minutes into the second half, and Abby Graham got on the scoreboard in the 59th minute. Arundell made it a hat trick on a free kick with nine minutes to play. Day recorded four more saves in the second half.

Sand Springs Soccer will return to action Tuesday, April 2nd in a district road game at Edmond Santa Fe. The Santa Fe girls are 1-4, 1-0 while the boys are 4-4, 1-0.

Between matches the Sandites celebrated seventeen seniors.

Ali Carlisle is the daughter of Dean and Jean Carlisle and has been on the team for two years. She is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) and plans to become a registered nurse. Her favorite soccer memory is the bus rides.

Amrey Lee is the daughter of Tammy and David Carter and has been a varsity player for four years. She is a member of NHS and plans to pursue a degree in nursing from Tulsa Community College (TCC) before attending the University of Oklahoma (OU) to become a trauma doctor. Her favorite soccer memory is “The Tripod.”

Cherysh Meyers is the daughter of Brandee Holland and Samson Meyers. She has been a member of Sandite Soccer for two years. After graduating she plans to attend TCC and Oral Roberts University with the goal of working in Sports Management. Her favorite soccer memory is the excitement of winning in PKs against Coweta.

Brynlee Slankard is the daughter of Rachael Denton and Todd Slankard. She has been on the team for three years and also participates in NHS. After graduation she plans to attend TCC and OU Medical. Her favorite soccer memory is when Morgan Poletek tripped over a mini soccer goal at practice and missed her shot.

Daniela Solis is the daughter of Jose and Olga Solis. She has been on the team for three years, and she also plays basketball and participates in NHS. After graduation she plans to study psychology in college. Her favorite soccer memory is any memory with her team.

Elizabeth Watts is the daughter of Tim and Rachael Watts. She has been on the team for one year. She also runs Track and Cross Country and competes on the Academic Team. In college she plans to major in Environmental Engineering. Her favorite soccer memory is getting to know and spending time with her wonderful teammates.

Kaleb Brooks is the son of Heather Lancaster and Leonard Brooks. He has been on the team for four years and also plays basketball. After graduating he plans to go to college and start his own business. His favorite soccer memory is “chipping Sapulpa’s keeper sophomore year.”

Weslee Calhoun is the son of Angela and Ronnie Calhoun. He has been on the team for four years. After graduation he plans to study Kinesiology at the University of Central Oklahoma. His favorite soccer memory is “scoring a volley from outside the 18 against Memorial.”

Kaiden Cox is the son of Amy and Ryan Cooke. He has been on the team for four years. After graduating he plans to travel the world, attend college, and have a family. His favorite soccer memory is the long bus rides.

Gustavo Franco is the son of Lazaro Franco and Elizabeth Chaires. He has been on the team for four years. After graduating he plans to travel the world and meet new people. His favorite soccer memory is when he scored his first two varsity goals.

Braden Hart is the son of Charles Hart and Kara Hart. He has been on the team for four years and also participates in NHS. After graduating he plans to study Nursing and Pre-Med at the University of Tulsa. His favorite soccer memory is blocking several goals against Union last year.

Santiago Martines is the son of Veronica Rodriguez. He has been on the team for two years and plans to attend college after graduating. His favorite soccer memory is his first varsity game.

Aaron McKnight is the son of Jeff and Cindy McKnight. He has been on the team for four years and is also a member of NHS. After graduating he plans to study Architectural Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His favorite soccer memory is “scoring a header off a cross against Shawnee last year.”

Josh Pride is the son of Eric and Angela Pride. He has been on the team for four years. After graduating he plans to attend Tulsa Tech and to become a firefighter. His favorite soccer memory is playing in the Stillwater Tournament two years ago.

Dawson Quinton is the son of Gina and Damon Quinton. He has been on the team for four years. After graduating he plans to go to college and become an athletic trainer. His favorite soccer memory is “the Stillwater Tournament sophomore year.”

Gustavo Saldana is the son of Gustavo and Estella Saldana. He has been on the team for four years. After graduating he plans to play collegiate soccer and start his own business. His favorite soccer memory is winning in FIFA before game days and scoring a bicycle kick in the Stillwater tournament.

Ethan Tippit is the son of Eric and Brandi Tippit. He has been on the team for four years, and also plays soccer with the West Side Alliance. After graduating he plans to play collegiate soccer and go into Chemical or Mechanical Engineering. His favorite soccer memory is beating Enid in PKs after trailing by two.

Sandite Season Scoring

Goals
7 Fernando Saldana
4 Luke Jeffus
4 Gustavo Saldana
3 Jack Bratcher
1 Miguez Munoz
1 Kaiden Cox
1 Angel Esparza
1 Gustavo Franco
1 Dawson Quinton

PKs
2 Gustavo Saldana
1 Fernando Saldana 
1 Kaiden Cox
1 David Fancher

Total Scoring
8 Fernando Saldana
6 Gustavo Saldana
4 Luke Jeffus
3 Jack Bratcher
2 Kaiden Cox
1 Miguel Munoz
1 Angel Esparza
1 Gustavo Franco
1 David Fancher
1 Dawson Quinton

Lady Sandite Season Scoring

Goals
6 Elizabeth Horn
3 Ari Esparza
3 Baylee Metcalfe
2 Karsen Lynch
1 Elizabeth Watts
1 Demi DeShazo
1 Jade Patton
1 Kasandra Burgess
1 Kaslynn Horton
1 Amrey Lee
1 Brynlee Slankard
1 Morgan Poletek

PKs
3 Elizabeth Horn
2 Karsen Lynch
1 Elizabeth Watts
1 Josie Gelsthorpe
1 Demi DeShazo

Total Scoring
9 Elizabeth Horn
4 Karsen Lynch
3 Ari Esparza
3 Baylee Metcalfe
2 Elizabeth Watts
2 Demi DeShazo
1 Josie Gelsthorpe
1 Jade Patton
1 Kasandra Burgess
1 Kaslynn Horton
1 Amrey Lee
1 Brynlee Slankard
1 Morgan Poletek

CPHS Soccer: Sandites start season 2-0, Saldana and Franco score braces

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The Charles Page High School boys’ soccer team is 2-0 to start the season, and has yet to surrender a goal. The Sandites pummeled Coweta 8-0 in their season debut, and defeated Tahlequah 4-0 in a sub-freezing home opener.

Jack Bratcher, Miguel Munoz, Kaiden Cox, Gustavo Saldana, and Angel Esparza scored one goal apiece Friday against Coweta (0-2) and Gustavo Franco had a brace. They also benefited from an own-goal by the Tigers.

On Friday the boys took a 3-0 lead in the first half against Tahlequah (1-1) but slowed down in the second. Gustavo Saldana scored the first goal just five minutes into the match and Fernando Saldana scored on a header ten minutes later.

Cox, Luke Jeffus, Kaleb Brooks, and Jack Bratcher all had close shots on goal in the first half, and Jeffus put his team up 3-0 in the 36th minute. Fernando Saldana scored his second goal in the 50th minute and the teams remained scoreless for the last half hour of regulation.

The Sandites will travel to East Central (2-0) Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

The JV boys are 1-0-1, beating Coweta 4-0 and going scoreless for a 0-0 tie against Tahlequah.

CPHS Soccer: Sandites top Capitol Hill 2-0 in final match of the year

Julia Wolf led all Sandites this season with eight goals.

Julia Wolf led all Sandites this season with eight goals.

The Charles Page High School varsity soccer teams ended their season Thursday night at Memorial Stadium, hosting Capitol Hill High School from Oklahoma City. The girls' fell 1-0 and ended the year with a 7-7 record while the boys won 2-0 to finish the season 5-9.

Senior forward Jacqueline Martinez scored the lone goal for Capitol Hill in the 36th minute of the match. Neither team scored in the second half and the visitors prevailed 1-0. 

Sophomore Jaden Weiser was the star for the Sandites, playing aggressive throughout the night. His first goal was called offside and Aaron McKnight got the Sandites on the board with only 56 seconds left in the first half. Weiser finally got in the score book just two minutes into the second half, and took several other fantastic shots throughout the remainder of the match. 

Freshman standout Jack Bratcher led all Sandites this season with six goals, followed by Luke Jeffus with five and Weiser with four. McKnight, Weslee Calhoun, and Fernando Saldana scored two goals apiece and Caleb Brooks notched one. 

Sophomore Julia Wolf led the Lady Sandites this year with eight goals, followed by Morgan Poletek with six. Brynlee Slankard, Ari Esparza, Emma Peak, Kylie Taylor, Katie Daniels, Libby Colson, and Jewelia Lahmeyer scored one apiece. 

Sand Springs Soccer will graduate six seniors this season. The girls will lose Lahmeyer, Taylor, Kayla Shuffield, Megan Lambert, and goalkeeper Abigail Banks. The boys will graduate Dylan "Thunder" Hart. Banks will continue her soccer career at Oklahoma City University. 

SEE RELATED: Sand Springs Soccer celebrates six on Senior Night

District 6A-4 Girls Standings - FINAL
7-0 Norman (14-1)
6-1 Union (8-2)
5-2 Owasso (9-4)
4-3 Sapulpa (10-5)
3-4 Edmond Santa Fe (4-9)
2-5 Capitol Hill (7-8)
1-6 Sand Springs (7-7)
0-7 Shawnee (5-10)

District 6A-4 Boys Standings - FINAL
7-0 Union (14-0)
5-2 Edmond Santa Fe (9-5)
4-3 Norman (6-9)
4-3 Owasso (9-4)
4-3 Sapulpa (10-5)
2-5 Capitol Hill (6-10)
1-6 Shawnee (8-7)
1-6 Sand Springs (5-9)

Sand Springs Soccer celebrates six on Senior Night

The Charles Page High School soccer program celebrated six seniors at their Tuesday night matches against Shawnee. The Class of 2018 will graduate five girls and one boy.

Kayla Shuffield is the daughter of Amber Potter and Jorge and April Berumen. She has been a member of the girls' soccer team for one year. After graduation she plans to attend Oklahoma State University and eventually John Hopkins to study medical surgery.

Jewelia Lahmeyer is the daughter of Matt and Crystal Lahmeyer. She has been a member of the girls' soccer team for three years. After graduation Jewelia plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma to study biology, then will attend medical school at the University of Oklahoma.

Kylie Taylor is the daughter of Kristy and Andy Duncan. She has been a member of the girls' soccer team for four years. After graduation she plans to attend Labette Community College to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Megan Lambert is the daughter of Robert and Jennifer Lambert. She has been a member of the girls' soccer team for three years. After graduation she plans to attend Tulsa Community College and then to major in physical therapy at Oklahoma State University.

Abigail Banks is the daughter of Justin and Shanna Banks. She has been a member of the girls' soccer team for four years. After graduation she plans to play collegiate soccer at Oklahoma City University, where she will study political science and philosophy while pursuing a law degree. 

Dylan "Thunder" Hart is the son of Chuck and Kara Hart. He has been a member of the boys' soccer team for two years. A National Merit Scholar, Hart plans to attend the University of Tulsa who has awarded him their Presidential Scholarship. 

The girls' soccer team is 7-3 overall and 1-2 in district action this season. The boys are 4-6, 0-3. Sand Springs Soccer has four matches left before the playoffs. They will travel to Union High School Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and will play at home next Tuesday against Owasso. 

CPHS Soccer: Sandites split with Shawnee, Girls win 1-0

Brynlee Slankard scored her first goal of the season in a 1-0 district victory against Shawnee. 

Brynlee Slankard scored her first goal of the season in a 1-0 district victory against Shawnee. 

The Charles Page High School girls' soccer team (7-3, 1-2) picked up their first district win of the season Tuesday evening at Memorial Stadium. 

After a scoreless first half, Brynlee Slankard made the lone goal in a 1-0 victory against Shawnee (5-6, 0-3). She scored in the 64th minute and nearly added another with three minutes left, missing the goalie but barely catching the post. 

Hailey Satterfield and Amanda Harris were aggressive for the Lady Wolves, but Oklahoma City University-signed goalie Abigail Banks notched several saves for the shutout. 

The boys' game was a high-scoring affair, but the Wolves (8-3, 1-2) recorded their first district win in come-from-behind fashion 5-4 over the Sandites (4-6, 0-3).

Kossi Kodoe scored six minutes into the match to draw first blood for Shawnee, but Weslee Calhoun tied it up with an assist from Luke Jeffus at 23:28. Jaden Weiser put back a shot from Jack Bratcher for the lead at 27:55, then Bratcher made a goal of his own at 33:05.

Lucas Gunn scored just fourteen seconds after Bratcher's goal and the Wolves trailed 3-2 at half time.

Tommy Leach tied it up less than three minutes into the second half. Aaron McKnight regained the Sandite advantage with a header at 53:27, but Tim Guptill tied it again with a free kick at 63:33 and Gunn notched a brace with twelve minutes remaining.

Sand Springs Soccer will take to the road on Friday at Union High School. The Union boys are undefeated at 11-0 overall and 4-0 in districts. The Union girls (5-2, 3-1) will kick things off at 6:00 p.m. and the boys will play at 8:00 p.m. 

Shawnee will host Sapulpa Friday. The Chieftain boys are 8-4, 2-2, and the girls are 9-3, 3-1. 

Sandite of the Week: Julia Wolf scores hat trick in 4-0 shutout

Charles Page High School sophomore forward Julia Wolf had the best Sandite Soccer performance of the season last week, scoring a hat trick against Nathan Hale (0-4) in a 4-0 non-district match. Libby Colson added the fourth goal for the Lady Sandites' second shutout of the season. 

Wolf leads her team in scoring this season with five goals, despite missing a game and a half due to an injury. Wolf scored two goals in a season-opening 6-0 shutout against East Central, and is the only player to score more than two goals in a single match this year. 

Sand Springs is 3-1 this year and will kick off district action Tuesday in a Highway 97 Rivalry match at Sapulpa (3-2). 

CPHS Soccer: Sandites sweep Tulsa Memorial, girls remain undefeated

Sophomore Julia Wolf went down with a leg injury thirty minutes into the match against Tulsa Memorial. 

Sophomore Julia Wolf went down with a leg injury thirty minutes into the match against Tulsa Memorial. 

The Charles Page High School soccer teams hosted Tulsa Memorial High School Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium for a pair of non-district matches. The Lady Sandites (2-0) defeated Memorial (1-2) in overtime penalty kicks and the Sandite boys (1-1) notched their first win of the season over the winless Chargers (0-2).

The girls game was a slow starter as neither team scored till the last fifteen minutes of the match. Carson Hazel scored the first goal of the night for Memorial at 65:04, then Morgan Poletek tied it up at 73:43. Sandite freshman goalie Alison Day averted the loss with a leaping save at 78:40 and regulation ended in a tie.

As a non-district match, the game skipped the overtime period and went straight to penalty kicks. Hazel and Brynlee Slankard made the first two kicks, but Kat Henson went high and missed the goal completely. 

Ari Esparza gave Sand Springs the edge, and neither team missed again. Daniela Marrufo, Daisha Hammons, and Hannah Hubler scored for the Chargers while Poletek, Demi Deshazo, and Emma Peak scored for the Sandites.

The boys' team got off to a quick start with a goal from Jack Bratcher at 1:05, but the Chargers tied it up at 4:32 thanks to Alejandro Chavez. Weslee Calhoun put the home team back out front at 33:02 and the Sandites took the edge into the locker room. 

Chavez tied it up at 42:40 but this time Luke Jeffus reclaimed the lead with his third goal of the season at 42:55. Bratcher book-ended the evening with a game-clinching goal at 79:15.

The Lady Sandites will return to action Tuesday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m. against Edison Preparatory School (0-1). The boys' team will compete Friday, March 9th at the Edison Green and White Tournament with a first-round match against Northwest Classen (1-0) at 1:15 p.m. They will play again at 6:30 p.m. if they lose or at 8:15 with a win, against either Edison (1-0) or Ft. Smith Southside (0-3). 

Sand Springs Soccer Complex renamed in honor of late Roger S. Bush

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With the completion of the Case Community Park remodel, the former Inez Kirk Soccer Complex received a face-lift, a few additions, and a new name to go with them.

While Inez Kirk was a beloved City Manager in Sand Springs, she had no direct ties to the soccer subculture of the town. Her name will now be attached to a more fitting monument in the City Garden Park across the street from the Sand Springs Municipal Building. 

The soccer facilities will be renamed as the Roger S. Bush Soccer Complex in honor of one of the founding members of the Sand Springs Soccer Club. Bush passed away in September of 2016 at the age of 69.

"This request by the Club was granted in memorial honor of one of the Board members that helped bring this club into existence," said SSSC President Jeremy Herrington.

"Roger S. Bush's influence and legacy continues on today through his children: Roger P. Bush, West Side Alliance Director of Coaching and Head Women's Coach at Oral Roberts University; Catherine (Bush) Grona, SSSC/WSA Youth Development Director; Ryan Bush, WSA Assistant Director of Coaching and Head Men's Coach at Oral Roberts University; and Cherlyn (Bush) Cunningham. The Bush family's soccer legacy has now entered its third generation, and we felt it only fitting that this complex be named in his honor; a name that means something special to our Soccer Community and our Sand Springs Community."

The Soccer facilities received new fields and a paved parking lot as part of Case Community Park's $6 million renovation. Brand new state-of-the-art playgrounds have also been installed next to the Soccer Complex concession stand. 

The park has remained open throughout its remodel, but will celebrate the official re-opening with an all-day festival Saturday, September 9th. 

College Report: Sandites receiving college offers/currently in college

Holly Kersgieter in a Regional playoff game against Union. (Scott Emigh).

Holly Kersgieter in a Regional playoff game against Union. (Scott Emigh).

Class of 2019

Jacie Taber recently committed to play softball for the University of Northern Iowa. Taber batted .296 in the 2016 fast-pitch season, with 19 runs, 34 hits, one home run, and 21 RBI. On the mound she amassed a 6-1 record with a 1.78 ERA and 1.186 WHIP. The Panthers are an NCAA Division I team in the MIssouri Valley Conference, coming off a 33-19 season.

5'10" guard Holly Kersgieter is getting Division I attention following the Lady Sandites' State Tournament appearance and Frontier Valley Conference title last year. Kersgieter averaged 10.4 points per game last season and was named the Frontier Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She has received offers from...

  • Oklahoma State University Cowgirls, Stillwater (NCAA Division I, Big 12 Conference, 17-15 last season).

  • Missouri State University Bears, Springfield (NCAA Division I, Missouri Valley Conference, 16-15 last season).

  • Austin Peay State University Governors, Clarksville, Tennessee (NCAA Division I, Ohio Valley Conference, 14-16 last season).

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos (NCAA Division I, Western Athletic Conference, 10-19 last season).

  • University of Tulsa Hurricane (NCAA Division I, American Athletic Conference, 10-21 last season).

  • University of Kansas Jayhawks, Lawrence (NCAA Division I, Big 12 Conference, 8-22 last season).

5'8" small forward Destiny Johnson has received two offers in response to her impressive season with the Lady Sandites. Johnson averaged 8.15 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2 steals per game. She has received offers from...

  • Pittsburg State University Gorillas, Kansas (NCAA Division II, Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association, 25-6 last season).

  • University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, Edmond (NCAA Division II, Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association, 25-8 last season).

Class of 2018

6'5" guard Colt Savage has been fending off college offers left and right this summer. The junior finished last season with a 48.7% field goal percentage and 83.6% free throw percentage, averaging 22.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He has received offers from...

  • Rogers State University Hillcats, Claremore, Oklahoma (NCAA Division II, Heartland Conference, 19-10 last season).

  • University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, Edmond (NCAA Division II, MIAA Conference, 17-12 last season).

  • Cameron University Aggies, Lawton, Oklahoma (NCAA Division II, Lone Star Conference, 17-12 last season).

  • Oklahoma Baptist University Bison, Shawnee (NCAA Division II, Great American Conference, 7-19 last season).

  • Missouri Western State University Griffons, Saint Joseph (NCAA Division II, MIAA Conference, 7-21 last season).

Gloria Mutiri is already committed to Ohio State University for volleyball. Mutiri averaged 4.8 kills per set last year and committed mid-season. Ohio State went 22-13 last year and finished seventh in the Big 10.

Running back Payton Scott received an offer to play football for Pittsburg State University this summer. Scott has a career record of 503 carries for 2930 yards and 30 touchdowns. The Gorillas are coming off a 7-4 season in NCAA Division II, placing fifth in the MIAA.

Class of 2017

Alexis Davis will run Track and Cross Country for Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Primarily a distance runner, she was a top-ten finisher at every 3200 meter run this past track season. SWOSU finished third in the Great American Conference last fall and 24th at the NCAA Division II Central Region Championships.

Nine-time State Champion Cheyenne Walden will take her talent to the Oklahoma State University Cross Country and Track teams. Walden is the most decorated (OSSAA) athlete in Sand Springs history with five gold medals on the track and four in cross country. The Cowgirls finished last season second in the Big 12 and 17th in the NCAA.

Megan Deshazo is headed to Tonkawa to play for Northern Oklahoma College. Deshazo was the leading scorer on the 2016 team with 13 goals. The Mavericks went 18-2-1 last season.

Kendal Zicker is signed to play for Northeastern State University this fall. She scored four goals for the Sandites last season. The RiverHawks went 13-5-1 for a fourth-place finish in the MIAA standings.

Brooklyn Turner is signed to play for Redlands Community College in their inaugural season this fall. 

Alex Hernandez and Ignacio Garcia are signed to play soccer for Oklahoma Wesleyan University this fall. Hernandez scored two goals for the Sandites last season while Garcia had seven. Wesleyan went 19-1-2 last year and were undefeated in the KCAC. 

Lee Leslie is signed to play volleyball for Oklahoma Wesleyan. Leslie was fourth on her team in kills and third in assists last season. The Eagles went 19-11 last year and were fourth in conference.

Lincoln Adams and Dalton Morgan are both signed to play football for Oklahoma Baptist University this fall. Morgan spent most of his career on defense, racking up 93 tackles and two fumble recoveries. During his senior season he picked up running back duties and rushed 42 times for 247 yards and a touchdown, plus nine receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Adams, a 6'4" 310-pound offensive lineman, was a regular starter and powerful blocker, opening up holes for one of the top running teams in the state. The Bison are coming off a 2-9 season and tenth place finish in the Great American Conference.

Delvin Jordan is signed to play football for Pittsburg State University. He finished his high school career with 310 tackles, 31 sacks, two interceptions, seven fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks, and one safety. The Gorillas are coming off a 7-4 season in NCAA Division II, placing fifth in the MIAA.

Danny Ropp is signed to play football for Ohio Northern University. Primarily an offensive lineman, he still managed to rack up 90 tackles over his early career. The Polar Bears went 5-5 last season in the NCAA Division III, finishing fourth in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Four-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix is signed to wrestle for Oklahoma State University this winter, and recently won the Junior Freestyle World Championship in Finland. The Cowboys are coming off a 14-1 season with a Big 12 Championship and third-place finish at the NCAA Division I Tournament. 

Three-time State Qualifier Zane Basma finished his high school career with a 88-30 record and is signed to wrestle for the UCO Bronchos this winter. The Bronchos finished last year with an undefeated 18-0 dual record, placing second in the MIAA and 18th in the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Two-time State Qualifier Michael Ritchey finished his high school career with a 65-36 record and is headed to Saint Mary for their inaugural wrestling season in the NAIA. 

Kyle Keener will play basketball for the UCO Bronchos. The All-State player shot 60.9% on field goals and 72.8% on free throws his senior year, averaging 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Kierra McGee is headed to Redlands Community College for basketball. Last year she averaged 8.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. The Cougars went 17-12 in the NJCAA.

Pitcher Jake Terry is headed to the University of Oklahoma after sitting out his senior year to recover from Tommy John surgery. During his junior year he amassed a 5-4 record, 3.88 ERA, and 2.06 WHIP. The Sooners went 35-24 last season and finished third in the Big 12.

Hunter Greathouse will play baseball for Cowley County Community College this coming season. The Sandite batted .350 his senior season with 25 runs, 41 hits, one dinger, and 31 RBI. He went 4-6 on the mound with a 4.38 ERA and 1.85 WHIP. The Tigers were 45-18 this past season and went 2-2 in the NJCAA World Series. 

Treyce Tolbert, Mack Thompson, and Josh Cordell are all three headed to Rose State College for baseball. The Raiders went 20-34 last season and are looking for their first winning record since 2013. Cordell went 6-3 on the mound last year with a 3.24 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Thompson was .352 at the plate with 34 runs, 43 hits, and 16 RBI. Tolbert batted .381 with 30 runs, 45 hits, 29 RBI, and one homer. 

Sydney Pennington will play for the Oklahoma State University softball team that went 38-25 last season, placing third in the Big 12. Pennington batted .543 her senior year with 45 runs, 57 hits, 10 homers, and 38 RBI. On the mound she amassed a 6-0 record with a 1.41 ERA and 1.135 WHIP. 

Jessica Collins is headed to Connors State College for softball. Collins batted .316 her senior season with 36 hits, 39 runs, and 22 RBI. The Cowgirls finished the past season with a winning 38-14 record in the NJCAA.

Class of 2016

Jacob Taber is gearing up for his first collegiate football season at Fort Hays State after redshirting his freshman year. During his senior year he recorded 87 tackles, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. The Tigers went 8-4 in the NCAA Division II, finishing fourth in the MIAA. 

Trace Fleischman is headed into his sophomore year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. The Golden Norsemen finished the 2016 season 5-5 in the NJCAA, fifth in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.

Madison Dye is entering her sophomore season the Northeastern State University soccer team. Last year she played in fifteen matches with three starts and 391 minutes of game time. 

Brooklyn Eardley will be a sophomore on the Oral Roberts University soccer team. She started 18 games as a true freshman, scoring two points and two assists, helping her team to an 11-9-2 record. She was named to the Summit League All-Freshman Team. The Golden Eagles finished third in the NCAA Division I Summit League.

Stella Millican will be a sophomore at Mid-American Christian University. The Evangel Softball team went 17-37 last season. Millican played eighteen games and picked up sixteen at-bats. She batted .063 with one hit, two runs, and one RBI.

Jessica Schuler batted .208 as a freshman at NSU, recording 10 hits, 6 runs, 13 RBI, and three homers for the RiverHawks. The team went 23-28 overall for a tenth-place finish in the MIAA standings.

Kennedy "Goose" Salyers pitched three innings at Southeastern Oklahoma State University last season. She batted .251 on 175 at-bats with 24 runs, 44 hits, and 14 RBI. The Savage Storm went 18-34 in NCAA Division II and finished last in the Great American Conference.

Rhett Rutledge played 38 games last year for Northern Oklahoma College , batting .299 with 26 runs, 26 hits, two homers, and 13 RBI. The Mavericks went 32-25 in NJCAA Division II.

Class of 2015

Mariah Knight is on the Pom team at OBU. Last year she made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll with a 3.00 GPA or higher.

Morgan Long is headed into her third season on the University of Oklahoma Cross Country team. Last year she placed 18th overall in the 5K at the Ken Garland Invitational. The Sooners finished fourth in the Big 12 and seventh in the NCAA Midwest Regionals last year.

Cody Karstetter is back at the University of Oklahoma for a second season of Sooner wrestling. He went 6-3 at North Carolina as a freshman, then went 1-2 last year at OU before a season-ending dislocated shoulder. The Sooners went 11-6 in the dual season, then placed second in the Big 12 and 32nd in the NCAA.

Cody Randall and Caleb Basma are headed into another year of wrestling at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Randall finished last year 13-11 while Basma went 23-15. The Golden Norsemen went 14-1 in the dual season before placing third at the NJCAA National Championship.

Kyler Childers is slated to compete for Oklahoma Wesleyan University in their first-ever season of men's wrestling. Childers was a three-time State Qualifier for the Sandites, finishing his senior season with a 29-8 record for third place at the OSSAA 6A Tournament. 

Class of 2014

After redshirting his freshman year Tre Betts has played every game for the past two seasons at Missouri State University. He recorded 41 tackles, two interceptions, and a 44-yard interception return in 2015 then added twelve more tackles last season. The Bears are 5-17 under third year Head Coach Dave Steckel and are coming off a 4-7 season in NCAA Division I. They're looking for their first winning season since 2009.

Redshirt junior Isaiah Silversmith is entering his third season at Northeastern State University. In 2015 he played all eleven games and recorded eleven tackles. Last year he played two games and posted two tackles as the RiverHawks went 2-9 for an eleventh-place finish in the MIAA.

Senior Jacob Sigmon played nine games last year for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders, receiving 25 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown. The Moundbuilders are coming off a 2-8 season in the NAIA and an eighth-place finish in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. 

Alan Armstrong is entering his senior season on the Southern Nazarene University soccer team. He has played in every game for the past three seasons. Last season he tied for second in scoring with four goals, bringing his career total to six. The Crimson Storm is coming off a 2-15-2 record in NCAA Division II, with a fourth-place finish in the Great American Conference.

Mallory Goodman, née Collins, is back for a third season with the OSU Cowgirls. The Sandite batted .273 as a freshman, starting 33 times, before taking a year off. Returning to the diamond last year, she batted .063 on sixteen at-bats. 

Class of 2012

Cody Tolbert is in his senior year at Southern Nazarene University. Last year he went 1-3 on the mound with ten strikeouts over nineteen innings pitched. The Crimson Storm went 7-40 in NCAA Division II, finishing last in the Great American Conference.


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CPHS Soccer splits with Sapulpa, Boys win Highway 97 Rivalry 5-0

Oklahoma Wesleyan-signed senior Ignacio Garcia scored two goals in a 5-0 victory against Sapulpa. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Oklahoma Wesleyan-signed senior Ignacio Garcia scored two goals in a 5-0 victory against Sapulpa. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Boys' Soccer
CPHS 5 SHS 0. 
Shots: 
CPHS 20, SHS 10.
On Goal: CPHS 9, SHS 5.
Corners: CPHS 5, SHS 1.
Saves: CPHS 5, SHS 5.

Girls' Soccer
SHS 2 CPHS 0
Shots: 
CPHS 17, SHS 16.
On Goal: SHS 7, CPHS 4.
Corners: SHS 2, CPHS 1.
Saves: SHS 4, CPHS 3.

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page High School played host to its biggest rival in a district battle Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium. The Lady Sandites fell 2-0 to the Lady Chieftains, but the boys dominated Sapulpa 5-0 for their biggest win of the season. 

The Sandites (5-7 overall, 1-4 district) notched their first district win with an exclamation mark, steamrolling their biggest rivals (3-9, 0-5).

Senior midfielder Logan Jeffus scored his fifth goal of the season to draw first blood in the 18th minute, and the Sandites took a 1-0 lead into the half. 

Edgar Soberano got the start at goalie and notched four saves in the first half before coming out with an injury. He was replaced by sophomore Ethan Tippit.

The Sandites came out pumped up after halftime and struck paydirt in the 55th minute with a penalty kick from Oklahoma Wesleyan University-signed senior Ignacio Garcia. Just three minutes later, sophomore Kaleb Brooks scored his first goal of the season. 

Garcia was a man on fire, taking more shots than the rest of his team combined. It paid off as he ended up with his first brace of the season, notching a goal in the 74th minute. 

Alex Hernandez also got in on the action, scoring his second goal of the year on a free kick in the 76th minute. 

The Lady Sandites (1-11 overall, 0-5 district) fell 2-0 to the Lady Chieftains (6-6, 2-3). Freshman midfielder Sara Arundell scored both goals for Sapulpa.

Bixby Lady Spartans rout Sand Springs 5-0 at home

By: Virgil Noah, Staff Writer

It was a rough night for the Charles Page High School Ladies' Soccer Team (0-2) as they ran into a Bixby High School squad (3-0) who was very sound on both ends of the pitch. The Lady Spartans scored early and often throughout the course of the game en route to a 5-0 victory. 

SEE RELATED: Jeffus brothers lead Sandite Soccer to first win of season 2-1 over Bixby

Junior defender Caroline Carson got Bixby on the board in the 8th minute with a header that trickled off the fingers of Lady Sandite goalkeeper Abigail Banks. Senior forward Kyndal Zicker countered for the Sand Springs but her shot on goal went straight to Bixby goalkeeper Maddie Dees. Zicker's shot was one of just three on the night for Charles Page as Bixby's stifling defense frustrated the Lady Sandite attack for the duration of the match. 

Banks and the defense kept the visitors off the board for almost the remainder of the first half, with Banks making several impressive saves, but with just 0:32 left in the first half Lacy White found the back of the net to give her side a two goal lead heading into the locker room.  

The second half saw more of the same, with Taylor Pease and Mary Swain both scoring goals off of shots to the far post hitting iron and bouncing in. Kaitlyn Asher rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 62nd minute.  

The Lady Sandites will return to action on the 23rd after a Spring Break hiatus when they host the Muskogee Lady Roughers (1-0).

Seven Sand Springs seniors sign letters of intent to play college sports

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Seven Sand Springs High School students signed letters-of-intent Wednesday morning in the Ed Dubie Field House, bringing the grand total of college-bound athletes from the Class of 2017 to fourteen.

Sand Springs has two softball players, two cross-country runners, two baseball players, one basketball player, three football players, one volleyball player, and two soccer players all headed to the next level.

SEE RELATED: Lee Leslie signs LOI to play college volleyball at Oklahoma Wesleyan University
SEE RELATED: Hunter Greathouse signs LOI to play college baseball at Cowley County Community College
SEE RELATED: Megan Deshazo signs LOI to play college soccer at Northern Oklahoma College
SEE RELATED: Kendall Zicker signs LOI to play college soccer at Northeastern State University
SEE RELATED: Lincoln Adams and Dalton Morgan sign LOIs to play college football at Oklahoma Baptist University
SEE RELATED: Delvin Jordan signs LOI to play college football at Pittsburg State University
SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Jessica Collins signs with Connors State College Softball
SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Jake Terry officially signs with University of Oklahoma baseball
SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Alexis Davis signs with SWOSU Cross Country
SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Sydney Pennington signs with Oklahoma State University Softball
SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Kyle Keener signs with University of Central Oklahoma Basketball
SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Cheyenne Walden signs with Oklahoma State University Cross Country
SEE RELATED: National Champion Daton Fix signs to No. 1 Oklahoma State University wrestling

Daton Fix becomes fourth Division One commit in CPHS Class of 2017, more are possible

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page High School is on a roll lately with talented athletes in all areas, and has signed seven to play at the collegiate level this week. Four of those are going to NCAA Division One schools, and we haven't even got to winter and spring sports yet. 

Senior three-time State Champion Daton Fix signed with No. 1 Oklahoma State University as the number one most sought-after recruit in the nation. He's a ten-time Freestyle National Champion, three-time Folkstyle National Champion, three-time Greco-Roman National Champion, Freestyle and Greco Pan-American Champion, and two-time World Championship Freestyle Bronze Medalist. 

SEE RELATED: National Champion Daton Fix signs to No. 1 Oklahoma State University wrestling

Senior pitcher Jake Terry signed with the No. 21 University of Oklahoma to play baseball after committing to the program in 2015. He finished last season with a 5-4 record and 3.88 ERA and is currently recovering from shoulder surgery with his Senior year still ahead of him. 

SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Jake Terry officially signs with University of Oklahoma baseball

Senior pitcher/short-stop Sydney Pennington signed with the No. 31 Oklahoma State University softball team after committing to the program in 2014. She finished last season with a 6-0 record, 1.41 ERA, and .543 batting average and is also the leading scorer on the Lady Sandite Basketball team.

SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Sydney Pennington signs with Oklahoma State University Softball

Senior seven-time State Champion Cheyenne Walden signed with the No. 15 Oklahoma State University cowgirls after committing to the program in October. She finished her Cross Country career with four State Titles and looks to the Spring track season where she already holds three State Titles in two distances. 

SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Cheyenne Walden signs with Oklahoma State University Cross Country

Senior four-time State Qualifier Alexis Davis signed with the NCAA Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She finished her career as the first ever Lady Sandite (along with Walden) to ever qualify for State all four years. She took 21st in the State this fall and will continue to show off this spring in Track.

SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Alexis Davis signs with SWOSU Cross Country

Senior All-State outfielder Jessica Collins signed with NJCAA Division I Connors State. She finished last season with a .316 batting average and was named to the All-District, All-Region, and All-State teams. She will join the Lady Sandite basketball team this winter before finishing her high school career with Spring slow pitch.

SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Jessica Collins signs with Connors State College Softball

6'6" Senior center Kyle Keener signed with the NCAA Division II University of Central Oklahoma basketball team after committing to the program in September. He finished his junior year as the number three scorer on his team with 11 points and 6 rebounds per game.

SEE RELATED: CPHS Senior Kyle Keener signs with University of Central Oklahoma Basketball

The only other Sand Springs student currently committed to a college is Class of 2018 volleyball player Gloria Mutiri, who verbally committed to Ohio State University in September, but there are several other Seniors expected to go to the next level.

CPHS wrestling coach Kelly Smith says he has two or three other seniors who are more than capable of wrestling at the Division One level if they can get the exposure necessary. 

Sandite Pride's most eligible senior recruits are:

Wrestling
Jack Karstetter (73-15, 132 State Runner-Up)
Beau Bratcher (87-23, 138 State Runner-Up)
Zane Basma (62-25, 160 State Third-Place)
Delvin Jordan (31-12, 220 Regional Champ)
Michael Ritchey (29-24, 113 Regional Champ)
Derek Davis (17-12, 132)
Cody Mathis (18-14, 145)

Cross Country
Jacob Garbey (5K time 17:36)
Ian Baustert (5K time 18:36)

Football
Delvin Jordan (6'0" 224 LB)
Lincoln Adams (6'3" 300 OL/DL)
Hunter Greathouse (6'3" 180 QB)
Nathan Simonton (6'2" 256 OL/DL)
Kasey Bales (5'10" 165 WR/K)
Dalton Morgan (6'0" 190 RB/LB)
Josh Taber (5'11" 160 DB/WR)
Danny Ropp (5'11" 253 OL/DL)
Treyce Tolbert (5'10" 170 DB)
Brett Freeman (6'2" 174 DB)

Mens Soccer
Alex Hernandez (2 goals last season)

Mens Basketball
Mack Thompson (5'10" 7 points per game)

Volleyball
Baylee Mudd (167 digs last season)
Lee Leslie (68 kills, 131 digs last season)

Womens Soccer
Megan Deshazo (13 goals last season)
Kyndal Zicker (12 goals last season)
Melina Flores
Brooklyn Flores

Baseball
Hunter Greathouse (.405 AVG, 3.73 ERA)
Josh Taber (.363 AVG)
Treyce Tolbert (.306 AVG)
Mack Thompson (.238 AVG)
Josh Cordell (3.91 ERA)

New Soccer Coach headed to Charles Page next season

Bobby Behren's Varsity Girls team won the Edison Green and White Tournament this year.

Bobby Behren's Varsity Girls team won the Edison Green and White Tournament this year.

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Two-year Head Girls Soccer Coach Bobby Behrens will not be with Charles Page High School going into the 2017 season. Behrens was recently announced to be the new Men's Soccer Assistant Coach at Oral Roberts University, and will be replaced by former Coweta coach Matthew Miller. 

Behrens carries an injured player off the field.

Behrens carries an injured player off the field.

Behrens didn't spend long in the coaching spot at CPHS, but his two short years left big shoes to fill. The 2010 Sand Springs graduate made the All-State team his senior year and played collegiate for John Brown University and Northeastern State University before returning to his Alma Mater as Head Girls coach in 2014. The girls finished the 2016 season with a 9-6 record, six shutouts, and the Edison Green and White Tournament Championship. In addition to Behrens, the Sandites sent four players to the collegiate level, including All-State player Brooklyn Eardley who will go with Behrens to ORU. 

Miller was previously the head coach for the Coweta boys team for a year. Specifically, he was the third head coach in three years for Coweta, who can't seem to find a match. Miller previously worked as an assistant coach for the Tulsa Thunder Soccer Club on the Red 95 Team. He worked with the Oklahoma Olympic Youth Development Team from 2000-2004 and served as a Camp Coach for ORU from 2011-2012. Coweta's boys went 7-7 under Miller in the regular season before falling to Memorial in the 5A State Tournament. 

Sandite of the Week: Edgar Soberano

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

This week Sandite Pride would like to recognize Charles Page High School sophomore Edgar Soberano as Sandite of the Week for his continual impressive goal keeping for the varsity soccer team.

While Sandite Pride hasn't tracked saves this season, there's no disputing that if we had a number, it would be impressive. He blocked multiple shots in an overtime win over Sapulpa last Tuesday, and was incredible in a game against a nationally ranked team from Edmond.

The Deer Creek Antlers were ranked No.18 in the Nation when they hammered the Sandites 7-0. Despite the large amount of goals, were it not for Soberano's quick wits and desperate dives, it would have been a mercy ruling in no time. The Antlers got off thirteen shots in the first twenty minutes of the game, with seven resulting in impressive saves by Soberano. 

Photo galleries from this Soccer season can be found at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/2016-Soccer


Sandite of the Week is a weekly recognition given to any one person with significant ties to the Sand Springs community who accomplishes remarkable achievements during the Sunday through Saturday week preceding the award. Prior achievements may be noted in the article, but do not bear direct influence on the selection committee which only considers prior week accomplishments. Candidates may be nominated by anyone by emailing SanditePrideNews@gmail.com. Bylaws prevent the giving of the award to anyone for two consecutive weeks, but any recipient may be nominated and awarded again in the future, so long as the weeks are not consecutive. Final selection is made by a majority vote of a three-person staff committee. 

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Sandite Boys' Soccer season comes to an end at Deer Creek

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Boys' Soccer Team (3-12) saw their season come to a close in Edmond Thursday night as they were handily defeated 7-0 by the defending State Champions, No.18 nationally ranked Deer Creek (12-1). 

The boys finished the season with the same number of wins as last year, plus two more losses. In 2015 the boys started 0-4 before they found their first win, but this year they pulled off an impressive 4-0 shutout of Muskogee in the second game of the season.

They lost five straight from there, but placed sixth in the Edison Green and White Tournament after freshman Ethan Baxter scored a hat trick in a 4-1 defeat of Regent Prep. The third win this season is the most important game to win for a Sandite. The Highway 97 Rivalry went to Sand Springs in a 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night. 

The Antlers wasted no time in getting on the board as sophomore Chris Smirlis notched a goal less than three minutes into the game. The game was a shooting melee, but Sandite keeper Edgar Soberano was all over it, picking up seven saves on thirteen shots before allowing a goal with 13 minutes remaining in the half. The Sandites finally got off their first shot of the game in the 32nd minute, but it was no where close.

The Antlers added another goal for the 3-0 lead with a little over five minutes in the half, then scored a fourth with only 0:50 seconds left. With moments left, Alex Hernandez fired off the second shot of the half for the Sandites from thirty yards out, but sent it wide left as the clock expired. Deer Creek added a PK 16 minutes into the second half for the 5-0 advantage. Tucker Brown added the sixth goal of the evening with 21 minutes to play, and from there Deer Creek sent in the backups to finish the night. The Antlers scored on a free kick with 16 minutes left and the rest of the night consisted of driving back and forth with neither team making any really close runs.

Redistricting really hurt the boys this season, who actually played better than last season in many ways. The tough district included two nationally ranked teams in Deer Creek and Union. The boys' season opener was also to a nationally ranked team, though East Central wasn't a district game. The boys were far better than their record indicated, as demonstrated by the fact Union and East Central each only beat the Sandites by two goals. Seven of the losses this season were decided by two goals or less.

Baxter led the team in scoring with 5 goals, followed by Andrew Morrison with 3, Kaleb Brooks with 2, Alex Hernandez with 2, Cade Loomin with 1, Cody Gurley with 1, and Ignacio Garcia with 1. 

The team will be graduating seven this year: Brooks, Lazaro Franco, Dylan Lambert, Simon Hollekve, Dalton Lane, and Hunter Jacob.

This season's photo galleries can be found at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/2016-Soccer

Ethan Baxter Golden Goal seals Highway 97 victory for Sandites

By: Virgil Noah, Marketing Director
Photo: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Neither the Charles Page High School boys soccer team (3-11) or the Sapulpa High School boys (2-10) are having season to brag about, but when the two face each other the Highway 97 Rivals are always playing for something to brag about.  

Sapulpa came storming out of the gates as Senior Paige McCracken raced up the right line and took a shot that bent straight across the front of the goal. Sand Springs came right back with a chance of their own as Logan Jeffus sent a ball high over the defense and into the box. Sapulpa Goalkeeper Ethan Tanton came out in an attempt to grab the ball but Ignacio Garcia was able to get his head on the ball and chip it over Tanton to give the Sandites the first goal of the game. Moments later Garcia took a shot from well outside the box that dipped at the last moment and struck the crossbar and was cleared by the Sapulpa defense. 

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Sapulpa was able to equalize the game when a cross was sent into the Sandite box and a cluster of players blocked Sand Springs goalie Edgar Soberano's vision and allowed Colten Broughton to tap in the goal. Sapulpa would have a couple more chances to score but both shots went just high over the bar. 

The second half started out slow but picked up about halfway through, when a Chieftain corner found the head of Jesse Evans but his shot hit the crossbar and Soberano blocked away the shot attempt that followed. Soberano made another save right after that to keep the game level.  

The Sandites then took back control of the momentum as Cade Loomin dribbled all the way down the left line and into the box but Tanton made an impressive save on the shot. Ignacio Garcia then made a run of his own but crossed the ball back post to Simon Hollekve who first timed a shot that went barely wide. Then Loomin found himself wide open for another shot opportunity but his attempt hit the post and bounced away. 

Neither team was able to score before the end of regulation and the game was sent into extra time tied 1-1. The first few minutes were uneventful but then a Chieftain defender played the ball back to Tanton whose clear went directly to Ignacio Garcia. Garcia took a shot that Tanton was able to dive and save, but it ricocheted straight to Ethan Baxter who stroked the ball to back post for the game-winning golden goal. 

The Sandites will end the regular season Thursday night in Edmond against Deer Creek (11-1) while Sapulpa will take on Westmoore (1-12) Friday night on the road. 

Sandite Soccer celebrates 19 on Senior Night

STAFF REPORTS

Charles Page High School celebrated its senior soccer players and trainers Friday night at Memorial Stadium. The girls lost their game 2-1 in overtime to Westmoore and the boys lost 2-1 in double overtime.

Taylor Coyle is the daughter of Kary and Mike Stephens and James Coyle. She's been a player for the Sandite soccer team for three years. Throughout high school, she's been a member of the National Honor Society (NHS), the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) secretary, a counselor at Make Promises Happen special needs camp, and a Peer Tutor in Ms. Harper's Special Ed class. After graduation she plans to attend Tulsa Community College (TCC) where she will major in Mild/Moderate Special Education.

Jacob Dixon is the son of Mike and Tammy Dixon. He's been a player for the Sandite soccer team for four years. During his high school career he's been involved in NHS and Future Farmers of America (FFA). After graduation he plans on enlisting in the United States Navy. 

Kylee Cramer is the daughter of Jill and Barrett Cramer and has played for the Sandite soccer team for four years. Throughout high school she's been involved in NHS, the Fellowship of Christian Students, the Native American Student Association (NASA), Calvary Baptist Youth Group, and the Oklahoma Indian National Honor Society. She's played competitive soccer with the West Side Alliance (WSA) 97 Girls for two years and Blitz United 98 Girls for one year. After graduation she plans to attend Oklahoma Baptist University where she will major in Nursing.

Lazaro Franco is the son of Lazaro and Elisabeth Franco and has played for the Sandites for three years. After graduation he plans on attending TCC where he will major in Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technology. 

Marissa Doll is the daughter of Russell and Elfi Doll and has played for the Sandites for three years. She's been a four-year member of Student Council and a three-year member of NHS, where she served as Vice President her senior year. She's a member of Youth and Government, has played soccer since she was five and has played competitive soccer with WSA for seven years. After graduation she plans to attend the University of Oklahoma (OU) where she will major in biochemistry with the goal of becoming a dentist.

Hunter Jacob is the son of Dawna Maron and Randy Jacob. He has played for the Sandites for one year, has played with the Sand Springs Soccer Club for eight years, and the WSA for one year. After graduation, he plans to attend OU where he will major in Biomedical Engineering. 

Madison "Hoot" Dye is the daughter of Erik and Nina Dye. She's played for the Sandites for one year. Throughout high school she has participated in NHS, FCCLA, and made the TCC President's Honor Roll. She's played for WSA for twelve years and has been the captain of her competitive team for the last six years. After graduation she will be attending Northeastern State University on a soccer scholarship. 

Dylan Lambert is the son of Robert and Jennifer Lambert and has played for the Sandites for four years. During his high school career he has been involved in NHS, FFA, Boy Scouts, Venturing Crew, Soccer, and Spanish Club. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2015 and is graduating with honors. He has played recreational soccer with the Sand Springs Soccer Club for eight years. After graduating he plans to attend Oklahoma State University where he will major in Architecture and minor in Paleontology, Archaeology, and Horticulture.

Brooklyn Nicole Davis Eardley is the daughter of Sunnie and Josh Eardley and the late Marques Davis. She has been a player for the Sandites for four years. During her high school career she has been involved in NHS, NASA, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Competition, as well as CPHS Volleyball. She has played competitive soccer with the WSA 98 Girls Red for twelve years. She is signed to play soccer for Oral Roberts University where she will major in Pre-Sports Medicine. Eardley is fourth on her team in scoring this season with 9 goals.

Twin brothers Austin and Andrew Morrison are the sons of Steve and Leslie Morrison and have both played for the Sandites for four years. Austin has played soccer for six years. Both plan on attending TCC where Austin will major in Aviation and Andrew will major in Nursing. Andrew is one of the leading scorers for the Sandites with four goals this season. 

Kayla Foster is the daughter of Mark and Melissa Foster and has played for the Sandites for four years. Throughout high school she has participated in NJHS, NHS, Spanish Club, and played volleyball her freshman and sophomore years. She has played competitive soccer with WSA 98 Girls Red for nine years. She is signed to play for Missouri University of Science and Technology and plans to major in Petroleum Engineering. Foster is third in the team for scoring this season with 10 goals over six games after sitting out more than half the season with a leg injury. She's scored two hat tricks in wins over East Central and Enid.

McKinzie Horton is the daughter of Kassi and Colin Horton and has played for the Sandites for four years. Throughout high school she has participated in WSA, Ultimate Youth, FCS, and FCCLA. She has played recreational and competitive soccer with WSA for eleven years. After graduating she plans to attend TCC and major in Sonography. 

Dalton Lane is the son of Shannon Dobson and Kevin Smith and has played for the Sandites for one year. He's been a four year member of NHS and has played recreation and competitive soccer with SSSC and WSA for nine years. After graduating he plans to attend the University of Tulsa where he will major in Petroleum Engineering. 

Courtney Langley is the daughter of Dana and Gene Langley and has been a trainer for the Sandites for three years. Throughout high school she has served as the President of Student Council, Secretary of NHS, and has participated in Youth and Government, Fellowship of Christian Students, Horizons, and Key Club. After graduating she plans on attending NSU to major in Biology and Business. 

William Pelfrey is the son of Benjawan Sanka and William and Duangpon Pelfrey. He's played for the Sandites for four years, and has played soccer for twelve years. After graduation he plans on enlisting in the US Army.

Bryn Lewis is the daughter of Jim and Sharon Lewis and has played for the Sandites for four years. She's played in the Gold Pride Marching Band for four years, including two years as Drum Major. She's participated in the Sandite Concert Band for seven years, FCS, President of Youth and Government, and President of NHS. She also plays for Sandite Volleyball and is a volleyball partner with the Sandite Special Olympics. She's played competitive soccer with WSA for thirteen years. After graduation she plans on attending the University of Tulsa where she will major in Engineering. 

Ashley Marino is the daughter of Juan and Maria Marino and has played for the Sandites for four years. During her high school career, she's also been involved in Masa Club and Sandite Track. After graduation she plans on majoring in Criminal Justice at NSU. 

Alexis Slabby is the daughter of Kristina Slabby and Shane Morgan and has played for the Sandites for the past two years. During her high school career she has also participated in FCCLA and Make Promises Happen. After graduating she plans on attending the University of Central Oklahoma to obtain a liberal arts degree, then enlisting in the Marine Corp. 

Full photo galleries from both games and Senior Night festivities can be viewed and purchased at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/2016-Soccer/41516-Sand-Springs-vs/