CPHS Wrestling: Sandites throttle Bixby 75-6 with eight pins

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The Class 6A No. 5 ranked Charles Page High School wrestling team (13-3) secured their biggest win of the year at Tuesday night’s Homecoming dual, recording eight pins in a 75-6 rout of Bixby (0-10).

Brendon Wiseley (13-7, 14-7) received a forfeit at 106, Carter Young (33-1) pinned Aidan Kirkland in 39 seconds, and Seth Jones (23-12, 25-15) pinned Jacob Burdette in 23 seconds for an 18-0 lead.

Blake Sargent (10-4, 99-29) took on Ainsley Lane in the only match of the night that went the distance. He recorded a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second. He spent most of the match working on a pin before changing strategy midway through the third and trying to score points. He scored two more takedowns in the final minute but was held to a 10-3 decision.

Irwin Portillo (25-16, 31-21) restarted the pinning streak, finishing off Gavin Southern in 1:10. Scott Patton (23-16, 30-18) pinned Braden Bickle in 1:23, Colby Heckencamp (3-4) pinned Derek VanDyke in 2:58, Chris Kirby (17-6) pinned Ryan Statler in 24 seconds, Kaleb Tabor (20-10) pinned Christian Brylewski in 1:25, and Dayvon Taylor (17-17) pinned Andrew Plumlee in 2:42.

Chad Moore picked up the only points of the night for Bixby by receiving a forfeit at 182. Josh Fincannon (10-4) received a forfeit at 195, Gage Fain (16-7, 55-45) received a forfeit at 220, and Robert Parrish (3-11) received a forfeit at heavyweight to end the night.

The dual was the last of the year for Bixby, who will return to action at the Regional Tournament Friday the 16th in Broken Arrow.

The Sandites will travel to Firelake Arena in Shawnee this Friday to take on No. 4 Mustang (18-3) at 6:00 p.m. in the Dual State Championship quarterfinals. The Sandites are the defending Dual State Champions and won 25 straight duals before falling 43-25 to No. 1 Broken Arrow (9-1) in January.

9X Sandite of the Week: Daton Fix makes Dual Nationals All-Tournament Team

Daton Fix pins his foe during a dual against Enid. Click here to view the full gallery.

Two Sand Springs wrestlers competed on the Oklahoma Freestyle Junior Dual Team this weekend at the USA Wrestling Dual Nationals. Daton Fix, a four-time State Champion signed to Oklahoma State University, went undefeated to make the All-Tournament team. Riley Weir, a State Champion with two seasons left in high school, also went undefeated, but didn’t wrestle enough matches to qualify for the All-Tournament Team.

Fix and Weir are two of five folkstyle State Champions from this year’s Charles Page High School wrestling squad. They helped their team attain its first State Title since 1971. Click here to view our special edition magazine commemorating the season.

While folkstyle wrestling is only practiced in American high schools and colleges, freestyle is an international style that can be found in the Olympics.

The 2017 Junior Duals were held at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Tulsa. 36 teams from 26 states competed in the event, and Minnesota claimed the title with a 33-31 victory over Illinois.

Illinois continued their streak of three-straight Runner-Up finishes, while Oklahoma placed fourth. The Oklahoma Outlaws placed seventh last year and won the title in 2015 and 2014.

Oklahoma went undefeated on day one, taking first place in Pool C and earning their way into the Gold Pool.

The Outlaws defeated North Dakota Red 70-2 in their first dual. Weir pinned Devin Schulz in 1:08 and Fix pinned Austin Hendrickson in 1:13. In the next round they prevailed 53-11 over Nebraska Blue and Fix teched Trevor Fauver 10-0. Finally they topped New Jersey 44-13. Both Sandites had nationally-ranked opponents, but neither gave up a single point. Weir teched No. 5 State Champion Anthony Clark 10-0 and Fix teched No. 6 National Champion Zach Sherman 11-0.

In the Gold Pool the Okies soundly defeated Michigan Blue 42-22. Weir pinned No. 16 two-time State Champion Ben Kamali in 1:13 and Fix teched Drew Martin 10-0. Next to fall was Missouri by a final score of 58-9 thanks in part to a 10-0 tech fall by Fix against two-time State Champion Cameron Valdiviez.

The win-streak finally came to an end at the hands of Minnesota, 40-26, despite Weir’s 14-1 victory over Max Crowe, and Fix’s pin of two-time State Champion Brent Jones in 0:51. They lost their next dual as well, 40-23 to Ohio, despite a 10-0 victory by Fix over Hunter Kosco.

Fix is currently ranked first in the nation at the 132-pound weight class and pound-for-pound by Flowrestling. He hasn’t lost a freestyle match since September of 2016 at the Junior World Championships in Macone, France, where he took Bronze. He finished his high school career undefeated.

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

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

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

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

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

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

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

CPHS Baseball: Treyce Tolbert scores 2RBI home run to top Bixby 6-5

CPHS Senior Treyce Tolbert hit a 2RBI home run to give Sand Springs the lead. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

CPHS Senior Treyce Tolbert hit a 2RBI home run to give Sand Springs the lead. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Varsity Baseball team (9-7 overall, 2-4 district) picked up their second district win of the season Tuesday night, 6-5 over the Bixby Spartans (6-10, 2-3). The teams split wins with Bixby beating Sand Springs 3-1 the night before.

The Spartans took a significant lead early in the game, but the Sandites battled right back before Treyce Tolbert switched the score with a 2RBI home run in the bottom of the fifth. 

Josh Taber made the first hit of the game in the bottom of the first but was left stranded, then Bixby put the Sandites on their toes in the top of the second. Senior pitcher Hunter Greathouse (2-2) hit the first two batters with the pitch, then gave up a single to Matthew Henderson to load the bases with no outs. He made up for it right away, however, striking out Jake Bennett and Coby Tillman. Tre Waggnor grounded out on the next play and the Sandites saved the inning.

They wouldn't be as fortunate the next time around, however.

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Bixby started the third inning with three-straight walks, then Cole Parker and Tucker Pawley scored on an error at shortstop. Nic Swanson scored on a sacrifice by Jeremy Goodwin, then Henderson hit a double.

Brock Youngblood (1-2) took over on the mound and gave up a single to Bennett to score Justin Smith, then struck out Tillman and caught a pop up from Waggnor to bring an end to the melee.

Next, it was the Sandites' turn to wreak havoc at the plate.

Ty Steelman walked, took second on a sacrifice from Kameron Adcock, then scored on a single from Taber. Mack Thompson brought in Taber with a double, then Tolbert scored Thompson with a double. Youngblood made his first plate appearance of the season and hit a single to score Tolbert to cut the deficit to 5-4.

It was a no-hitter for both teams in the fourth inning, but in the fifth Thompson drew a walk and scored on Tolbert's home run for the lead. 

Youngblood got the win on the mound, giving up only two hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

The Sandites will return to action Friday with a Highway 97 Rivalry game against Sapulpa (9-5) at 4:30 p.m. Sapulpa previously defeated the Sandites 1-0 in their season-opener. 

CPHS Boys' Soccer falls 2-1 to Booker T. Washington in PK shootout

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Boys' Soccer Team (3-4 overall, 0-1 district) traveled to Booker T. Washington High School (4-1, 1-0) for their first district match of the season Tuesday night and played their longest game of the year thus far. The battle went into double-overtime with a lightning delay and eventually ended in a shootout.

The first half saw heavy defense with each team only getting off four shots apiece. All four of the Hornets' shots went wide or high, but Ignacio Garcia was just a tad off, connecting with the top post. Logan Jeffus scored the lone goal of the half with six minutes remaining.

The second half was an offensive melee by the home team, out-shooting the Sandites ten to one. Fortunately for Sand Springs, only four were on goal and only one went in. Grant King tied the game in the 59th minute of regulation. 

The Sandites didn't get off a single shot in either overtime period, but they played outstanding defense, giving up only two shots to King that were well off goal. Following a thirty-minute lightning delay, the second overtime period went the way of the first. Damola Olaniran took the lone shot from forty yards deep, but goalie Edgar Soberano handily pulled in the save.

With the score still tied, the game went to penalty kicks. Dax Hayes, Max Pettit, King, and Alan Velasquez made their shots for the Hornets, but Jaden Weiser, Garcia, Logan Jeffus, and Gustavo Saldana made four for the Sandites to force a sudden-victory shootout.

Olaniran, Henry Allen, and Tim James made the first three goals for Washington, while Alex Hernandez and Kristian Fairchild sank the first two for Sand Springs. Gabe Jeffus's shot was saved, however, and the Hornets notched their first district win.

The Sandites will return to action Friday night in Enid (1-4) for a non-district match at 8:00 p.m.

Sandite Baseball hammers Hillcrest 13-1, goes undefeated at Bruin Classic

CPHS senior Mack Thompson led the Sandites with three hits and three RBI in a 13-1 run-rule victory at the Bruin Wood Bat Classic. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

CPHS senior Mack Thompson led the Sandites with three hits and three RBI in a 13-1 run-rule victory at the Bruin Wood Bat Classic. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Runs: CPHS 13, Hill 1.
Hits: CPHS 12, Hill 1.
Errors: CPHS 1, Hill 4.
LOB: CPHS 5, Hill 3.

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Varsity Baseball team (8-6 overall, 1-3 district) competed at the Bruin Wood Bat Classic this weekend and went undefeated in the festival-style tournament. 

Sand Springs is on a four-game winning streak after picking up their first district win against Moore High School (4-5, 1-3) last Tuesday. They followed it up with a 4-0 shutout of Parkhill Christian Academy (3-5), then defeated Rogers, Arkansas (2-4) 4-1 and Hillcrest High School (6-3) 13-1.

SEE RELATED: Sandite Baseball wins two-straight at Bruin Wood Bat Classic

The Sandites jumped out to an early lead against Hillcrest, scoring five runs in the first inning. Mack Thompson started things off with a single to score Josh Taber, who reached on an error and stole second. Treyce Tolbert and Hunter Greathouse walked to load the bases, then Braden Askew doubled to score Thompson and Tolbert. Cale Savage singled to score Greathouse, then Cal Watkins singled to score Askew. 

The Screamin' Eagles landed one hit in the first inning, but couldn't advance the runner, and Sandite pitcher Braden Millican (1-0) struck out the side in the second. 

Sand Springs had another explosive inning in the top of the third. Savage singled, then outran a fielder's choice and was joined on base by Watkins. Ty Steelman reached on an error to load the bases. Kameron Adcock reached on an error to score Savage, then Taber singled to score Watkins and Steelman. Thompson singled to score courtesy runner Garrett McCallie and Tolbert singled to score Taber for the 10-0 lead. 

Hillcrest scored their lone run in the bottom of the third on an error, but Sand Springs added three more in the top of the fourth. 

Savage reached on error and scored on a single from Watkins. Watkins scored on a single from Adcock, then McCallie scored the final run of the game on a double from Thompson. 

Brock Youngblood (0-2) relieved Millican on the mound in the bottom of the fifth and pitched one strikeout with no walks or hits. Millican gave up only one hit and two walks in his four innings on the mound and struck out three batters.

The Sandites will return to action Monday with a district road game against Bixby High School (5-6, 1-2) at 5:00 p.m. 

Cody Gurley scores hat trick in 5-4 loss to Coweta; Sandites place 6th at Stillwater Cup

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Boys' Soccer team (3-3) competed at the Stillwater Cup tournament this weekend and took sixth place with one win and two losses.

In the first round the Sandites were defeated 3-1 by Ponca City (3-2) with the lone goal coming from Cody Gurley. In the consolations they picked up a 2-0 victory over Choctaw (1-4) with goals from Kaiden Cox and Ignacio Garcia. In the placement match they jumped out to a 3-1 lead against Coweta (4-1) before the Tigers fought their way back for a last minute win.

Senior forward Cody Gurley was first on the scoreboard, scoring on an assist from Logan Jeffus in the 6th minute. Gabe Reed tied it up two minutes later, but Gurley responded just twelve seconds after that for a brace. The offensive onslaught continued till Gustavo Saldana scored his first goal of the season with a minute left till halftime for a 3-1 lead.

The second half was an entirely different story, however, as the Tigers struck just five minutes into the half. Daniel Fernandez kicked the game-tying shot in the 49th minute, then Gurley reclaimed the lead with a hat trick goal in the 57th minute. 

Cameron Eaves was next in the scorebook for Coweta, tying it back up in the 67th minute, then recorded a brace with the game-winning shot in the 77th minute. 

Garcia gave the Sandites one last opportunity with a corner kick in the final seconds, but the ball deflected up and over the goal and the Tigers secured the win. 

Sand Springs will return to action with a Tuesday night road game at Booker T. Washington (2-1) to kick off district play.

Lady Sandites win double-header at Sapulpa; Jensen Arnold hits grand slam

Rachel Jones led the Lady Sandites with three runs in their season opener. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Rachel Jones led the Lady Sandites with three runs in their season opener. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Slow-Pitch Softball team (2-0) started the season with a pair of wins in a double-header against their Highway 97 rivals from Sapulpa (0-7) Tuesday evening. 

Ten Lady Sandites made it in the scorebook in the first game, led by Jensen Arnold (2-0) on the mound.

Arnold landed the first hit of the game with a line drive double to left field, scoring Kimi Presnell who drew a walk. They added two more runs in the second inning as Sabrina Usher scored on a hit by Felicity Horn and Presnell singled to score Rachel Jones. Jones scored again in the fourth inning on a ground ball from Mackenzie Bechtold for a 4-0 lead.

Sapulpa finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a double from Blakely Alden to score Taylor Acree. Jessica Hobbs doubled in the next inning to score Ally Zanca and Justise Wade and cut the deficit to 4-3, but Sand Springs tacked on four more runs in the sixth.

Makenna Skaggs scored on an error, then Elizabeth Luttrell and Cameron Clemons scored on a single from Bechtold. Jones added her third run of the game on a error.

Jacie Taber scored on a fly ball from Luttrell for the final score of 9-3 and the Chieftains stranded loaded bases in the bottom of the seventh. Arnold pitched all seven innings and gave up ten hits, two walks, and two earned runs.

Arnold was the star of the show in the second game, once again getting the win on the mound, and hitting the first grand slam of the season.

Horn was first to score, reaching on a single and coming home on a single from Madelyn Blair. Presnell and Taber also singled to load the bases and Arnold brought the lot of them home with the first home run of the season to take a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

Bechtold (0-0) got the start on the mound and pitched the first two innings, giving up eight hits, two walks, and five earned runs. Hobbs doubled to score Zanca, Kali Husman doubled to score Wade and Hobbs, and Azelea Foggleman singled to score Husman to cut it to 5-4.

Clemons singled, Horn walked, and both scored on a double from Presnell in the top of the second. Presnell made it 8-4 on an error. Once again, Sapulpa cut it right back down to a one-run game in the bottom of the inning. Trinity Mosquito singled and scored on a double from Zanda, then Zanca and Acree both scored on a double from Wade to make it 8-7.

Arnold went back to action in the third with a double and scored on a ground ball from Skaggs, who reached on error. Skaggs scored on a home run from Sabrina Usher to make it 11-7.

Arnold took over on the mound in the top of the third and the Sandites held Sapulpa to their first scoreless inning. Sand Springs continued to rack up the offense in the top of the fourth as Skaggs doubled to score Bechtold and Blair, and Usher doubled to score Arnold and Skaggs.

Hobbs hit a home run for Sapulpa in the bottom of the fourth, but was the only one to score. Clemons scored on a catcher's error in the top of the fifth to double the Chieftains 16-8.

Sapulpa went to work in the bottom of the fifth. 

Acree singled to score Alden, Hobbs singled to score Mosquito and Acree, and Husman sacrificed to score Zanca and cut the deficit to 16-12. Sand Springs added one run in the sixth as Arnold scored on a hit by Jones.

The Sandites held Sapulpa to a runless sixth inning, and gave themselves a massive lead in the top of the seventh. Horn, Presnell, and Taber all walked to load the bases with no outs. Bechtold doubled to score all three, then came home on a single from Skaggs. Skaggs scored soon after on a single from Jones for a ten-run margin.

The Chieftains gave it their best shot and Husman hit a homer to score Acree and Hobbs, but those would be the only runs they could find and they suffered a 22-15 defeat.

Arnold pitched five innings and gave up twelve hits, six earned runs, and three walks.

CPHS Boys' Soccer falls 3-1 to Ponca City, Cody Gurley scores lone goal

CPHS Senior Cody Gurley scored his first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to Ponca City. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

CPHS Senior Cody Gurley scored his first goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to Ponca City. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Boys' Soccer team (2-2) took on the Ponca City Wildcats (2-1) in the first round of the Stillwater Cup Friday afternoon at Pioneer Stadium and were defeated 3-1.

SEE RELATED: Lady Sandite Soccer notches first win 3-0 over Enid at Stillwater Cup

Mitchel Wilson scored on the first shot of the game for the Wildcats, just a minute and a half into the match. 

Sand Springs went on a run from there getting off the next five shots over eight minutes. Two were deflected, two were saved by Dereck Jernigan, but the fifth sailed true. Senior forward Cody Gurley connected on the game-tying shot in the ninth minute. 

Ponca didn't take long to retaliate, however, as Zach Martin bounced a corner kick off Wilson's chest and into the goal just two minutes later.

Both teams took a trio of shots apiece over the duration of the half, but the Wildcats held on to the 2-1 lead at halftime.

Gabe Jeffus took a phenomenal 35-yard shot early in the second half that headed perfectly for the top corner, but Jernigan was sharp on his feet and hauled in the save. Instead, it was the Wildcats who found the net, once again off a corner kick for a 3-1 lead.

The Sandite offense never slowed down, taking eleven shots in the final thirty minutes, but only a few were on target. The strong Sandite backfield kept Ponca from getting off more than a single shot in that time period, but the Wildcats held up defensively as well and prevailed 3-1.

Edgar Soberano got the start at goalie and pulled in one save before being relieved at halftime by sophomore Ethan Tippit. Tippit also recorded one save.

The Sandites return to action Saturday at 12:20 against Choctaw (1-3). The Yellowjackets fell 7-0 to Stillwater in their quarterfinal. The game will be held at Oklahoma State University's Colvin Recreational Soccer Fields. The winner of that game will play for fifth place at 5:20 p.m. in Pioneer Stadium, while the loser will play for seventh place at 5:20 p.m. in Colvin Fields.

The Girls' team will be playing in the semifinals at 10:40 a.m. against undefeated Coweta (3-0) who rolled over previously undefeated Ponca City (3-1) 5-1 in their quarterfinal. The winner of that game will play for first place at Pioneer Stadium, while the loser will play for third at Colvin Fields. Both games will be at 7:00 p.m.

Lady Sandite Soccer notches first win 3-0 over Enid at Stillwater Cup

CPHS Senior Kyndal Zicker led her team with two goals in the 3-0 victory. (Photo: Emigh).

CPHS Senior Kyndal Zicker led her team with two goals in the 3-0 victory. (Photo: Emigh).

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Girls' Soccer team (1-3) notched their first win of the season in the first round of the Stillwater Cup against the Enid Pacers (0-3). Junior goalie Abigail Banks recorded her first clean-sheet of the season with eight saves over the course of the match.

The Sandites struggled with a heavy 20 mph headwind throughout the first half and were limited to four shots on goal. Two missed outright, one was deflected by the Enid keeper, and one sailed true but was nullified as kicker Kyndal Zicker was ruled offside. Enid took advantage of their strong tailwind and kept the Sandites on their end of the field for the majority of the half, racking up 11 shots. Most were well off target, but Banks did pick up four saves.

The two teams entered the second half scoreless, but the Sandites were no longer at odds with the weather and played a far more aggressive offense. 

Enid still made plenty of plays and got off eight shots, but couldn't press nearly as hard as they did in the first half. Sand Springs finally got on the scoreboard in the 49th minute with a goal from Slovakian foreign exchange student Eliska Dodokova. 

Kyndal Zicker added another goal just three minutes later, then made it a brace in the 62nd minute. The Lady Sandites eased up from there, taking only two more shots over the remainder of the match. Banks picked up four saves in the second half as well and the Sandites secured their first win of the season, 3-0.

Sand Springs will return to action Saturday at 10:40 a.m. against the winner of Ponca City (3-0) vs Coweta (2-0). That match will be played at Oklahoma State University's Colvin Recreation Fields on the southeast field. The winner of that match will play in the finals at 7:00 p.m. in Pioneer Stadium, while the loser will play for third place at 7:00 p.m. at Colvin Fields.

Sandite Baseball wins two-straight at Bruin Wood Bat Classic

CPHS senior Hunter Greathouse pitched ten strikeouts in a shutout win over Parkhill Christian Academy. (Photo: Emigh).

CPHS senior Hunter Greathouse pitched ten strikeouts in a shutout win over Parkhill Christian Academy. (Photo: Emigh).

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Varsity Baseball team (7-6) notched their second and third straight wins in the first day of the Bruin Wood Bat Classic Thursday to get back to a winning record for the season. Braden Askew (1-2) got his first win on the mound in a 4-1 morning victory over Rogers, Arkansas (2-4), while Hunter Greathouse (3-2) pitched a 4-0 victory over Parkhill Christian Academy (3-5) later that night. 

The Sandites jumped out to an early lead against Rogers as Treyce Tolbert and Greathouse both reached on errors and Askew singled to score Tolbert. Greathouse came in on a single from Cale Savage, but the team stranded loaded bases as Ty Steelman struck out swinging.

Rogers got on the board in the bottom of the first with a home run from Grayson Lee, but it would be their only run of the game. 

Sand Springs had another hot inning in the fourth with a double from Cal Watkins and a single from Steelman, but Watkins was outed on a fielder's choice and Steelman was left stranded. They found their feet in the fifth, however, as Mack Thompson doubled and scored on a Greathouse single, then Greathouse scored on a hit from Savage.

Tolbert had the biggest hit among the Sandites with a triple in the seventh, but was caught stealing home. Rogers stranded one in the bottom of the seventh and the Sandites secured the win.

Askew pitched all seven innings for the Sandites, giving up only four hits and two walks against five strikeouts.

Greathouse pitched his first shutout of the season against the Pueblo, Colorado private school, going the distance on the mound with ten strikeouts against three walks and two hits. He also recorded a team-high three hits and one RBI in the win.

Two of Greathouse's walks came in the first inning as he was still getting warmed up, but he also struck out three batters in the inning to strand the two runners. 

Both teams stranded players throughout the first four innings, but the Sandites didn't hit paydirt till the top of the fifth. Steelman reached on an error, stole second and third, then outran a fielder's choice to score on a bunt from Kylar Copeland. 

The Sandites put distance on their foes in the top of the seventh as Tolbert singled to score Josh Taber, Greathouse singled to score Thompson, and Tolbert scored on a passed ball.

Greathouse walked one and struck one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Thompson sent a ground ball to Watkins at second, who then passed to Savage at first for a double play to end the game.

Lady Sandite Soccer edged out 1-0 by Muskogee

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Girls' Soccer Team (0-3) hosted undefeated Muskogee High School (4-0) in a Thursday night non-district match at Memorial Stadium. The visitors scored midway through the first half and held on for the one-goal shutout.

Muskogee came out hot from the start with shots from Terah Bryson and Goldie King before Alexandra Hughart finally connected for the lone goal of the game in the 20th minute. The Lady Sandites didn't get off any close shots in the first half, hampered by a heavy headwind that pinned them in their own box for most of the half. Goalkeeper Abigail Banks hauled in five saves.

The Sandites owned most of the offense in the second half with Eliska Dodokova striking first in the 45th minute. Muskogee keeper Hailey Miller was sharp throughout the half, however, recording five saves against shots from Dodokova, Kyndal Zicker, Sybil West, and Madison Metcalfe for a clean sheet. Muskogee only got off one shot in the second half, from Kylie McKinney, but Banks hauled in her sixth save of the night.

Miller recorded her second clean sheet of the season, but Banks had the most saves and held the Roughers to a season-low offensively. Muskogee previously averaged four goals per game. 

Both teams will return to action Friday at the Stillwater Cup. Sand Springs will play Enid (0-2) at 12:00 p.m. in Pioneer Stadium, while Muskogee will play Verdigris (2-1) at 3:20 p.m. on Southeast Colvin Field at Oklahoma State University. 

Sandite of the Week: Cale Savage scores 4 RBI at Best of the West tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page High School sophomore Cale Savage was selected as Sandite of the Week for March 12-18 for his outstanding batting performance over four games at the Best of the West tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Savage went to the plate twice in a 6-2 win over Sunnyslope High School. He singled on the first pitch of the fifth and scored on a single by Mack Thompson. He also drew a walk in the sixth, but was left stranded. 

He made four plate appearances the next day in an 8-5 victory over Liberty High School. His first was a strikeout, but he snapped back with singles in the fifth and sixth innings. He never crossed home in that game, but did bat in Hunter Greathouse on a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The Sandites suffered a 17-8 loss to nationally-ranked Sunrise Mountain later that evening, but Savage more than did his part. He was hit by pitch in the first inning and stole second, but was stranded there. He walked on loaded bases in the third inning to score Treyce Tolbert, but was put out at third base, then singled in the fifth but was left stranded on third. 

They got back in the win column the next day with a 10-6 victory over Fossil Ridge. Savage singled in the first inning but was left stranded. He singled in the third inning to score Greathouse, sacrificed in the fifth inning, then singled in the sixth inning to score Braden Askew. He was also in on a double play in that game.

The Sandites are 5-6 on the season and will return to action this Friday at the Collinsville Tournament. 

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Sandite Tennis places fourteenth at Union Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School tennis team recently competed at the Union March Invitational. Both the Boys' and Girls' teams tied for fourteenth place.

Dakota Mitchell competed in Boys' #1 Singles and took eleventh place with wins over Lane Hutchison of Broken Arrow and Colton Wion of Henryetta. Connor Coney competed in #2 Singles and took twelfth place. He defeated Josiah Frisbee of Oklahoma Bible Academy.

Logan Bateman and Quintin Wimer took fifteenth place in #1 Doubles with a win over the Stillwater team. Caleb Bundy and Brock Smith took fourteenth place in #2 Doubles, also defeating Stillwater.

Abigail McGhee completed in Girls' #1 Singles and placed thirteenth with wins over Sophie Frasier of Booker T. Washington and Libby Roark of Stillwater. 

Delaney Blaylock and Hallie West competed in #1 Doubles and took twelfth place with a win over the Stillwater team. Betsy Almarez and Alesha Milsap placed sixteenth in #2 Doubles.

Four Sandite Seniors compete in All-Star showcase, dominate Arkansas State Champs

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Four Charles Page High School seniors haven't slowed down a bit since concluding their high school careers last month at the OSSAA 6A State Tournament.

Daton Fix, Jack Karstetter, Zane Basma, and Delvin Jordan competed for Team Oklahoma at the Battle of the Bad in Miami, Oklahoma, and won seven of their eight matches.

In the semifinal dual Oklahoma handily defeated Arkansas 57-10 and all four Sandites won their matches. Fix wrestled at 126 pounds and pinned two-time State Champion Michael Crockett in 4:08 for an 18-0 team lead. Karstetter scored a 21-8 major decision against State Champion Chance McCrary at 138 pounds for a 25-0 team lead. Basma wrestled at 160 and pinned three-time State Champion Jimmy Noel for a 31-10 team lead. Jordan competed at heavyweight and scored a 10-1 major decision over two-time State-placer Tim Wooten. 

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In the Championship round Kansas took a 10-0 lead against Oklahoma before Fix teched three-time State Qualifier Darion Bailey 22-7. Karstetter cut the deficit to 10-8 with a 9-5 decision over three-time State Qualifier Levi Green. Kansas went on a run from there with four-straight victories including a close 8-4 decision by State Runner-Up Brandon Mlekus over Basma for a 28-8 advantage. Oklahoma won three-straight and the Okies trailed 28-20 with two matches left. Jordan won his match against State Runner-Up Deveron Duncan, but the 6-5 decision wasn't enough to keep Oklahoma in contention. Ultimately it didn't matter, as Kansas won the heavyweight match for a 34-23 victory. 

From there, Fix and Karstetter joined up with Team Border at the Missouri Border Brawl in St. Louis. Fix pinned Northwestern University-signed State Champion Colin Valdiviez in 3:46, but Karstetter fell 20-9 to Army-signed State Champion Taylor Brown.

Fix and Karstetter both won State Championships this past month, while Jordan was a Runner-Up and Basma also qualified for the tournament. Fix is signed to wrestle for Oklahoma State University, while Jordan will play football for Pittsburg State University. 

Sandite Baseball falls 17-8 in shootout with Sunrise Mountain

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity baseball team (3-5) had their best game of the season at the plate against Sunrise Mountain (7-3), but couldn't get it done on the mound and fell 17-8 in the fourth round of the Best of the West Tournament.

The Sandites broke .400 for the first time this year with nine hits, but gave up nineteen hits and went through four pitchers before settling on Braden Millican (0-0) in his varsity debut on the mound.

Senior Josh Taber hit a lead-off single for Sand Springs and was joined on the very next pitch by Mack Thompson. Taber was put out at home on a fielder's choice, but Thompson scored on a single from Braden Askew. Hunter Greathouse stole home soon after, and the Sandites took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the first.

It would be their only lead of the game, however. 

Askew (0-2) got the start and the loss on the mound and gave up a double to Tyler Pruitt, then walked Troy Balko. EJ Sua singled to score Pruitt, Caleb Thomason singled to load the bases, then Jacob Hamrick doubled to score all three runners. Hamrick came home soon after on a single from Alec Myers. The Mustangs took a 5-2 lead and Brock Youngblood (0-2) took over on the mound to finish out the inning.

Sunrise deepened the divide in the second inning with five hits for four runs. Sua doubled and scored on a triple from Thomason. Thomason scored on a triple from Hamrick, Hamrick scored on a double from Caden Albertson, and Albertson scored on a double from Myers for a 9-2 advantage. 

Riley Rutledge (0-0) gave up the run to Albertson before closing out the second. 

Sand Springs made a valiant effort at a comeback in the top of the third and came close to tying it up. Taber singled and scored on single from Greathouse. Treyce Tolbert was hit by pitch and Rutledge singled to load the bases with one out. 

Cale Savage was walked to score Tolbert, Kylar Copeland walked to score Greathouse, and Cal Watkins singled to score courtesy runner Lucas Adcock. Ty Steelman bunted to score courtesy runner Kameron Adcock, but was left stranded on the next play as Taber flied out leaving Sunrise Mountain still in the lead at 9-8.

The Mustangs cushioned their lead in the bottom of the inning as Daniel Partida singled, stole second, then scored on a catcher's error. Connor Dennis (0-0) made his season-debut on the mound after Rutledge walked Pruitt. Pruitt then scored on a double by Sua, who in turn scored on a single by Thomason to make it 12-8.

Millican went to the mound in the bottom of the fourth. Ethan Snodgrass scored on a single from Partida and Sua doubled to score Partida and Austin Sturgeon to make it 15-8. Joey Agate and Roman Carrillo scored on a single from Kody Decker for the final score of 17-8.

Millican spent two full innings on the mound, struck out two batters, walked one, and gave up four hits and only one earned run.

The Sandites will return to action Wednesday in the first round of bracket play.

Lady Sandite Dream Season comes to an end, 64-54 against No. 4 Deer Creek

DCHS 64 CPHS 54

1Q CPHS 17-7
2Q DCHS 18-5
3Q All 16-16
4Q DCHS 23-16

Free Throws: CPHS 16-of-27, DCHS 20-of-28.
Field Goals: CPHS 18-of-38, DCHS 20-of-46.
Fouls: CPHS 22, DCHS 19.

Scoring: (CPHS) Mutiri 16, Johnson 12, McGee 9, Pennington 9, Kersgieter 7, Wilson 1. (DCHS) Fields 20, Manning 16, Vann 10, Rehl 9, Blackburn 5, Mouser 3, Wade 1.

(CPHS Only)
Offensive Rebounds: Mutiri 3, Wilson 1, Johnson 1, McGee 1. 
Defensive Rebounds: Pennington 8, Mutiri 5, McGee 3, Taber 3, Johnson 2, Kersgieter 2.
Assists: Johnson 5, Kersgieter 2, McGee 1, Pennington 1, Taber 2, Regalado 1.
Blocks: Mutiri 5, Pennington 1. 
Steals: Kersgieter 3, Johnson 1.

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Girls' Basketball program has officially returned to the big leagues, making their first appearance at the Oral Roberts Mabee Center since 1994.

The third-ranked Lady Sandites (24-2) took on the fourth-ranked Deer Creek Antlers (26-2) and saw their dream season finally come to an end, despite outstanding performances from a mostly young team.

Sand Springs took an early and dominant lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Antlers were familiar with playing from a deficit. They trailed No. 6 Booker T. Washington (22-6) for much of their quarterfinal game before securing the seven-point win. Deer Creek played quick catch-up with a thirteen-point streak in the second quarter and the teams stayed in close proximity for the duration.

6'1" Ohio State Volleyball-commit Gloria Mutiri struck first off an assist from Destiny Johnson, then scored on a rebounded three from senior Kierra McGee and hit two from the charity stripe for a 6-2 Sandite lead. Kendall Blackburn was first on the board for the Lady Antlers, followed by a free throw from Hannah Wade, but then it was Mutiri right back in the action off an assist from Oklahoma State Softball-signed senior Sydney Pennington.

Sydney Manning posted two for Deer Creek, but McGee's next three-point attempt sailed true, Mutiri added one from the free throw line, then sophomore Holly Kersgieter scored on an assist from classmate Isabella Regalado. Lauren Fields hit her first basket of the night soon after, but McGee had the final say of the stanza from three point range for the 17-7 lead.

Kersgieter posted the first points of the second quarter after Deer Creek turned over their first possession, but Maddie Rehl and Skylar Vann scored the first back-to-back baskets of the game for the Antlers. Sand Springs turned over four-straight possession, allowing Vann to score back-to-back with herself, cutting the deficit to 19-13 before Brynn Mouser sank a two and Fields hit a three to narrow it to 19-18. Pennington missed a pair of free throws, McGee rebounded, but turned it over, and Vann scored through contact for the first Antler lead of the game.

The thirteen-straight scoring streak came to an end with a McGee free throw to tie it at 20-20, but Fields made both of her free throws to reclaim the advantage. McGee got another shot on a 1-1 and sank both, but fouled Rehl to give up one. The Sandites' last possession came up short and Blackburn iced the cake for the Antlers with a two-point shot as time expired.

Fields kicked off the second half on the opening possession, but Mutiri retaliated off a rebounded shot by Johnson. Manning and Johnson each went two-for-two from the charity stripe, broken up by another Mutiri field goal, cutting the gap to a single point at 29-28. 

The Antlers got busy from three-point range with baskets by Fields and Manning, but they also got busy fouling, giving up free throws to Pennington and Johnson, as well as a pair of turnovers, allowing Pennington to cut it to 35-34. Kersgieter scored the go-ahead basket, Manning retaliated, then Johnson took it right back with a pair of free throws. The Antlers had the final say of the period with goals by Vann and Fields for a 41-38 lead to start the final stranza.

Johnson opened the fourth quarter with one of her signature transition layups, but Manning scored a two and Blackburn hit a free throw before Pennington got in the action. The Antlers went on another run from there with a Manning three for the catalyst. Fields and Vann both scored off steals, then McGee sent Rehl to the line for one. 

Kersgieter returned to the game after a slight injury and immediately went to work, assisting Mutiri for two, then scoring one from the charity stripe, but the Sandites never would regain the advantage in the fourth quarter. 

As time dwindled and the possibility of a come-back became more and more unlikely, Head Coach Dustin Morrow was able to empty his bench, and give the majority of the team State Tournament experience. The Sandites will lose only two starters next year when they graduate Pennington and McGee, and they return a mess of talented underclassmen to anchor the program for the years to come.

The Lady Sandites will return to the Mabee Center next Christmas Break for the prestigious Tournament of Champions, and with so many returning stars, they may likely find themselves back in the spotlight for the next State Tournament as well.

For now, they'll have to settle for having one of the best seasons in school history with Championship wins at the Bishop Kelley Tournament, the Coffeyville Interstate Classic, the Regional tournament, and the Area tournament to compliment their 13-1 Frontier Valley Conference Championship. Not a bad run, to say the least.

Deer Creek will return to action Saturday at noon in the Championship Finals against the winner of No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe (25-2) vs No. 2 Choctaw (24-3). The Lady Antlers have already prevailed 68-51 over Santa Fe and 62-50 over Choctaw since the final rankings came out, and would likely have been ranked No. 1 in the State if the rankings continued through the playoffs.

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

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Boys' Soccer Team (1-1) notched their first win of the season Thursday night at Memorial Stadium, topping the Bixby Spartans (0-2) 2-1 in a non-district match.

Brothers Logan and Luke Jeffus scored the two goals for the Sandites and goalkeeper Edgar Soberano notched several impressive saves throughout the game.

SEE RELATED: Bixby Lady Spartans rout Sand Springs 5-0 at home

Logan Jeffus, a senior, notched the first goal of the game giving the Sandites their first lead of the season just three minutes into the match. The Spartans retaliated in the 26th minute on a twenty-yard boot by Miles Miller that shot just over Soberano's outstretched fingers into the very top of the net. Miller took another shot with five minutes left in the half, but it sailed wide left and the teams went into halftime all tied up.

The Spartans were extra hostile in the second half, pushing hard for the lead, but instead it was freshman Luke Jeffus with a header in the 52nd minute for the advantage. Spartan keeper Eli Trenary narrowly averted another Sandite goal in the 59th minute with a pair of impressive saves in a heated exchange deep in the box.

Gabe Jeffus, the third brother, never got the chance to score, playing as a defender. But the entire backline played solid defense throughout, leaving the Spartans with very few shots, none of which were uncontested.

Soberano was also hard at work in the final minutes as Bixby brought more pressure than they'd shown all game. But after several minutes in their own box, the Sandites finally broke free in the 77th minute and headed downfield where Logan Jeffus fired off another close shot that was just barely tipped out by Trenary.

The Sandites played a game of keep-away from there and ran the clock down for the 2-1 victory.

Sand Springs will take a week off for Spring Break before returning on the 23rd with a non-district home game against Muskogee (1-0).

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).

No. 3 CPHS Girls Basketball dominates No. 13 Mustang 42-24 in State Quarterfinals

Isabella Regalado is one of three starting sophomores who will be anchoring the Lady Sandites in the years to come. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Isabella Regalado is one of three starting sophomores who will be anchoring the Lady Sandites in the years to come. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

CPHS 42 MHS 24

1Q CPHS 12-4
2Q CPHS 11-4
3Q CPHS 8-7
4Q CPHS 11-9

Free Throws: CPHS 4-of-9. MHS 10-of-15.
Field Goals: CPHS 18-of-48. MHS 7-of-31.
Fouls: CPHS 10. MHS 9.

Scoring: (CPHS) Kersgieter 16, Pennington 9, Johnson 8, McGee 3, Regalado 3, Mutiri 3. (MHS) Niehues 8, Haywood 7, Foreman 4, Metzinger 3, Brown 2.

(CPHS only)
Offensive Rebounds: Kersgieter 4, Pennington 1, Mutiri 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Pennington 6, McGee 5, Kersgieter 3, Mutiri 3, Regalado 1.
Steals: Johnson 3, McGee 3, Kersgieter 2, Pennington 1, Regalado 1.
Blocks: Mutiri 2.
Assists: Pennington 1, Johnson 1, Kersgieter 1.
Fouls: Mutiri 4, Regalado 2, Pennington 2, Johnson 1, McGee 1.

The No. 3 ranked Charles Page High School Girls' Basketball team (24-1) took on No. 13 Mustang (17-11) in the first round of the OSSAA 6A State Championship Thursday afternoon at Memorial High School and rolled to their tenth-straight victory by a final score of 42-24. They will advance to the State Semi-Finals Friday morning at the Oral Roberts Mabee Center where they will meet with No. 4 Deer Creek (25-2) at 9:00 a.m.

The Sandites made their first two attempts from three point range and missed both, but they found their usual niche in transition as sophomore Holly Kersgieter snagged a steal on the Broncos' first possession and turned it into a layup. Fellow sophomore Destiney Johnson struck next for the Sandites, then Kersgieter sank a three for the 7-0 lead.

Next it was time for the upperclassmen to shine as Ohio State Volleyball-commit Gloria Mutiri sank one from the charity stripe and Oklahoma State Softball-signed senior Sydney Pennington scored on a steal for the double digit lead. Johnson got back in the action with another steal and layup for the 12-0 lead and the Broncos used their second timeout.

Mustang finally got on the board with a steal and layup from Mia Brown, then Ellise Foreman added another basket to cut the lead to 12-4 shortly before the buzzer. The Broncos tried to go to work in the second period and scored four straight after an opening basket from McGee, but after a brief timeout, Sand Springs went right back to furthering their lead. Kersgieter scored four, Pennington added three, and Mutiri had two in the final minutes to take a 23-8 advantage into the locker room.

Mustang opened the second half with a pair of free throws from Abby Niehues but Sand Springs retaliated as Pennington hauled in a defensive rebound and sent it down court to Kersgieter for two. Sophomore Bella Regalado struck from three point range to put three sophomores in the scorebook. By the end of the third the Sandites had pushed their lead to 31-15.

Kersgieter, McGee, and Pennington went on a five point run to open the fourth, then the Broncos did the same to negate the damage. But Sand Springs wouldn't be stymied and Pennington and Johnson hit back to back layups for the 40-20 lead with 4:30 left to play. The offense fizzled out from there and the Sandites held on for a 42-24 victory.

Kersgieter led all scorers with 16 points as the only player in the game with double digits. Pennington posted nine and Johnson had eight. Neihuis led the Broncos with eight points.

The Lady Sandites' Friday morning opponent won their quarterfinal 49-42 over No. 6 Booker T. Washington (22-6), who the Sandites defeated 56-44 in the Area Championship.