CPHS Baseball: Banker makes All-State team, 5 players named All-Tulsa Area

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Charles Page High School senior Ben Banker was recently selected to the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association All-State Large East team as an alternate. The OBCA All-State games will be played at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid on June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Banker, Cal Watkins, and Cale Savage were recognized as Class 6A All-Stars by the association.

Five Sand Springs players were named to the Tulsa Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star roster. Savage, Watkins, Banker, John Miller, and Kyler Copeland will play May 28th at 6:00 p.m. at Bixby High School.

All five players have signed letters of intent to play ball at the next level. Copeland will go to College of the Ozarks, Savage will play at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, and Watkins is headed to Seminole State College. Miller and Banker will continue playing together at Eastern Oklahoma State College along with Tyler Ash.

The Sandites ended the season with a 22-11 overall record and 8-4 district record under second-year Head Coach James Garrison.

CPHS Track: Aden Baughman wins Frontier Valley Conference Championship

The Charles Page High School boys’ track and field team took eighth place at the Frontier Valley Conference Championship Thursday at Union with one individual champion.

U.S. Air Force-signee Aden Baughman won his second conference title and seventh gold medal of the season with a 2:00.99 finish in the 800-meter run.

Mitchell Mefford placed second in discus with a distance of 143’02.5”, less than two feet behind the champion. Joel Mackey placed third in the 100-meter dash in 11.11 seconds and fourth in the 200 in 22.7. Titus Wright set a PR of 1:02.91 in the 400.

The boys' relay teams placed fifth in the 4x100, fifth in the 4x400, and sixth in the 4x800.

The Lady Sandites placed tenth, but avoided going scoreless thanks to Mackenzie Rader.

Rader had a great day all around. She placed fifth in the 100 hurdles in 17.52 and set personal records in two other events with a high jump of 4’10” and a long jump of 15’10.5”. Jazmin Lopez had a PR long jump of 12’05.25” and a PR 800 run in 2:58.53.

The top three teams were the same in both men and women’s competition. Broken Arrow won both titles, Union came in runner-up, and Jenks placed third in both. Booker T. Washington placed fourth in men’s and seventh in women’s during their first season in the FVC.

Sand Springs will return to action Saturday, May 4th at the OSSAA 6A Regional Championship at Ponca City High School against Broken Arrow, Enid, Midwest City, Ponca City, Putnam City West, Shawnee, and Stillwater. Events are set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Sandite Results
4x100 Relay - 5th Place - 44.54
4x400 Relay - 5th Place - 3:32.26
4x800 Relay - 6th Place - 8:55.67
110 Hurdles
10th - Matt Wilkerson - 18.49
12th - Alex Newport - 19.35
13th - Knox Goggins - 20.43
300 Hurdles
14th - Alex Newport - 46.99
17th - Knox Goggins - 54.03
18th - David Rigsby - 58.90
100 Dash
3rd - Joel Mackey - 11.11
12th - Joseph Mattison - 11.92
19th - Morgan Lockhart - 12.17
200 Dash
4th - Joel Mackey - 22.70
20th - Morgan Lockhart - 25.43
24th - Daren Hawkins - 27.30
400 Dash
20th - Dalton Wilcox - 59.91
21st - Titus Wright - 1:02.91
800 Run
1st - Aden Baughman - 2:00.99
1600 Run
8th - Jacob Smith - 4:48.95
16th - Danny Murray - 4:59.99
Long Jump
20th - Knox Goggins - 14’08.50”
21st - Justin Guynn - 13’03.00”
Shot Put
15th - Mitchell Mefford - 40’05.00”
Discus Throw
2nd - Mitchell Mefford - 143’02.50”
7th - Riley Magee - 131’09.00”

Male Champions
4x100 Relay - Broken Arrow - 41.77
4x200 Relay - Union - 1:26.70
4x400 Relay - Broken Arrow - 3:24.13
4x800 Relay - Bartlesville - 8:13.03
110 Hurdles - Luis Abad - 15.41
300 Hurdles - Henry Falls - 40.07
100 Dash - AJ Green - 10.83
200 Dash - AJ Green - 21.90
400 Dash - Gentry Williams - 47.91
800 Run - Aden Baughman - 2:00.99
1600 Run - Hudson Mazzei - 4:38.92
3200 Run - Andres Chapa - 10:13.72
High Jump - Jack Jansen - 6’02.00”
Long Jump - Brennan Presley - 22’06.50”
Pole Vault - Brandon Hanoch - 15’03.00”
Shot Put - Hunter Wright - 52’06.00”
Discus Throw - Earnest Grayson - 145’01.00”

Male Team Scores
168.5 Broken Arrow
144.5 Union
95.0 Jenks
45.5 Booker T. Washington
44.5 Bartlesville
43.0 Bixby
42.5 Owasso
38.0 Sand Springs
21.0 Sapulpa
8.5 Muskogee

Lady Sandite Results
100 Hurdles
5th - Mackenzie Rader - 17.52
12th - Elizabeth Watts - 18.80
300 Hurdles
14th - Elizabeth Watts - 55.54
100 Dash
21st - Davina Green - 14.76
24th - Kristen Fields - 15.81
26th - Joselyn Schinnerer - 16.23
200 Dash
16th - Davina Green - 30.44
19th - Joselyn Shinnerer - 33.93
21st - Kaitlyn Converse - 34.97
400 Dash
15th - Wanageeska Williams - 1:12.16
800 Run
14th - Jazmin Lopez - 2:58.53
3200 Run
17th - Erika Baker - 14:30.00
High Jump
8th - Mackenzie Rader - 4’10.00”
Long Jump
10th - Mackenzie Rader - 15’10.50”
22nd - Jazmin Lopez - 12’05.25”
Discus Throw
13th - Ayden Meade - 83’00.00”

Female Champions
4x100 Relay - Broken Arrow - 49.14
4x200 Relay - Broken Arrow - 1:43.72
4x400 Relay - Broken Arrow - 4:03.89
4x800 Relay - Broken Arrow - 9:39.26
100 Hurdles - Danielle Shaw - 16.82
300 Hurdles - Brianna Hays - 47.13
100 Dash - Mikah Ferrying - 13.13
200 Dash - Danielle Shaw - 26.81
400 Dash - Kanisius Harding - 58.65
800 Run - Brianna Hays - 2:18.90
1600 Run - Avery Mazzei - 5:21.68
3200 Run - Avery Mazzei - 11:22.00
High Jump - Takyla Pitts - 5’00.00”
Long Jump - Takyla Pitts - 17’05.50”
Pole Vault - Sedona Emde - 10’09.00”
Shot Put - Dymon Murdock - 38’07.00”
Discus Throw - Bailey Tilley - 124’08.00”

Female Team Scores
180.3 Broken Arrow
145.0 Union
123.3 Jenks
84.3 Owasso
32.0 Bartlesville
31.0 Bixby
28.0 Booker T. Washington
21.0 Sapulpa
4.0 Muskogee
2.0 Sand Springs

OSSAA Soccer: Sandites finish as District Runners-Up, will host Enid in playoffs

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Not only is the Charles Page High School boys’ soccer team headed to the playoffs for the first time in recent memory, they also get to host their first round game after finishing as the District 6A-4 Runners-Up.

The Sandites (12-2) concluded the regular season last week with a 4-2 road win against Capitol Hill, putting them at a 5-2 district record. Also 5-2 is Owasso, who the Sandites defeated 5-4 last Tuesday for the tie-breaker win. Securing the district crown was the defending State Champions from Union (10-2, 7-0).

Sand Springs will host Enid (9-6) Tuesday, April 30th, at 7:00 p.m. The quarterfinals will be held Friday, May 3rd on the home field of the winner of Jenks vs. Norman. Semifinals are set for Tuesday, May 7th. The Championship round will be played either May 10th or 11th.

Sand Springs is having a historic season, winning their first nine matches and the Edison Green and White Tournament. They are 6-2 against 6A opponents, have won their last two matches, own four shutouts, and win by an average score of 3-1.

Enid is 7-4 against 6A foes and is coming off a win with an average score of 2-1. Neither team qualified for last year’s playoffs.

The Sandites previously beat the Plainsmen 2-1 in a non-district overtime shootout. Gustavo Saldana made a regulation penalty kick to tie the match and send it to overtime. Then Kaiden Cox, David Fancher, Fernando Saldana, and Gustavo Saldana all made PKs to win the shootout 4-3. Ethan Tippit got the win in the net with three saves.

Fernando Saldana, a sophomore, has been the bread and butter for the Sandite offense this season with fourteen goals. No Sandite but Saldana has scored a hat trick, and Saldana has two. He also has two braces and a four-point performance against Shawnee.

Sand Springs isn’t a one-hit wonder, however. Twelve players have scored and eleven have goals. Senior Gustavo Saldana and sophomore Jack Bratcher both have braces and are tied for second on the team in total scoring.

CPHS Season Stats

Goals
14 Fernando Saldana
7 Jack Bratcher
5 Gustavo Saldana
4 Luke Jeffus
1 Miguez Munoz
1 Kaiden Cox
1 Angel Esparza
1 Gustavo Franco
1 Dawson Quinton
1 Cameron Summerton
1 Kaleb Brooks

PKs
3 Fernando Saldana
3 David Fancher
2 Luke Jeffus
2 Gustavo Saldana
1 Kaiden Cox
1 Cameron Summerton

Total Scoring
17 Fernando Saldana
7 Jack Bratcher
7 Gustavo Saldana
6 Luke Jeffus
3 David Fancher
2 Kaiden Cox
2 Cameron Summerton
1 Miguel Munoz
1 Angel Esparza
1 Gustavo Franco
1 Dawson Quinton
1 Kaleb Brooks

First Round Pairings

Southmoore (7-7) at U.S. Grant (12-2).

  • Grant went 6-1 for the District 1 title, with their only 6A loss coming 5-1 to Deer Creek. They win by an average score of 3-1, have recorded six shutouts and one mercy rule victory, and have won their last five matches. They are ranked 23rd in the nation by MaxPreps with wins over Putnam City, Westmoore, and Edmond North. Grant was eliminated in the first round of last year’s playoffs.

  • Southmoore is 4-7 against 6A opponents and is riding a three-match losing streak. They win by an average score of 3-2, have five shutouts this season with one mercy rule win. Southmoore did not qualify for the post season last year.

Deer Creek (10-3-1) at Mustang (12-3).

  • Mustang is ranked 23rd in the country by USA Today, and holds an 8-3 record against 6A opponents. They win by an average score of 4-1, have seven shutouts, one mercy-rule win, and are coming off a loss in the de facto district title game. They have wins over Southmoore and Putnam City.

  • Deer Creek is 8-3-1 against 6A opponents with three shutouts, and is on a three-game win streak. They win by an average score of 3-2 and have victories over Southmoore, U.S. Grant, and Edmond North.

  • The Broncos previously defeated Deer Creek 3-1 in the second game of the season. Last year Deer Creek upset Mustang 5-1 in the first round of the playoffs.

Bixby (8-7) at Union (10-2).

  • Union went undefeated in District 4 and their only in-state loss was 2-1 to Jenks in the season opener. They win by an average score of 3-1, have six shutouts, and are on a four-match win streak. The defending State Champions are ranked 14th in the nation by MaxPreps and have wins over Broken Arrow, Norman North, Norman, Owasso, and Sand Springs.

  • Bixby is 5-5 in 6A action, with an average score of 3-1. They’ve won five shutouts and are on a three-game win streak. Bixby did not qualify for last year’s playoffs.

Owasso (9-6) at Broken Arrow (9-3).

  • Broken Arrow is 7-2 against 6A opponents with their only losses coming to Union and Jenks. They’ve won four shutouts, beat Enid and Bixby, and are on a five-match win streak with an average score of 3-1.

  • Owasso is 6-5 against 6A foes and is coming off a win. They own five shutouts this season, winning by an average score of 3-1, and have victories against Bixby and Norman.

  • Broken Arrow previously beat the Rams 2-0 in their third match of the season, and beat them 4-0 in last season’s first round playoff.

Norman (10-3-1) at Jenks (15-0-1).

  • The Trojans are one of only two undefeated teams left in the state, ranked 3rd in the nation by USA Today and 9th by Max Preps. They have a division-best nine shutouts and two mercy-rule wins, an average score of 4-0, with wins over Union, Broken Arrow, Bixby, and Enid. They are the returning State Runners-Up.

  • Norman is 9-3-1 against 6A opponents with six shutouts and wins over Southmoore, Norman North, Westmoore, and Sand Springs. They win by an average score of 3-1 are returning State qualifiers.

Enid (9-6) at Sand Springs (12-2).

Edmond North (9-5) at Norman North (10-5).

  • Edmond North is 8-4 against 6A opponents and has several impressive showings in their resume. They have wins over Mustang and Westmoore and only lost by a single goal to both Grant and Deer Creek. They have five shutouts, are coming off a victory, and win by an average score of 3-2.

  • Norman North is 9-3 against 6A foes, riding a three-match win streak with a 3-2 win over Mustang to clinch the District 2 title. They win by an average score of 3-2 and own four shutouts, with wins over Westmoore, Putnam, and Southmoore.

  • Both teams are returning State Semifinalists, and Norman North beat the Huskies 3-2 in the third match of the season.

Putnam City (9-5) at Westmoore (9-6).

  • Putnam is 7-4 against 6A opponents and coming off a win over Southmoore. They have six shutouts and one mercy-rule win, beating their foes by an average score of 3-1.

  • Westmoore is 9-5 against 6A opponents and have won their past two matches. They have four shutouts, lead the division with four overtime wins, and have beaten Mustang, Southmoore, Deer Creek, and Owasso.

Cierra Scott signs letter of intent to play collegiate ball for Missouri college

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By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page High School senior Cierra Scott signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Central Christian College of the Bible Wednesday morning, making her the thirteenth collegiate player to come from the Class of 2016. 

Sand Springs currently has four football players, four soccer players, one baseball player, and three softball players also headed to college teams this fall. 

Scott was the lone senior on the girls' basketball team this year, and will leave behind some big shoes to fill. The 5'7" guard has put up triple digits all four years of her high school career, and this year was her biggest. 

Averaging 5.67 points per game over her career and 6.23 her senior year, Scott was fifth on her team in scoring this season. She finished the season with a career total of 550 points and a career high of 18 points in a game against Bixby at the beginning of this season. She connected on more than 40% of field goal attempts this season and 54% of free throws. 

The Central Christian Saints belong to the National Christian College Athletic Association and compete in the Midwest Christian College Conference. The Saints finished last season with a 17-11 overall record, but finished the season before 20-8 with a conference championship and were NCCAA Division II National Runners-Up. 

Scott will be pursuing a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree from CCCB while also working on a degree in Business Administration from a partner college.

Clayton Giddens and Bryce Fisher take first at Bixby Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Sand Springs sent three wrestlers to the recent Bixby USAOK Tournament earlier this month. 

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Charles Page High School senior Sage Singleton placed 3rd in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman with an overall record of 3-2. Only four wrestlers competed in the 126 pound Junior division. In Freestyle, Brendan Clarke narrowly defeated Singleton by a 19-14 decision, but Singleton received a forfeit from Dalton Major in the consolation finals. In Greco Roman Singleton was pinned in 0:42 by Clarke, but defeated Major with back-to-back decisions of 8-3 and 18-12.

In Novice Greco-Roman, Clayton Giddens took first place with a trio of wins over Ethan Peterson of Sapulpa. He pinned his opponent twice, once in 1:08 and once in 1:36, and scored a 4-0 decision for the victory. He also placed first in Freestyle with a pair of pins over Camden Wicson in 1:44 and 1:29.

Bryce Fisher placed first in Novice Freestyle with a pair of pins at 120 pounds. He defeated Jayce Hitt in 0:59 and Luke Burdette in 0:57.

 

Lady Sandite Softball scorches Spartans 18-7 in just three and a half innings

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No.14 ranked Charles Page High School slow pitch softball team (7-5) racked up their third-straight run-rule victory at the Haskell Tournament Friday evening, exploding for a 6-0 lead in the first inning against the No.19 Bixby Lady Spartans (5-13). 

Freshman Kimi Presnell scored Kennedy "Goose" Salyers on a home run. Jessica Collins singled to score Sydney Pennington, Stella Millican walked in Kellie Johnson, and Rachel Blair batted in Collins and Madelyn Blair before a single batter was put out.

East Central University signee Sierra Skaggs got the Lady Spartans on the board with a home run, then Lillie Lavendusky doubled in Karlee Doak. Skylor Holmes hit a single to score Cassie Pantalia to cut the gap to 6-3, but Teri Pogue flied out to leave the two runners stranded.

In the top of the second, Northeastern State University signee Jessica Schuler smacked a 3RBI home run to score Salyers and Presnell to make it 9-3.

Sierra Kreiling reached on an error and scored on yet another homer by Skaggs, then Lavendusky singled in two more runners to narrow the deficit to a close 9-7.

Sand Springs opened the floodgates in the third inning as freshman Jacie Taber hit a 3RBI homer, followed by a home run from Salyers, an RBI double by Pennington, and a 2RBI homer from Schuler. 

Mid American Christian University signee Stella Millican (3-3) walked one and gave up two singles in the bottom of the third, but a double play saved the inning to hold the Spartans scoreless. Jacie Taber hit her second home run not just of the game, but of the season, for the 18-7 run-rule victory. 

Sand Springs returns to action Tuesday at 5:00 pm in a home double-header against Barnsdall.

Pennington and Schuler hit home runs in 14-9 loss to No.4 Morris Lady Eagles

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The No.17 ranked Charles Page High School slow pitch softball team (7-5) dropped the Haskell Tournament opener to 5A No.4 Morris (23-4) in a close 14-9, but swept the rest of the competition aside with ease, needing just twelve innings to defeat three opponents by a combined score of 46-12. 

Morris took the lead right off the bat, outscoring Sand Springs 3-1 in the first inning on runs from Justice Frazier, Kyzia Whisenhunt, and Desirae Tecumseh. Freshman Kimi Presnell drew a walk for the Lady Sandites and scored on a single by Jessica Collins.

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In the second inning was more balanced with Frazier hitting a homer for the Eagles and Kellie Johnson scoring a run for Sand Springs. The Lady Sandites tied it up in the third inning on runs from Presnell and Sydney Pennington but Morris scored Maddie James and Lyric Ward for the edge in the fourth.

The Lady Eagles further pushed the advantage with eight runs in the fifth. Sand Springs made a good run at it with Pennington and Schuler hitting back-to-back homers scoring themselves and Presnell. Cameron Clemons scored Collins and Jacie Taber scored Rachel Blair, but they were unable to equalize it and the sixty-minute time limit expired with Sand Springs trailing 14-9. Northeastern State University-signee Jessica Schuler (3-2) got the loss on the mound.

Sandites take second at Wooden Bat Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (19-7) made their way to the finals of the Sand Springs/Broken Arrow Wooden Bat Tournament with wins over Sapulpa and Muskogee, and drew first blood against Broken Arrow, but the Tigers (19-8) racked up a 6-1 lead by the bottom of the fourth and held on for the win. 

Josh Cordell (2-2) picked up the loss on the mound, giving up six hits and two walks for six runs and two earned runs. Conner Dennis (1-0) and Brock Youngblood (3-0) each took turns on the mound for one inning each and didn't give up any hits or runs, but were unable to sway the tide of the game in the Sandites' favor. 

Keaton Stamp pitched a no-hitter in the first inning for the Tigers. Brady Bean singled and survived four pickoff attempts before finally being caught stealing by Joey Montgomery to end the inning.

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Malachi Walton scored on a Hunter Greathouse sacrifice in the top of the second, but Treyce and Trevor Tolbert both flied out to center field to end the inning with Tyler McCallie stranded on third after a double. 

The bottom of the second is what did the Sandites in. Devon Johnson singled and the bases were loaded as Cordell walked Mack Chambers and Drew Lowe. Kade Goines reached third on an error by McCallie, allowing all three runners to score. Austin Hulet sacrificed to score Goines and the Tigers took a 4-1 lead.

Josh Taber reached on an error in the top of the third but was caught stealing. Bean scored for Broken Arrow in the bottom on a steal of home. The Tigers pitched a no hitter in the top of the fourth, then added to their lead on a Goines sacrifice that scored Chambers. 

Neither team managed a hit in the fifth, through Broken Arrow did strand a walker. Finally, the Sandites began to rally in the top of the sixth with singles from Taber and Rhett Rutledge. Jake Ward was hit by pitch to load the bases and Montgomery scored two on a double. Treyce Tolbert batted in Ward on a fielder's choice that outed Montgomery at third, and McCallie was outed at first on a dropped third strike to end the inning 6-4.

Youngblood pitched a no-hitter in the bottom of the sixth, but Jon Gilton retaliated with a no-hitter in the top of the seventh to secure the victory and the tournament championship. 

Sand Springs will return to action Monday at 6:00 pm at Union (11-9), whom they've already defeated once this season in a close 7-6 thriller at the Bixby Tournament. 

Bixby comes from behind for 8-3 victory over Sandite Baseball

Story and photo by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief 

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (13-4) met with the Bixby Spartans (13-3) for the fourth time in a week and this time their rival got the win, splitting the series 2-2. During the Bixby Tournament pool play the Spartans won 4-1, but the Sandites spoiled things for the hosts with a 10-6 championship victory the next evening. Monday night the Spartans traveled to Sand Springs for a district game that the home team won 8-7, but when the Sandites traveled to Bixby Tuesday the Spartans exploded in the sixth inning for a come-from-behind 8-3 victory.

Junior University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry (4-1) got his first loss on the mound of the season, giving up seven hits, eight walks, and six earned runs with two unearned runs and eight strikeouts. Fellow junior University of Oklahoma-commit Cade Cavalli got the win for the Spartans. As their record indicates, both teams are very close in talent with the Spartans leading the series scoring 25 runs to 22.

Both teams landed a single hit in the first inning and both runners were put out in double plays. Sand Springs did the same in the top of the second, but Bixby got in a run as Cavalli walked and came in on a Matthew Henderson single to strike first blood.

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The Sandites weren’t content to play from behind, however, and scored two in the top of the third. Tyler McCallie and Mack Thompson were walked and McCallie scored on a fielding error off a Treyce Tolbert single. Sandite of the Week Rhett Rutledge sacrificed a grounder to short to score Thompson for the 2-1 lead.

Bixby stranded two walks in the bottom of the third but got another go at bat after Cavalli struck out the side in order to top the fourth. This time they landed a single by Jeremy Goodwin and Cole Parker was hit by pitch. Pinch runner Levi Harper scored on an error by Joey Montgomery to tie things up, but Terry struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

McCallie led off with a double to left field for the top of the fifth and scored on a Thompson bunt and error by Goodwin at third. Bixby stranded two in the fifth, pitched a no hitter in the top of the sixth, and finally reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Goodwin singled to right field and was replaced by courtesy runner Kyler Herron. Parker reached on error but was caught stealing second. Braden Hackler reached on a fielder’s choice that failed to put out Herron and instead scored him. Gavin Staton singled to score Hackler, Breydon Daniel walked, then Staton scored on a Tanner Griffin single. Cavalli hit another double to score Daniel and the Sandites sent Josh Cordell (0-1) to the mound. Nic Swanson singled to score Griffin and Cavalli but the next two batters were put out. By the time the frenzy was over the Sandites were in an 8-3 hole.

Griffin went to the mound for the Spartans and pitched a no-hitter to secure the win in the top of the seventh.

The Sandites will return to action Friday at 4:00pm in a home game against Highway 97 rival Sapulpa (1-9), whom they already defeated 7-2 in the second game of the season.

 

Sandites come from behind for 8-7 victory over Spartans, McCallie and Mongtomery hit homers

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Sandites (15-3) and Spartans (12-3) went head to head for the third time in under a week in a district match up at Sand Springs Tuesday night. The Charles Page High School baseball team trailed for most of the game, frequently tying it up, but didn't take the lead till the final pitch of the game. 

In the Bixby Tournament Friday night the Spartans defeated the Sandites 4-1 but Sand Springs retaliated with a 10-6 victory for the tournament championship Saturday night to end the Spartans' ten-game win streak. 

In Monday night's home game the Sandites gave up a 2-0 lead to the Spartans in the first and had to fight from bottom for the duration of the game. Jake Ward got the start on the mound and hit the first two batters with the pitch to walk them. Tanner Griffin sacrificed to bring home Gavin Staton and Cade Cavalli sacrificed to score Breydon Daniel before the Sandites fielded a third out.

The Sandites returned the favor in the bottom of the inning as Sandite of the Week Rhett Rutledge reached on a fielder's choice and Hunter Greathouse singled to bring him home. Then, Greathouse came home on a passed ball to even the score.

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The second inning was a no-hitter for both teams, but Bixby reclaimed their lead in the third as Staton doubled on an error and came home on a Daniel single. Once more the Sandites weren't content to leave an inning in the hole and Rutledge doubled before coming in on a wild pitch. 

In the top of the fourth AJ Parker and Braden Hackler both singled and Staton walked to load the bases. Daniel struck out but Griffin singled to score Parker for the 4-3 lead. Ward struck out Cavalli and Nic Swanson as well. 

Tyler McCallie hit his first home-run of the season in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game back up but once more the Spartans reclaimed the lead as Jeremy Goodwin stole home in the next inning. This time the Sandites would fail to land a hit and remained in the hole going into the sixth.

Daniel lined out to Rutledge at short to start the sixth and Griffin grounded out to Rutledge. Then, Cade Cavalli went to bat and drew a walk. He survived three pickoff attempts before coming in on a double by Swanson, who in turn came in on a single by Matthew Henderson for a 7-4 lead.

The Sandites had their most impressive inning yet in the bottom of the sixth and Trevor Tolbert singled and came in on a Joey Montgomery home run. Mack Thompson singled and took second on a passed ball. Rutledge and Ward were both hit by pitch to load the bases. Thompson came home on a balk with Greathouse at bat to tie things up 7-7 but Greathouse flied out to right field to strand the runners. 

Brock Youngblood relieved Ward on the mound and pitched a no-hitter and it came down to the bottom of the seventh. Taber was walked, Trevor Tolbert flied out, Montgomery singled, McCallie grounded out, and Thompson walked to load the bases with two outs. Treyce Tolbert came to bat and was walked to score Taber for the win.

The Sandites return to action tomorrow evening, once more at Bixby. 

Sandite of the Week: Rhett Rutledge

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

This week Sandite Pride recognizes Charles Page High School senior Rhett Rutledge as Sandite of the Week for his outstanding performance at the Bixby Tournament this past weekend. 

Rutledge averaged .267 batting, .467 slugging, with a .368 OBP, and made his season pitching debut with a Championship round victory over the host team. 

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The Sandites (12-3) won their fifth straight in the tournament opener 8-5 against Hilldale (6-9). Rutledge landed the first hit of the game with a triple and came in on the next play with a sacrifice fly from Jake Ward for the first run. He was walked on his next plate appearance and scored once more on a Hunter Greathouse double. He reached first on an error in the bottom of the sixth and scored his third run of the game on a Greathouse single. 

Their sixth straight victory was a come-from-behind extra-inning win over Union. Rutledge landed one hit in the top of the fifth and stole second on a passed ball, but was left stranded. The Sandites won that one 7-6 in eight innings. 

He failed to land a hit in the next two games (a 4-1 loss to Bixby and an 8-0 run-rule shut out of Life Prep Academy), but batted .667 in the finale and won the game on the mound. He struck out one in the first and gave up an unearned double. He grounded out on a sacrifice to score Jake Terry for a 4-0 lead in the top of the second. 

He scooped a grounder to put out a batter at first in the bottom of the second and struck out another for a no-hitter. He sacrificed again to score Treyce Tolbert in the top of the third, but gave up a run in the bottom of the inning. 

He pitched a no-hitter in the fifth, striking out one and putting out another at first on a grounder. He hit a leadoff line drive single in the top of the sixth and was batted in by Josh Taber. By the bottom of the sixth the Spartans were pushing hard for a rally and loaded the bases. Rutledge gave up one single, two runs, one earned run, and two walks before being relieved by Brock Youngblood. The Sandites went on to win the game 10-6 for the tournament championship.

Sandites win Bixby Tournament with 10-6 victory over Spartans

Story by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Morgan Miller, Executive Director

The Charles Page High School baseball team (14-3) got a rematch against the Spartans (12-2) Saturday evening at Bixby. The tournament was a five team pool and despite a Friday night loss to the Spartans, the Sandites got to play them in the Championship round as they defeated the other three teams.

The Spartans rode a ten-game win streak after beating Union Saturday afternoon while the Sandites had just rebounded from their 4-1 Friday night loss with an 8-0 run-rule shutout of Life Prep Academy.

Christian Byford got the start on the mound for the Spartans and was replaced before he had pitched even a third of an inning after walking Treyce Tolbert, Hunter Greathouse, and Jake Ward consecutively. David Ryan took over on loaded bases and Greathouse came back to bat, replaced on base by Malachi Walton. The new pitching change seemed to work as Greathouse was struck out for only the second time this season. Josh Taber was up next and scored Treyce Tolbert on a single-by-error, but Ward was put out at second. Trevor Tolbert went to bat and Walton stole home, then Taber stole second and third on passed balls and came home on Tolbert’s single. Tolbert would be left stranded as Joey Montgomery flied out to center, but the Sandites had successfully taken a 3-0 lead.

Rhett Rutledge (1-0) went to the mound for the Sandites in his first time pitching this season. Gavin Staton grounded out to third, Cade Cabbiness struck out swinging. Breydon Daniel doubled on a McCallie error in left field and stole third on a passed ball but was ultimately left stranded as Cade Cavalli flied out to left.

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McCallie was up next to bat for the Sandites and flied out to left field, but University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry slid into second on a close double and reached third on a Treyce Tolbert single-by-error. Rutledge grounded out to Ryan on a sacrifice scoring Terry and the Sandites took a 4-0 lead. Ward was hit by pitch and Greathouse drew a walk to load the bases, but Taber flied out to left field and the Spartans came in to bat.

The bottom of the second was a no hitter as Nic Swanson grounded out to Rutledge, Jeremy Goodwin flied out to left field, and Zac Tryon struck out swinging. Trevor Tolbert struck out for the first Sandite at-bat, but Montgomery was walked, McCallie singled, and Terry singled to load the bases. Treyce Tolbert singled to bring home Montgomery and McCallie scored on a Rutledge sacrifice. Ward walked to load the bases but all three would be left stranded as Greathouse flied out to short.

Staton and Matthew Henderson both flied out to Taber in right field but Daniel doubled on an error and reached third on a Tanner Griffin single. Cavalli smacked a center field fly and Daniel came home shortly before Griffin was outed at second to end the inning 6-1.

The Spartans were finally beginning to make plays and pitched a no hitter in the top of the fourth as Taber grounded out to first, Trevor Tolbert struck out, and Montgomery flied out to right field. Cavalli doubled to left field and Cole Parker singled but Parker was put out at second on a fielder’s choice.

Ryan pitched another no-hitter inning in the top of the fifth, but the Sandites were equally savvy on defense and Rutledge struck out Staton, Ward caught out Henderson on a popup, and Rutledge scooped a grounder from Daniel and put him out at first.

Rutledge hit a leadoff line drive single in the top of the sixth, followed by Ward who was hit by pitch, and Greathouse who reached on an error to load the bases. Taber came in to clean up and batted in Rutledge and Ward with a single. Trevor Tolbert flied out to left field and Greathouse was put out at home, but Montgomery was hit by pitch and McCallie doubled to score Taber and Montgomery. Terry flied out in foul territory but the Sandites had furthered their lead to 10-1.

Griffin singled to start things off for the Spartans and the Sandites helped him along with a series of errors. Cavalli reached on a McCallie error, Swanson reached on an error by Ward to load the bases, and Griffin scored on an error by Trevor Tolbert. Goodwin was walked and Parker sacrificed to score Cavalli. Tryon walked to load the bases with one out and Staton came to bat. Brock Youngblood (1-0) relieved Rutledge on the mound. Staton hit a grounder to short and was outed in a double play to second and Sand Springs came in to bat the top of the seventh with a 10-3 lead.

Treyce Tolbert grounded out to second but Rutledge doubled to center field and Ward drew a walk. Greathouse flied out in foul territory, Taber walked to load the bases, but Trevor Tolbert struck out and it came down to the bottom of the seventh for the Spartans.

Henderson, Daniel, and Griffin all singled to load the bases with no outs. Cavalli brought in Henderson and Daniel with a double to the center field fence. Swanson drew a walk to reload the bases. Goodwin flied out to right field but scored Griffin to make it 10-6. Parker was next to bat and was put out at first on a double play along with Cavalli at home.

The Sandites dealt the Spartans a triple insult, ending their ten-game win streak, beating them at their own tournament, and paying them back for their previous night's loss. The Spartans will have their chance to even the score this upcoming week, however, as the two teams will meet at Sand Springs Monday night and at Bixby Tuesday night. 

Sandite Baseball run-rules Life Prep Academy 8-0 in Bixby Tournament

Hunter Greathouse pitched no hits in his second win of the season

Story by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Morgan Miller, Executive Director

The Charles Page High School baseball team (13-3) rebounded from their Friday night loss to Bixby (11-1) with an 8-0 run-rule shutout over Life Prep Academy (1-5) Saturday morning.

Hunter Greathouse (2-0) got the win on the mound for the Sandites, pitching three innings with no hits and seven strikeouts. Jake Ward (4-0) pitched two innings in relief and struck out two while giving up three hits.

Greathouse had his hand in all three first inning outs, striking out two and catching a foul for the third.

Treyce Tolbert drew a walk for the first Sandite plate appearance, then stole his way to third before coming in on a passed ball. Ward was hit by pitch and found his way in for a run on another passed ball and curtesy runner Malachi Walton (running for Greathouse, who walked) scored on a Josh Taber single. 

Taber was put out at second, Tyler McCallie singled and stole second with Ty Fain at bat, and Fain singled to bring McCallie in. Cody Motes replaced Fain on base and promptly stole second on a passed ball and Jake Terry walked and both stole bases. Motes scored on a passed ball and Treyce Tolbert walked to load the bases. The runners would be left stranded, however, as Rutledge flew out to left field and the Sandites went to field with a 5-0 lead.

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Noah Roberts flied out to left field to start the second. Ramon Hart was hit by pitch and stole second, but was stranded as Greathouse struck out two more batters.

Ward hit a close grounder to second and barely beat the ball to base for a single. Greathouse flied out to center to advance Ward. Walton made his first plate appearance of the season and grounded out to first. McCallie was hit by pitch and Fain singled to left field to score Ward. McCallie stole home on a passed ball and Terry walked but was stranded as Mack Thompson flied out and Life Prep came in to bat trailing 7-0.

Jaivin Burrows grounded out to Greathouse, AJ McDaniel struck out looking, but Beckford reached first on a dropped third strike. He would be left stranded, however, as Ricardo Seymour lined out to short. Motes and Rutledge both grounded out in the bottom of the third and Ward struck out in the first runless inning.

Ward relieved Greathouse on the mound to start the fourth. Myron Johnson grounded out to short, but Roberts singled for the first hit of the game for the Fire then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kohei Furukawa grounded out to advance Roberts, but the runner was stranded on third as Malich Barry flied out to short.

Greathouse walked to start the bottom but was caught stealing and Walton struck out. McCallie also walked but was stranded as Fain flied out to center.

In the fifth Tristen Shanelec singled to third and made his way around the bases with Burrows at bat, but was put out at home on a fielder’s choice. McDaniel and Beckford both struck out and the Sandites were back at bat. Terry hit a double to the left field fence and Thompson took a pitch to the head to advance to first. Both stole bases with Motes at bat and Motes singled to score Terry and win the game by run-rule.

The Sandites are now 3-1 in the tournament after dropping their first loss in seven games to host Bixby last night. They will next play either at 4:00 or 6:30 depending on the results of the Bixby vs. Union game at 1:30.

Spartans end Sandite win streak with 4-1 tournament victory

Story by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

It come down to the wire for the Charles Page High School baseball team (12-3) as they trailed 4-1 coming in to bat the top of the seventh. Jake Terry and Treyce Tolbert were put out at first. Rhett Rutledge drew a walk and Jake Ward stepped up to bat. The first pitch was a foul, then came two balls and another foul. The slugger grounded out to third on the next pitch and the Bixby Spartans (11-1) had successfully sabotaged the Sandites’ six-game win streak.

Joey Montgomery (0-2) got the loss on the mound for the Sandites, giving up 7 hits, 1 walk, and 2 earned runs.

Treyce Tolbert was first to bat for the Sandites and was outed on a center field fly. Rutledge hit a popup to first, but Ward finally got the Sandites on base with a walk. Sandite of the Week Hunter Greathouse smacked a long line drive to right field for a single, but both runners were stranded as Josh Taber tipped a grounder to first and was put out.

Gavin Staton singled to center for the Spartans and came in on a Trevor Tolbert error as Cade Cabbiness grounded past second for a single. Breydon Daniel had secured the single but got greedy on and went for two and was put out by Rutledge. Cade Cavalli reached first and Cabbiness scored on a Greathouse error, but Nic Swanson grounded out to third to end the inning with a 2-0 Spartan advantage.

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Trevor Tolbert drew a walk to start the second. Montgomery hit a pop fly to foul territory, Tyler McCallie flew out to right field, and Tolbert was caught stealing second to bring Bixby in to bat. Cole Henderson lined out to Rutledge at short and Jeremy Goodwin and Cole Parker both flied out to Taber in right field.

Terry led off the third for the Sandites and failed to beat his bunt to first. Treyce Tolbert struck out and Rhett Rutledge flied out to short for another scoreless inning. Montgomery struck out the first batter swinging and Cabbiness grounded out to Rutledge. Daniel singled but was put out at second on a fielder’s choice.

Sand Springs finally started to put men on the bases in the bottom of the third as Ward was walked and Greathouse hit a deep single into center field. Ward was picked off at second, however, and Taber sacrificed to advance Greathouse to second. The pressure was on Trevor Tolbert and he didn’t disappoint, scoring Greathouse on a double. Montgomery was hit by pitch, but the two runners were stranded as McCallie hit a pop fly to right field.

Cavalli singled on a leadoff grounder and Swanson reached on a combination fielder’s choice and error.  Henderson singled with a full count as Greathouse outed Cavalli at third. Goodwin reached on a controversial error call to load the bases and Swanson reached home on a passed ball after Parker flied out to center. Staton flied out next and the Sandites came in trailing 3-1.

Treyce Tolbert and Ward were walked but Terry was outed on a pop foul fly and Greathouse lined out to right field to bring in the bottom of the fifth. Cabbiness walked and Daniel singled to right. Griffin sacrificed to score Cabiness and the Spartans took a 4-1 lead. Cavalli reached on a fielder’s choice and Henderson lined out to center to usher in the sixth.

Taber grounded out to second and Trevor Tolbert hit a pop foul fly. Montgomery doubled but McCallie flied out to center leaving the Sandites just one inning to try and tie things up. Goodwin flied out to McCallie in left field. Paker tripled on a centerfield line but was picked off leaving Staton at bat with a full count and he was promptly struck out. But the seventh was no kinder to the Sandites and the Spartans came away with their ninth-straight win.

The Sandites will next take on Life Prep Academy Saturday at 11:00. 

Baseball mid-season stats update: Greathouse, Tolbert, combine for 24 runs and 17 RBI; 4 pitchers remain undefeated

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

We're three weeks into the high school baseball season and the Sandites (10-2) are on fire with a six-game win streak after coming from behind to top Union 7-6 in extra innings last night. As the boys head into round three at the Bixby Tournament tonight, here's where they stand as individuals.

Hunter Greathouse has played all 12 games this season and is the current Sandite of the Week. He holds a .556 batting average with 9 runs, 13 singles, 6 doubles, 1 triple, and 10 RBI. He has a .667 slugging average, a .600 OBP, 2 sacrifices, and has only been struck out 1 time in 36 at-bats. Fielding, he has 7 putouts and 17 assists, typically playing shortstop or third base. He's got a 1-0 record on the mound with a .730 ERA, a 1.273 WHIP, and throws 58% strikes. He's faced 50 batters over 11 innings, given up only 7 hits, 7 walks, 8 earned runs, and has struck out 22.

Jake Ward has played all 12 games this season and holds a .484 batting average with 12 singles, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 5 runs, and 7 RBI from 31 at-bats. He has a .613 slugging average, a .610 OBP, and 3 sacrifices. Alternating between pitching and first-base, he has 30 put outs and 7 assists. He has a 4-0 record on the mound with a .19 ERA, a 1.143 WHIP, and throws 56% strikes. He's faced 84 batters over 21 innings, given up 14 hits, 10 walks, 4 earned runs, and has struck out 25. 

Joey Montgomery has played all 12 games this season and holds a .462 batting average with 15 singles, 3 doubles, 5 RBI, and 1 run. He has a .538 slugging average, a .488 OBP, and has 78 putouts and 7 assists, primarily as catcher. He has a 0-1 pitching record with a 1.00 ERA, a 1.5 WHIP, and throws 55% strikes. He's faced 31 batters over 6 innings, given up 5 hits, 4 walks, only 1 earned run, and has struck out 4.

Rhett Rutledge has played all 12 games this season and holds a .314 batting average with 8 singles, 1 double, 2 triples, 9 runs, and 4 RBI on 35 at-bats. He has a .457 slugging average, a .455 OBP, and 4 sacrifices. Fielding primarily as a shortstop, he has 17 putouts and 20 assists.

Treyce Tolbert has played 12 games this season and holds a .382 batting average with 11 singles, 1 double, 1 home run, 15 runs, and 7 RBI. He has a .471 slugging average, a .533 OBP, 1 sacrifice, and 19 putouts in center field. 

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University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry has played 11 games this season and holds a .143 batting average with 1 single, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 run, and 3 RBI on 21 at-bats. He has a .286 slugging average, a .280 OBP, and 2 sacrifices. Fielding, he has 11 putouts and 2 assists. He holds a 4-0 record pitching with 1 save, a .100 ERA, a .850 WHIP, and throws 45% strikes. He's faced 93 batters over 20 innings, given up 22 hits, 15 walks, only 2 earned runs, and has struck out 21. 

Southwestern Christian University-signee Trevor Tolbert has played 11 games this season and is a former Sandite of the Week. He holds a .308 batting average with 5 singles, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 runs, and 11 RBI from 26 at-bats. He has a .461 slugging average, a .500 OBP, and 3 sacrifices. As second baseman he has 14 putouts and 12 assists.

Mack Thompson has played 11 games this season and holds a .167 batting average with 2 doubles and 7 runs. He has a .333 slugging average, a .286 OBP, and 3 putouts in left field. 

Ty Fain has played 11 games this season and holds a .250 batting average with 4 hits, 4 runs, and 2 RBI on 16 at-bats. He has a .313 slugging average and a .429 OBP with 2 sacrifices. Fielding, he has 10 putouts in left field.

Josh Taber has played 11 games this season and holds a .524 batting average with 11 singles, 7 runs, and 8 RBI on 21 at-bats. He has a .524 slugging average, a .643 OBP, 3 sacrifices, and has only been struck out once. Fielding, he has 35 putouts in right field. 

Gunnar Phillips has played in 7 games this season and holds a .200 batting average with 2 singles and 4 runs with 1 RBI. He has a .200 slugging average and a .529 OBP with 1 sacrifice. 

Tyler McCallie has played 5 games this season and holds a .545 batting average with 5 singles, a double, and 6 runs on 11 at-bats. He has a .636 slugging average and a .545 OBP.

Josh Cordell has played and pitched 4 games this season and has an 0-1 record on the mound. He's faced 73 batters over 15 innings, given up 20 hits, 9 walks, 5 earned runs, and has struck out 10. He throws 42% strikes, has a .333 ERA and a 1.933 WHIP.

Kameron Adcock has played in 3 games this season, all at the Best of the West tournament in Phoenix, and has scored 2 runs with a .250 OBP. As catcher, he has 4 put-outs and 2 assists.

Riley Rutledge has played 2 games this season and has scored 1 run and 1 single on 2 at-bats for a .500 slugging average and a .500 OBP.

Brock Youngblood has played 2 games this season and has 3 put-outs and 2 assists. He pitched his first game yesterday against Hilldale and got the win with a .43 ERA, a 1.143 WHIP, and threw 54% strikes. He gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs over 7 innings and faced 31 batters and struck out 4. 

Cody Motes has played in 1 game this season and scored 2 runs as a courtesy runner against Notre Dame Prep. 

Malachi Walton played his first game last night against Union and tied the game up as a pinch runner to force extra innings where Sand Springs found the win. 

Sandites come from behind in extra innings to top Union 7-6 for 6th straight victory

OU-commit Jake Terry is undefeated this season and got the save after pitching two innings against Union.

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

It looked like the Charles Page High School baseball team (10-2) was about to end their win-streak as the Union Redskins (8-2) rode a 6-4 lead into the seventh, but Sandite-of-the-Week Hunter Greathouse smacked a single to right field to score Treyce Tolbert and kept the team's dreams alive. Josh Taber followed it up with a single of his own and Malachi Walton crossed home to force extra innings.

Josh Cordell (1-0) got the start on the mound for the Sandites, but University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry (4-0) got the win and the save after taking the mound in the seventh and striking out three over two innings with no runs.

The Sandites had a hard time getting on base to start the game as Treyce Tolbert, Rhett Rutledge, and Jake Ward grounded out in the first. Union's Landen Wood reached on an error and Braden Merrill and Devin Layton both singled to load the bases. Rutledge scooped up a groundball from Grady Davenport and pitched it to Tyler Tolbert at second to out Layton, then Tolbert sent it to Ward at first for a double play, but Wood made it home to draw first blood for the Redskins. Merrill scored next on a Greathouse fielding error as Ryan Farrell reached first, but the inning came to a close as Hector Carrillo lined out to Ty Fain in right field. 

Greathouse got the first hit of the game for the Sandites and survived three pick-off attempts but was ultimately stranded on second as Union came in to bat once more. 

Zach Ponio hit a home run over the left field fence to start the bottom of the second and Evan Jones hit a double into left field. Jones advanced to third on a passed ball, then was batted in by Cade Brown who in turn came in on a sacrifice by Merrill. The Sandites found themselves in a 5-0 hole and finally turned their bats on in the top of the third.

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Fain was walked, Tyler McCallie singled on a hard grounder to left field, Fain survived four different pick-off attempts, and Treyce Tolbert hit a home run to left field to close the gap to 5-3. Rutledge, Ward, and Greathouse all flied out, but the boys were back in action. Cordell walked two in the bottom of the inning, but put out Jones on a popup and catcher Joey Montgomery caught Davenport stealing to hold the Redskins scoreless.

Trevor Tolbert singled in the top of the fourth and survived two pick-off attempts to come home on a throw. Fain hit a double but was left stranded as McCallie struck out. The Redskins stranded one in the bottom of the inning.

Both teams put two on base in the fifth and scored none. Montgomery singled in the sixth but courtesy runner Mack Thompson was caught stealing second to end the inning with McCallie at bat. The Redskins pushed their lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth as Brown singled and stole his way around the bases before coming home on a passed ball. 

Sand Springs tied it up in the top of the seventh, however, as McCallie and Tolbert singled. McCallie was put out trying to take second, and Rutledge flew out, but that's when the magic happened. Ward hit a single and was replaced by Walton. Greathouse singled to score Treyce Tolbert, Taber singled to score Walton, and Terry relieved Cordell on the mound. Union flew out the first two batters of the seventh. Ponio singled with a hard grounder to left field and Bradyn Hall was walked, but Brown struck out looking and the Sandites were headed to extra innings for the first time this season.

In the eighth inning Montgomery singled and was replaced on base by Thompson who advanced to second on a Fain sacrifice and third on a McCallie single. Treyce Tolbert flied out to left field and McCallie was put out on second in a double-play, but not before Thompson made it home for the 7-6 lead. Terry gave up two singles to start and intentionally walked Davenport to load the bases, but struck out Layton and Farrell before Carrillo flew out to short and the save was secure. 

The Sandites will next take on the Bixby Spartans (8-1) Friday at 6:30. 

 

Sandite baseball wins fifth-straight with 8-5 victory at Bixby Tournament

Story and photo by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in- Chief

Brock Youngblood got his first win on the mound for the season in a 8-5 victory over Hilldale (4-7) in the Bixby tournament opener. The Hornets marked the fifth straight win for the Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (9-2).

Youngblood gave up a double to Dawson Hogner in the first inning, but struck out Issac Isham and the next two batters flew out. Treyce Tolbert flew out to center field, but Rhett Rutledge tripled and came in on a sacrifice fly by Jake Ward for an early 1-0 advantage. Bryce Barrett walked Sandite-of-the-Week Hunter Greathouse and Josh Taber, but a fielder's choice put out Taber at second on a Trevor Tolbert groundball. 

Hilldale tied things up in the top of the second. Youngblood struck out Cody Walker and Dalton Folsom grounded out to third, but Morgan doubled with a center field fly and his courtesy runner came home on a passed ball.

Neither team landed a hit in their next at bats, but the Sandites broke open the game in the bottom of the third with four hits and five runs. Treyce Tolbert singled to start, Rutledge walked, and Ward singled to load the bases. All three advanced on a wild pitch that scored Tolbert, then Hunter Greathouse doubled to score Rutledge and Ward. Taber struck out and Trevor Tolbert was put out on a left field fly, but Mack Thompson was walked and Greathouse stole third with Joey Montgomery at bat. Montgomery smacked a double to score Greathouse and Thompson, then took third on a passed ball, but was left stranded as Jake Terry got put out at first on a dropped third strike. The explosive inning came to a close with the Sandites leading 6-1.

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The Sandites nearly got in trouble of giving up their lead in the fourth as they gave up two singles, one by error, with one out. Youngblood picked off one runner at first, then struck Morgan with the pitch for a walk. Barrett doubled to score Walker, but the offensive came to a close as Kobe Kuykendall struck out swinging and the Sandites held a 6-2 advantage.

Treyce Tolbert walked to start the bottom of the fourth. Ward also walked but was outed on a fielder's choice to single Greathouse, and Taber was hit by pitch to load the bases with two outs. Barrett walked in Treyce as Trevor Tolbert reached base on balls, but Trevor was put out at second on a Thompson grounder.

Neither team scored in the fifth, despite the Sandites landing two on base. Jake Ward caught a fly out in foul territory in the sixth, then put out Walker on a groundball to Rutledge at short. Youngblood struck out his fourth batter of the game and the Sandites came in to score another run.

Rutledge reached on an error, Ward was hit-by-pitch, and Greathouse singled to score Rutledge. Josh Taber sacrificed to advance the runners and Trevor Tolbert walked to load the bases, but all three would be left stranded as Thompson struck out swinging and Montgomery grounded out to short.

 The Hornets were nearly handed another comeback attempt in the top of the seventh. After the first two batters were put out, the next three were walked to load the bases. Bailey Puckett doubled to score Kuykendall and Isham, and Hogner advanced home on a throw to make it 8-5. Their hopes were dashed on the next at-bat, however, as Aaron Sanders flew out to Treyce Toblert in centerfield and the Sandites secured their fifth-straight victory.

Sandites split at Bixby, girls win 2-1, boys fall 2-0

Story and Photo by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity soccer teams are on two different paths right now.

The Varsity girls have amassed a 4-1 record this season, shutting out three opponents and mercy-ruling East Central 10-0 in only 23:00. Their only loss is 1-0 to Metro Christian (4-1). The girls rebounded from the Metro Christian loss with a 5-0 shutout of the Enid Pacers (2-1) and a 2-1 victory over the Bixby Lady Spartans (1-2). 

The boys, meanwhile, are sitting a 1-4, with their lone victory coming in a 4-0 shutout of Muskogee (0-4). From there they gave up losses of 4-0 to Metro Christian (4-1), 5-1 to Enid (3-1), and 2-0 to Bixby (1-3). 

The Spartans came into the Tuesday night match winless with losses to Bishop Kelley, Booker T, and Jenks, but finally found the win column with a pair of goals from Daniel Quiroga and Hunter Haugland. 

Like the girls game, the boys went into the second half scoreless on both sides, though it was the Spartans doing most of the pressing. Haugland got a sneaky corner shot halfway through the first half and instead of the keeper, it was Kristian Fairchild with the desperate save. 

Alex Hernandez took a shot with 19:02 left and landed it on top of the net. With 15:42 remaining, a Spartan shot narrowly swung wide and the home team continued the offensive press giving Edgar Soberano a pair of saves including a header with 0:42 left. 

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Quiroga got the first goal of the game less than a minute into the second half, sending it into the top right corner for the first lead of the game. Jake Deloache nearly added another point a minute later but landed just a little bit wide. Haugland picked up where Deloache left off, however, and gave his team a 2-0 advantage four minutes later. 

There were a couple of close calls deep in the box at 28:16 from a bouncing ball that ultimately made its way over the goal. Less than a minute later Seth Ryan sent a shot high center. 

Worake Guy missed a pair of shots, one that was completely unguarded and would have been in had it not been a hair high, then another close miss minutes later. Miles Miller and Logan Cherry each took shots of their own but neither came close. 

Andrew Morrison set up Kaleb Brooks with a good look at 8:55 remaining, but the Spartan keeper snagged the save. The Sandites put forth their best offensive effort of the night in the final ten minutes, but were unable to rally despite several shots including an extremely close highball from Morrison. 

Kayla Foster and Kyndal Zicker score 2-1 victory over Bixby Lady Spartans

Story and photo by: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Varsity girls have amassed a 4-1 record this season, shutting out three opponents and mercy-ruling East Central 10-0 in only 23:00. Their only loss is 1-0 to Metro Christian (4-1). Before Spring break the girls rebounded from the Metro Christian loss with a 5-0 shutout of the Enid Pacers (2-1) and a 2-1 victory over the Bixby Lady Spartans (1-2)

Kayla Foster has been the driving force in the last few games, scoring hat tricks against East Central and Enid. Foster, a senior Missouri University of Science and Technology signee, scored one goal in the Tuesday night victory, and Kyndal Zicker, a junior, scored one as well. 

It was a slow starter at the Bixby High School Soccer Complex. Zicker was deep in the box 4:00 in and actually got past the keeper, but some fancy footwork from a Spartan defender managed to sneak the ball back out to avert the Sandite score.

Kayla Foster took a sweet shot with 14:00 left but the keeper got a fantastic diving save and Sand Springs wouldn’t get another look till the second half. The Lady Spartans had a strong tailwind in their favor and spent the bulk of the first half in Sandite territory, but was unable to capitalize thanks to four great saves by Abigail Banks.

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The second half should have been to the Sandites’ favor due to the wind, but it was actually the Lady Spartans who brought the strong offensive press, getting several close looks in the first ten minutes. Ally Spriggs took a hard close shot at the Sandite net that Banks barely deflected but quickly snatched up.

Mia Kitterman took an unguarded shot off an assist from older sister Ashlyn Kitterman that went slightly wide. Ashlyn Kitterman raced the keeper to the ball mere yards from the goal minutes later but was beat out.

11:00 into the half Brooklyn Eardley set up Foster deep in the box but the keeper dove right into the kick for the save. Less than a minute later, however, Foster finally got her shot and the Lady Sandites took the first lead of the game.

The veil over the goals had been lifted and next it was Ashlyn Kitterman finally finding her way into the goal with the game-tying shot seven minutes later. Zicker reclaimed the lead for Sand Springs 1:30 later and the Spartans would spend the next several minutes fighting desperately for a goal. Foster sent a free kick right into the keeper’s arms and the Spartans refused to give the ball back up.

Banks narrowly snagged a shot at the corner by Spriggs at 22:52 and Ashlyn Kitterman sent a hard high shot off the corner just three minutes later. The Spartans got off another pair of shots inside the final 10:00 and Banks got her fifth and sixth saves of the half. The Sandites kept the ball in midfield for the duration and nearly finished 3-1 as Zicker took another shot moments near the buzzer, but the ball went wide and the girls settled for a 2-1 victory and their fourth win of the season. 

 

9 Sandites remain at State, only slightly behind Broken Arrow and Choctaw

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By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The remaining Sandites have about an hour long break before the next round begins at the 6A State Championship in Oklahoma City. 

Charles Page wrestling qualified eleven for the tournament with seven Regional Champions, more than either Broken Arrow or the Dual State Champions from Choctaw. Unfortunately 220 pound junior and Regional Champion Delvin Jordan was unable to participate dropping the number to nine. 

106 freshman Riley Weir (20-12) came in third at Regionals and was pitted against Choctaw's Colt Newton (40-3) in the first round and was pinned in 0:41. From there he was majored 14-4 by Yukon's Braden Fowler and eliminated. 

113 Regional Champion Michael Ritchey (22-16) was defeated in round one by Westmoore's Wes Hardin (31-11) by a narrow 5-2 decision but managed to hold the lead in the next match for a 5-3 victory over Spencer Schickram (14-9) of Ponca City. 

120 Regional Champion Blake Sargent (36-10) went into overtime with Zackery Bibb (24-5) of Capitol Hill and lost 4-2 in the tie breaker round. He fell in an early hole to Justin Gundlach (29-11) of Moore and trailed 3-2 going into the final period, but rallied for a takedown and pin at 5:14 to stay alive in the consolation bracket. 

126 two-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix (44-0) pinned Bobby Robinson (30-13) of Deer Creek in 1:37.

132 Regional Champion Jack Karstetter (38-7) breezed through his first match with a 17-2 tech fall over Norman's Jeffrey Adams (23-12) in 5:42.  

138 Regional Champion Beau Bratcher (40-6) pinned Choctaw's Jeff Speer (23-10) in 4:48. 

145 Regional Champion Payton Scott (18-4) pinned Westmoore's Trey Painter (32-10) in 3:52.  

160 Regional Runner-Up Zane Basma (32-11) scored an 8-3 decision over Sam Hensley (31-13) of Edmond Memorial.  

170 Trace Fleischman (10-4) placed fourth at Regionals but rebounded big time at State with a 3-1 upset of West Regional Champion Jacob Schimmels (23-6) of Edmond. 

The top three teams are as close now as they have been all season with Broken Arrow at 25.5, Choctaw at 25, and Sand Springs at 23.5.  

The semi finals will begin at 7:15.