Oklahoma Wrestling: Final 2016-2017 6A Individual Rankings

106

  1. Riley Weir (Sand Springs sophomore) Previously #1
  2. Braden Fowler (Yukon senior) Previously #3
  3. Gabe Johnson (Choctaw freshman) Previously #2
  4. TJ Long (Union sophomore) Previously #2 in 113
  5. Garrett Steidley (Edmond Memorial freshman) Previously #4
  6. Jackson Cockrell (Broken Arrow freshman) 
  7. Nate Becker (Edmond North freshman) Previously #8
  8. Austin Hall (Southmoore senior) Previously #9
  9. Corwin Strachan (Bartlesville sophomore) Previously #10
  10. Dalton Raibourn (Edmond Santa Fe junior) Previously unranked
  11. Garrett Johnson (Jenks sophomore) Previously unranked
  12. Ahmad Alserfaei (Putnam City North sophomore) Previously unranked

Riley Weir won the East Regional, pinning Jackson Cockrell and TJ Long. Braden Fowler won the West Regional, defeating Gabe Johnson 1-0 and pinning Garrett Steidley. Johnson was the West Runner-Up and recorded an 18-3 tech fall against Nate Becker. Long cut from 113 and placed second at the East Regional, pinning Austin Hall and defeating Corwin Strachan 11-7. Steidley placed third in the West and majored Becker 9-1. Cockrell placed third in the East, defeating Hall 7-4 and Strachan 2-1. Becker placed fourth in the West and Strachan placed fourth in the East.

113

  1. Canon Randall (Westmoore senior) Previously #2 in 120
  2. Colt Newton (Choctaw sophomore) Previously #1
  3. Brandon Blose (Sapulpa senior) Previously #7 in 106
  4. Tanner Ward (Sand Springs senior) Previously #3
  5. Cameron Picklo (Mustang sophomore) Previously #6
  6. Brayden Strachan (Bartlesville sophomore) 
  7. Karson Bellmard (Ponca City senior) Previously unranked
  8. Studd Morris (Yukon junior) Previously #5 in 106
  9. Will Pham (Deer Creek freshman) Previously #7 
  10. Yves Worou (Norman North senior) Previously #9
  11. Skyler Lancaster (Stillwater sophomore) Previously unranked
  12. Yamasi Redeagle (Edmond Santa Fe freshman) Previously unranked

Canon Randall swept the West Regional, pinning Yamasi Redeagle in 2:24, majoring Cameron Picklo 12-3, and defeating Colt Newton 7-4. Newton came in second, pinning Studd Morris in 3:27. Brandon Blose won the East Regional, defeating Karson Bellmard 9-3, Brayden Strachan 7-5, and Tanner Ward 11-8. Ward placed second, pinning Yves Worou in 3:19. Picklo placed third in the West, pinning Will Pham in 5:28 and defeating Morris 7-3. Strachan placed third in the East, defeating Bellmard 7-5 in sudden victory.

120

  1. Paxton Rosen (Edmond North senior) 
  2. Tyler Lawley (Broken Arrow senior) Previously #3
  3. Michael Ritchey (Sand Springs senior) Previously #4
  4. Joe Lupton (Mustang junior) Previously #8 in 113
  5. Laif Jones (Bartlesville sophomore) Previously #7
  6. Andy Schlaepfer (Choctaw junior) Previously unranked
  7. Noah Hanscom (Yukon) Previously #10 in 113
  8. Kyri Beasley (Muskogee junior) Previously unranked
  9. Chase Slatton (Jenks senior)
  10. Jacob Swenson (Ponca City junior) Previously #8
  11. Dominic Derr (Westmoore sophomore) Previously unranked
  12. David Philpott (Lawton senior) Previously unranked

Paxton Rosen won the West Regional, pinning Dominic Derr and majoring Joe Lupton 11-0. Tyler Lawley won the East Regional, majoring Jacob Swenson 19-6 and defeating Michael Ritchey 2-0 in a tie-breaker. Ritchey placed second and defeated Laif Jones 5-1. Lupton placed second in the West and defeated Andy Schlaepfer 7-2. Jones placed third in the East and defeated Chase Slatton 1-0 and Kyri Beasley 4-2 in sudden victory. Shlaepfer placed third in the West, defeating Noah Hanscom twice. Hanscom placed fourth in the West and Beasley took fourth in the East.

126

  1. Drew Wilson (Midwest City senior)
  2. Connor Holman (Choctaw junior) Previously #3 in 132
  3. Tanner Cole (Deer Creek senior) Previously #4 in 132
  4. Spencer Schickram (Ponca City sophomore) Previously #3
  5. Easton Hudson (Bixby senior) Previously #9 in 132
  6. Blake Sargent (Sand Springs junior) Previously #2
  7. Blake Gonzales (Broken Arrow sophomore Previously #4 
  8. Wyatt Johnson (Owasso senior) Previously #5
  9. Trent Higginbotham (Edmond North junior) Previously #7
  10. Darrius Stewart (Edmond Santa Fe) Previously unranked
  11. Branden Elrod (Jenks freshman) Previously unranked
  12. Wallace Tilley (Yukon) Previously unranked

Drew Wilson won the West Regional, pinning Trent Higginbotham and defeating Connor Holman 2-1. Holman placed Runner-Up, defeating Tanner Cole 9-8. Cole took third and teched Darrius Stewart, Wallace Tilley, and Trent Higginbotham. Spencer Schickram won the East Regional, majoring Blake Gonzales 8-0 and pinning Easton Hudson. Hudson came in second, defeating Blake Sargent 3-1 in sudden victory. Sargent took third, defeating Wyatt Johnson 4-3 and Gonzales 7-3. Gonzales took fourth in the East and Higginbotham placed fourth in the West.

132

  1. Daton Fix (Sand Springs senior) 
  2. Brandon Bright (Edmond North senior) Previously #6 in 126
  3. Sam Avant (Norman North senior) Previously #6
  4. Baylor Smith (Owasso junior) Previously #7 in 138
  5. Dylan Schickram (Ponca City junior)
  6. TaJuan Daniels (Broken Arrow senior) Previously #8
  7. Trey Edwards (Mustang senior) Previously unranked
  8. Josh Suter (Norman senior) Previously #5 in 138
  9. Marquez Edwards (Midwest City senior) Previously unranked
  10. John Ritchey (Stillwater junior) Previously unranked
  11. Brandon Johnson (Westmoore senior) Previously unranked
  12. Tyler Roberts (Edmond Santa Fe senior) Previously unranked

Daton Fix won his fourth East Regional, pinning John Ritchey and Baylor Smith and teching Sam Avant. Brandon Bright won the West, defeating Marquez Edwards 7-2 and Trey Edwards 4-2 in a tie-breaker. Avant placed second in the East, defeating TaJuan Daniels 5-0. Smith finished third, defeating John Ritchey 6-4 and Dylan Schickram twice. Edwards came in second in the West, defeating Josh Suter 8-5. Suter finished third and defeated Edwards 3-1. Edwards placed fourth.

138

  1. Jack Karstetter (Sand Springs senior) Previously #2
  2. Kruz Simons (Edmond North sophomore) Previously #4
  3. Tyler Dieringer (Stillwater senior) 
  4. Dawson Hunt (Ponca City senior) Previously #10
  5. Bryce Mattioda (Broken Arrow freshman) Previously #8
  6. Cain Britton (Putnam City North) Previously unranked
  7. Jon Suter (Norman senior) Previously unranked
  8. Connor Simpson (Edmond Memorial junior) Previously unranked
  9. Jacob Blumenthal (Westmoore senior) Previously #10 in 132
  10. Keanu Quinn (Sapulpa senior) Previously unranked
  11. Parker Wright (Deer Creek sophomore) Previously unranked
  12. Austin Daniels (Jenks junior) Previously unranked

Jack Karstetter won his third East Regional Championship, majoring Dawson Hunt 11-3 and topping Tyler Dieringer 3-2 in an ultimate tie-breaker. Kruz Zimons won the West Regional, majoring Connor Simpson 11-2 and pinning Cain Britton in 2:59. Dieringer placed second in the East and Hunt took third, pinning Bryce Mattioda twice. Mattioda took fourth. Britton was the West Runner-Up, defeating Jon Suter 9-4. Suter took third and defeated Jacob Blumenthal 3-1 and Connor Simpson 5-2. Simpson placed fourth and defeated Blumenthal 5-4 and Wright 6-5. 

145

  1. Jaxen Gilmore (Yukon junior) Previously #1 in 138
  2. Kendon Lee (Stillwater senior) Previously #1
  3. Beau Bratcher (Sand Springs senior) Previously #2
  4. Seth Graves (Edmond Memorial senior) Previously #4 in 138
  5. Brandon Conrad (Owasso senior) Previously #6
  6. Brady Mattioda (Broken Arrow junior) Previously #2 in 152
  7. Zach Johnson (Westmoore sophomore) Previously #9 in 152
  8. Micah Lugafet (Deer Creek freshman) Previously #10
  9. Parker Miller (Norman junior) Previously unranked
  10. Shamar Duncan (Putnam City senior) Previously #7
  11. Tyler Reese (Enid junior) Previously unranked
  12. Kurt Brophy (Norman North sophomore) Previously unranked

Jaxen Gilmore won the West Regional, defeating Seth Graves 3-1 in sudden victory. Kendon Lee won the East, defeating Beau Bratcher 3-1 in sudden victory and Brandon Conrad 6-5. Bratcher placed second in the East, defeating Brady Mattioda 8-1. Graves took second in the West, defeating Zach Johnson 2-1. Conrad took third in the East and defeated Mattioda 10-8. Mattioda came in fourth in the East, Johnson took third in the West, and Micah Lugafet placed fourth in the West.

152

  1. Payton Scott (Sand Springs junior) 
  2. Ezequiel "Zeke" Rubio (Ponca City senior) Previously #6
  3. Robert "RJ" Walker (Midwest City senior) Previously #5
  4. Austin Loza (Enid senior) Previously unranked
  5. Baywiin Hollingshead (Yukon) Previously #3 in 145
  6. Jeff Speer (Choctaw junior) Previously #8
  7. Ryan Swanson (Westmoore junior) Previously #3 in 145
  8. Jacob Swafford (Edmond North Previously #7
  9. Richie Lee (Owasso freshman) Previously unranked
  10. Jerry "JT" Stambeck (Norman North sophomore) Previously unranked
  11. Aedan Cottle (Broken Arrow freshman) Previously unranked
  12. Calvin Smith (Moore senior) Previously unranked

Zeke Rubio topped Payton Scott 7-5 in sudden victory for the East Championship, but Scott still has three pins against Rubio this season, including a 35-second match at Dual State just a week prior. Scott took second and pinned Richie Lee in 0:56. RJ Walker won the West Championship and defeated Jeff Speer 3-1 and Baywiin Hollingshead 6-3. Austin Loza placed third in the East, defeating Richie Lee 9-4. Hollingshead took second in the West and majored Ryan Swanson 9-0. Speer took third in the West and defeated Swanson 2-1. Swanson finished fourth in the West and Lee took fourth in the East.

160

  1. Jaryn Curry (Choctaw junior) 
  2. Chase Vincent (Yukon senior)
  3. Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow junior)
  4. Joseph Messer (Norman North senior) Previously #5
  5. Connor Wilcoxen (Stillwater senior) Previously #4
  6. Cooper Meadows (Mustang senior) 
  7. Noah Almy (Sand Springs sophomore) Previously #9
  8. Nolan Miller (Owasso junior) Previously #7
  9. Grayson White (Ponca City junior) Previously unranked
  10. Williams Depona (Edmond Santa Fe junior) Previously unranked
  11. Ben Parkhurst (Edmond Memorial) Previously unranked
  12. Trey Painter (Westmoore senior) Previously unranked

Jaryn Curry won the West Regional, defeating Chase Vincent 7-5 and Cooper Meadows 14-1. Vincent took second and pinned Williams Depona. Caleb Wise won the East bracket and defeated Joseph Messer 7-3. Messer took second and defeated Connor Wilcoxen 10-3. Wilcoxen placed third and Noah Almy took fourth. Meadows placed third in the West and defeated Depona 9-1. Depona took fourth.

170

  1. Christian Bahl (Stillwater senior) Previously #3
  2. Zane Basma (Sand Springs senior) Previously #1
  3. Zane Coleman (Choctaw sophomore) Previously #2
  4. Gage McBride (Mustang senior) Previously #6
  5. Sam Hensley (Edmond Memorial junior) Previously #7
  6. Joe Speno (Edmond Santa Fe senior) Previously #8
  7. Waylon Heger (Yukon) Previously unranked
  8. Jake McCoy (Edmond North sophomore) Previously unranked
  9. Lane Newlin (Ponca City junior) Previously #10
  10. Darius "DJ" Boone (Union sophomore) Previously unranked
  11. Aaron Lytle (Sapulpa freshman) Previously unranked
  12. Jaylon Pitts (Jenks junior) Previously unranked

Christian Bahl won the East Regional, defeating Zane Basma 3-0. Basma took second and pinned DJ Boone. Zane Coleman won the West, pinning Joe Speno and Gage McBride. Sam Hensley took third in the West, defeating Speno 5-3. Speno placed fourth. Lane Newlin took third in the East and Boone placed fourth.

182

  1. Easton Rendleman (Choctaw junior) Previously #2
  2. Gavin Potter (Broken Arrow sophomore) Previously #3
  3. Dakota Carnes (Sapulpa senior) Previously #6
  4. Justin "JD" Johnson (Owasso junior) Previously #4
  5. Jace Brownlee (Stillwater senior) Previously #1
  6. Shane Flandermeyer (Westmoore junior) Previously #5
  7. Noah Hooks (Edmond North junior)
  8. Jaylen Childs (Putnam City North) Previously #9
  9. Abram Arechiga (Ponca City sophomore) Previously unranked
  10. Raymond Haynes (Southmoore) Previously unranked
  11. George Horn (Yukon) Previously unranked
  12. Pierce Warn (Lawton senior) Previously unranked

Easton Rendleman won the West Regional, defeating Jaylon Childs 3-2 and Shane Flandermeyer 7-2. Gavin Potter won the East Regional, defeating JD Johnson 1-0 and Dakota Carnes 3-1 in sudden victory. Carnes placed second and defeated Jace Brownlee 3-1 in sudden victory. Johnson placed third and defeated Brownlee 6-4 in sudden victory. Brownlee finished fourth. Flandermeyer was the West Runner-Up and pinned Noah Hooks. Hooks took third and defeated Jaylen Childs 9-3. Childs placed fourth.

195

  1. Zach Marcheselli (Broken Arrow sophomore) 
  2. Blake Minnick (Edmond North sophomore)
  3. Jalen Johnson (Owasso senior) Previously unranked
  4. Bradyn Pressnall (Ponca City senior) Previously unranked
  5. Garrett Jones (Putnam City senior) Previously unranked
  6. Frank Morales (Moore freshman) Previously unranked
  7. Gary Dockery (Choctaw junior) Previously #5
  8. Arin Copas (Mustang senior) Previously #7
  9. Riley Corona (Westmoore senior) 
  10. Aaron Veselak (Stillwater senior) Previously unranked
  11. Jesse Wetherington (Norman North) Previously #3
  12. Jordan Reel (Southmoore) Previously unranked

Zach Marcheselli won the East Regional with a 16-1 tech fall against Jalen Johnson. Blake Minnick won the West Regional, defeating Frank Morales 3-2, and Garrett Jones 5-3. Johnson placed second with a 3-2 defeat of Bradyn Pressnall. Presnnall took third and defeated Aaron Veselak in an ultimate tie breaker. Garrett Jones took second in the West and defeated Gary Dockery 11-8 and Riley Corona 4-2. Morales took third and defeated Dockery 6-3. Dockery placed fourth in the West and Jesse Wetherington placed fourth in the East. 

220

  1. Delvin Jordan (Sand Springs senior) 
  2. Skyler Haynes (Broken Arrow senior)
  3. Mason Lancaster (Putnam City junior)
  4. Caulin Poole (Choctaw junior) Previously #7
  5. Parsa Lessani (Edmond North senior) 
  6. Jonathan Martinez (Westmoore senior) Previously #4
  7. Cody Adams (Bixby senior) Previously #8
  8. Austin Fry (Ponca City senior) Previously #6
  9. Vy Cato (Putnam City North) Previously unranked
  10. Griff Stanley (Deer Creek junior) Previously unranked
  11. Micah Walker (Union freshman) Previously unranked
  12. Keland Bearpaw (Sapulpa junior) Previously unranked

Delvin Jordan won the East Regional, pinning Austin Fry and defeating Skyler Haynes 3-2 in a tie-breaker. Haynes took second and defeated Cody Adams 7-4. Mason Lancaster won the West Regional, pinning Parsa Lessani, and defeating Caulin Poole 4-2. Pool placed second and defeated Jon Martinez 1-0. Lessani took third and Martinez placed fourth. Adams took third in the East and defeated Fry 3-1. Fry placed fourth.

285

  1. Gage Johnson (Norman North senior) Previously #2
  2. Trenton Lieurance (Broken Arrow senior) Previously #3
  3. Ryan Tilbury (Midwest City senior) Previously #6
  4. Zach Austin (Choctaw senior) Previously #4
  5. Elwood Tomlin (Union senior) 
  6. Christian Arriola (Putnam City junior) Previously unranked
  7. Blake Russell (Mustang senior) Previously #8
  8. Oden Watson (Deer Creek senior) Previously unranked
  9. Dami Oyesana (Norman senior) Previously unranked
  10. Connor Haff (Owasso senior) Previously unranked
  11. Brett Bridges (Ponca City) Previously #9
  12. Sam Smith (Stillwater sophomore) Previously unranked

Gage Johnson won the East Regional, defeating Trenton Lieurance 4-2 in a tie-breaker. Lieurance finished second and defeated Elwood Tomlin 3-1. Ryan Tilbury won the West Regional and defeated Zach Austin 2-0 and Christian Arriola 2-1. Austin placed second in the Wets and pinned Dami Oyesana. Tomlin took third in the East and defeated Connor Haff 3-2. Arriola took third in the West and defeated Oden Watson 3-1. Haff placed fourth in the East and Watson placed fourth in the West.

Sandite Pride Tournament Rankings

  1. Sand Springs (98)
  2. Choctaw (70)
  3. Broken Arrow (61)
  4. Edmond North (44)
  5. Yukon (34)
  6. Stillwater (31)
  7. Midwest City (28)
  8. Norman North (25)
  9. Ponca City (22)
  10. Owasso (15)
  11. Westmoore (14)
  12. Sapulpa (14)
  13. Mustang (8)
  14. Deer Creek (7)
  15. Moore (7)
  16. Edmond Memorial (4)
  17. Enid (4)
  18. Union (4)

Sand Springs Elementary Wrestling wins State Championship with 20 finalists

Blake Jones came in State Runner-Up at the OKUSA State Championship this past weekend. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Blake Jones came in State Runner-Up at the OKUSA State Championship this past weekend. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Top-ten Team scores:

  1. Sand Springs (377)
  2. Stillwater (322)
  3. Mutang (320)
  4. Edmond (306) 
  5. Catoosa (302)
  6. Moore (232)
  7. Sperry (199)
  8. Marlow (149)
  9. Collinsville (129)
  10. Southmoore (122)

While the Charles Page High School wrestling team was winning their first Dual State Wrestling Championship in Shawnee this past weekend, the Sand Springs Team Big wrestling program was winning the Oklahoma USA Youth Wrestling League State Championship an hour down the road in Norman. 48 Sandite elementary wrestlers competed at the event, twenty made the finals, and eleven walked away as State Champions. Needless to say, the future of Sand Springs wrestling is as bright as ever.

Youth wrestling is not split up by school size, but has five age divisions and two classifications. Division One is for ages six and under, Division Two is ages eight and under, Division Three is ages ten and under, Division Four is ages twelve and under, and Division Five is ages fifteen and under. Inexperienced wrestlers compete at the Novice level until they win a certain number of medals for their age division, then they move up to the Open classification. 

Balance Johnson (10-0) competed in Division Three Open at 110 pounds and took first place with three pins. He topped Aidan Hays (Broken Arrow) in 2:04, Logan Richard (Mustang) in 2:03, and Treg Bowman (Stillwater) in 2:55.

Rhett Peak (22-9) competed in Division Four Open at 76 pounds and took first place. He received a medical forfeit from Will Simms (Bellator), then pinned Jaxon Klaassen (Weatherford) in 0:44. In the finals he topped Josey Jernegan (Sperry) 7-2 in sudden victory overtime. 

Bentley Cole (13-2) competed in Division One Open at 37 pounds and took first place. He majored Gabriel Sharp (Broken Arrow) 12-1 in the semifinals, then edged out teammate Tabor Reiss 9-8 in the finals.

Jayden Bussell (16-3) competed in Division One Open at 55 pounds and took first place. He defeated Elijah Davis (Moore) 7-0 in the semifinals and came out on top of a 6-4 sudden victory decision against Cash Province (Edmond).

Will Meredith (24-5) competed in Division Two Open at 43 pounds and took first place. He defeated Ty Walter (Bixby) 9-3 in the semifinal, then pinned Landon Woodard (Sperry) in 2:37. 

Clayton Giddens (39-2) competed in Division Four Open at 64 pounds and took first place. He teched Caydon Miller (Sapulpa) 16-0, then majored Lawson Knox (Marlow) 8-0.

Owen Martin (26-3) competed in Division Four Open at 67 pounds and took first place with less than a minute on the mat. He pinned Blake Hawthorne (Bethany) in 0:30 and Andrew Havens (Sperry) in 0:22.

Ethan White (10-16) competed in Division Four Open at 120 pounds and took first place. He teched Gatlin Wilson (Stillwater) 16-1, then topped Corey Chilcoat (Catoosa) 4-2 in sudden victory. 

Blake Jones (23-7) competed in Division Five Open at 100 pounds and took second place. He pinned Justus Pribyl (Little Axe) in 2:18, then topped Parker Brown (Tuttle) 5-2 in the quarterfinal. In the semis he was defeated 4-2 by Levi Buckridge (Bethany), but he snapped back with a 5-2 decision over Dregen Murray (Little Axe) and pinned Manny Rogers (Del City) in 3:29 to win the consolations. In the second-place challenge match he majored Reese Davis (Tuttle) 11-3. 

Asher Giddens (16-9) competed in Division One Open at 43 pounds and took second place. He won his quarterfinal match against Daniel Porter (Sperry) 15-9, but fell in 0:21 to Gannon Wilson (Catoosa) in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket he topped Jon Zerzavy (Cache) 9-7, then won the consolation finals 12-9 over Porter. In the second-place challenge match he defeated Tristyn Ulloa (Lawton) 5-2.

Grady Mittasch (41-10) competed in Division Three Open at 67 pounds and took second place. He pinned Cason Rumley (Tuttle) in 0:27 in the quarterfinal, but was edged out 11-10 by Blade Walden (Muskogee). In the consolations he majored Thomas Webb (Davis) 12-0 and topped Logan Hargrove (Catoosa) 6-0. He challenged Keller Kizarr (Marlow) for second place and prevailed 6-0.

Michael Johnson (3-1) competed in Division Three Open at 58 pounds and took second place. He pinned teammate Zander Grigsby in 2:59 and Kylor Edwards (Moore) in 2:45 before being edged out 2-1 by Ashton Davis (Muskogee) in the finals. In the challenge match he went into overtime with Javin Douglas (Bethany), but got the takedown for a 2-0 sudden victory decision. 

Tabor Reiss (17-3) competed in Division One Open at 37 pounds and took second place. He pinned Ivy Mullin (Stillwell) in 0:18 in the semifinal, but fell 9-8 to teammate Bentley Cole in the finals. In the second-place challenge match he majored Gabriel Sharp (Broken Arrow) 14-1.

Jaxon Grigsby (27-6) competed in Division Two Open at 49 pounds and took second place. He pinned Axton Vanbrunt (Westmoore) in 3:19, then topped Revin Fipps (Stillwater) 7-5 in sudden victory overtime before falling to Mason Burnham in 2:27 in the finals.

Promised Johnson (4-3) competed in Division Two Open at 64 pounds and took second place. He rolled over Max Harland (Berryhill) with a 17-1 technical fall, then topped Juan Ybarra (Altus) 4-0 before falling 5-1 to Daxton Sullivan (Bristow) in the finals.

Christian Forbes (14-9) competed in Division Five Open at 76 pounds and took second place. He pinned Riddick Nash (Del City) in 1:23, then topped Kaden Smith (Mustang) 5-0 before falling 10-0 to Guy Clevenger (Catoosa) in the finals. 

Dariuz Black (26-14) competed in Division Three Open at 73 pounds and took third place. He narrowly topped Maddax Mobly (Sulphur) 2-1 in the quarterfinals, but fell 3-1 to Hudson Sheppard (Cushing) in the semis. In the consolation bracket he topped Kaden Wallace (Moore) 2-0 and Charles Shafer (Cache) 5-4.

Hunter Spencer (25-11) competed in Division Two Open at 61 pounds and took third place. He pinned Silas Keeling (Weatherford) in 0:29 and Levi Dickison (Edmond) in 0:41, then topped Caden Johnson (Stillwater) with a 4-2 decision before falling 9-0 to Jaedan Adams (Stillwater) in the finals. In the second-place challenge match he was topped 4-2 by Gunner Murray (Claremore). 

Riley Magee (7-4) competed in Division Five Open at 190 pounds and took fourth place. He pinned Nathan Wahl (Blanchard) in 1:15 before falling 4-2 to Keegan Demario (Del City) in the quarterfinal. In the consolations he pinned Chubba Davis (Harrah) in 1:31, Kevin Davis (Muskogee) in 1:57, and Asher Havens (Sperry) in 2:54. In the finals he was defeated 4-1 in a rematch with Demario. 

Robert Burke (22-8) competed in Division Three Open at 64 pounds and took fourth place. He dominated James Shelton (Sperry) 15-0, then topped Devon Miller (Stillwater) 2-0 in the quarterfinal before falling 5-2 to Bryson Humphries (Catoosa). In the consolations he topped Dylan Abbott (Sperry) 4-2 in sudden victory overtime, but fell 3-2 to Miller in an overtime rematch for third place. 

Jaxon Trotter (26-24) competed in Division Three Open at 80 pounds and took fifth place. He majored Ethan Finch (Del City) 10-2 before falling 7-2 to Tyler McCall (Catoosa) in the quarterfinal. In the consolations he pinned Coalten Kennedy (Sulphur) in 2:32 and topped Christian Morales (Highlander) 6-0 before falling 10-1 to Hayden Yocham (Bristow) in the semis. In his placement match he prevailed 13-3 over Ethan Finch (Del City).

Carter Wood (13-9) competed in Division Two Open at 67 pounds and took fifth place. He defeated Jakiyas Peterson (Westmoore) in the quarterfinals, but fell 10-5 to Rebel Doiron (Tironook) in the semis. In the consolation bracket he was defeated 6-1 by Brady Larson (Del City), but he majored Peterson 11-1 in the placement match.

Matthew Moore (24-6) competed in Division Three Novice at 58 pounds and took first place. He defeated Miguel Hope (Muskogee) 4-0, pinned Dirk Johnson (Tecumseh) in 0:25, and majored Carson Owen (Ardmore) 8-0.

Ryder Barnes (10-5) competed in Division Four Novice at 105 pounds and took first place. He defeated Skyler Bean (Mustang) 7-0, Eathin Kennedy (Sulphur) 9-4, and Mort Barber (Harrah) 11-3.

Ryker Collins (7-5) competed in Division Four Novice at 160 pounds and took first place. He pinned Lane Gourley (Little Axe) in 1:14 and Owen Pazzo (J4) in 2:57, then topped Gavin Selanders (Guthrie) 6-2.

Jesse Moore (15-10) competed in Division Three Novice at 76 pounds and took second place. He defeated Kasen Harris (Comanche) 5-1 and pinned Wyatt Heuer (Harrah) in 0:37 before falling 7-5 in sudden victory overtime to Clay McKiddy (Cushing). 

Tanner Copeland (14-2) competed in Division Two Novice at 61 pounds and took third place. He was pinned in 1:12 by Hagen Sims (Davis) in the opening round, but rebounded with four-straight victories to win the consolation bracket. He defeated Creed Rogers (Davis) 6-0, then pinned Braylon Mullins (Southmoore) in 2:29, Andrew Kunkle (Catoosa) in 1:30, and Gage Goodwin (Tuttle) in 1:14. 

Samuel Moore (28-12) competed in Division One Novice at 49 pounds and took fourth place. He pinned Jordan Carey (Broken Arrow) in 0:19 and Ryker Williams (Sperry) in 0:23 before falling 5-3 to Jack Austin (Marlow) in sudden victory overtime. In the consolation bracket he majored Corbin Alexander (Broken Arrow) 15-6 but fell 5-3 to Tucker Alberty (Sapulpa) in the placement round.

Landyn Barnes (11-6) lost his opening match 4-1 to Aiden Cox (Southmoore), but majored John McDougal (Bristow) and pinned Aiden Terhune (Southmoore) in 0:21. In the consolation semifinals he got payback against Cox with a fall at 1:56, but was in-turn pinned in 0:46 by Chance Fisher (Tuttle) in the placement match.

Skyler Wood (18-4) competed in Division Two Novice at 64 pounds and took fifth place. He fell 8-0 to Dimitri Kizer (Del City) in the opening round, then pinned Louden McDoulett (Little Axe) in the consolations. In the semifinals he fell 8-5 to Peyton Heuer (Harrah), but he won his placement match with a 13-3 major decision over Ryder Trepton (Ponca City).

The State Tournament concludes the Youth Wrestling season, and it has been a good one for Sand Springs. Team Big crowned nine champions at the Cushing Halloween Takedown, eleven at the Claremore Youth Invitational, six at the Cleveland Novice Tournament, three at the Catoosa Tournament, seven at the Joe Zamora Open, four at the Team Neo Tournament, sixteen at the Sapulpa Tournament, two at the Battle for the Belt, eight at the Sperry Open, one at the Sand Springs Junior High Tournament, eight at the Owasso Tournament, twenty at the Sand Springs Team Big Tournament, three at the Collinsville Christimas Classic, eight at the Gage Underwood Memorial, one at the United State Junior Open Championship, nine at the Berryhill Tournament, twelve at the Blubuagh-Wilson Battle for Gold, eleven at the Bedlam Battle, and one at Junior High All-State.

As a team, the Sandites won the Sand Springs Junior High Tournament and the YWL State Tournament, and placed second at the Battle for Gold and the Bedlam Battle. They also came in third at the Inola Wrestling Tournament, fourth at the Sperry Open, and sixth at Junior High All State. 

Stellar defense not enough as No. 2 Spartans spoil Sandites' playoff hopes

Photo: Morgan Miller.

Photo: Morgan Miller.

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Scoring Summary:

1Q 6:23 Griffin 40 yard pass to Presley. Campbell PAT. 7-0 Bixby.
2Q 5:27 Pawley 44 yard run. Campbell PAT 14-0 Bixby.
2Q 1:24 Greathouse 6 yard pass to Bales. Hernandez PAT 14-7 Bixby.
2Q 0:12 Greathouse 23 yard pass to Bales. Hernandez PAT 14-14.
3Q 7:56 Griffin 16 yard pass to Barbour. Campbell PAT 21-14 Bixby.
3Q 3:36 Scott 4 yard run. Hernandez PAT 21-21.
4Q 5:50 Pawley 5 yard run. Campbell PAT 28-21 Bixby.
4Q 1:45 Pawley 16 yard run. Campbell PAT 35-21 Bixby.

Note: Coverage of the Sandite-Spartan Semi-final game presented by Morgan's Relax Packs.

For the third-straight year, the No. 3 Charles Page High School varsity football team (7-5) was eliminated from the playoffs by the No. 2 Bixby Spartans (9-3). The Sandites put up a valiant effort, but the two-time defending State Champions progressed to their third-straight State Championship finals appearance with a 35-21 win at Sapulpa's George F. Collins Stadium.

The game was an incredible defensive showdown that saw the two teams punt a total of sixteen times with two interceptions, one fumble recovery, and one turnover on downs. The Spartans won the battle, however, forcing ten punts and racking up 63 yards in tackles for loss. 

Sand Springs failed to find a rhythm offensively, completing only ten first downs and eleven passes on 32 attempts. The team struggled to hold on to the ball, fumbling four times, and dropping numerous passes that should have been completed.

On the Sandites' first possession they quickly picked up 21 yards on a run from junior running back Payton Scott, but then senior quarterback Hunter Greathouse's first pass of the night sailed into the hands of Ethan Hall for an interception. In a strange turn of events, Spartan quarterback Tanner Griffin's first pass was also an interception, caught by sophomore Hayden Cramer, to hold the Spartan possession to a mere ten seconds.

Passing
CPHS: Greathouse 10-31-125-1, 2TD. Pennington 1-1-(-2)-0.
Bixby: Griffin 18-29-238-1, 2TD.

Rushing
CPHS: Scott 24-86, 1 TD. Greathouse 3-(-21). Pennington 1-(-13).
Bixby: Pawley 33-202, 3TD. Griffin 4-25. Presley 1-9. Riddle 1-9.

Receiving
CPHS: Bales 7-69, 2TD. Thompson 1-42. Taber 1-11. Scott 2-1.
Bixby: Kerr 3-80. Presley 5-74, 1TD. Swanson 5-58. Barbour 2-18, 1TD. Riddle 1-8. Pawley 1-3. Watkins 1-(-3).

Tackles (CPHS Only)
Morgan 9, Tolbert 6, Jordan 4, Taber 4, Motes 4, Fain 4, Freeman 4, Simonton 4, Bratcher 3, Cramer 3, Fleischman 1, Delozier 1, Moyer 1, Thompson 1.

The Sandites were unable to capitalize, however, and Greathouse soon punted the ball away without a first down. Bixby had little difficulty moving the ball this time, driving 84 yards in six plays to score on a 40 yard pass to freshman receiver Brennan Presley. Jason Campbell's kick was good and the Spartans were up 7-0.

Eight possessions later, the Spartans caped an 87-yard drive with a 44-yard touchdown run by junior running back Tucker Pawley to make the score 14-0 with 5:27 left in the half.

Sand Springs came alive from there, finally scoring on their seventh possession of the night, aided by a series of personal fouls by the Spartans. Sand Springs grabbed one first down on a facemask penalty, added another on a roughing-the-passer call, then went to work offensively at the Spartan 32. Between Scott's runs and Kasey Bales's receptions, the Sandites inched down to the six yard line where Greathouse connected with Bales for the score. Alex Hernandez sent in the point-after, and the Sandites were closing the gap with 1:24 in the half.

On the Spartans' second play of the corresponding drive, Griffin found Presley again for a gain of twelve, but the freshman lost control of the ball and senior Treyce Tolbert got the recovery to set up Sand Springs for the game-tying drive. 

Greathouse hit Mack Thompson for 42 yards, and after a series of incomplete passes, he found Bales from 23-out to tie the game at half time.

The Sandites didn't ever take the lead, but they won the third quarter defensively, holding Bixby to only 86 yards and three completions on eight attempts. The Spartans did score on their opening drive of the half with a 16 yard pass to Clayton Barbour, but Sand Springs responded two possessions later. 

After a Sandite drive fell flat at the fifty, Greathouse pinned Bixby in at their own one-yard line. Three plays later the Spartans had to punt into a headwind and gave the Sandites prime real estate at the 19-yard-line.

Sand Springs wasted no time in scoring as Bales hauled in a thirteen yard pass and Scott ran it the final four to tie the game.

Soon after, the Spartans pushed eighty yards in eight plays to score on a six yard run from Pawley. With 5:50 to play, things began to fall apart for the Sandites.

Tight-end Dash Fleischman was injured on a play and had to come out for the game. Greathouse found Josh Taber for a first down, but then had to come out for a play. A direct snap attempt to Scott sailed well over his head and he barely recovered the ball for a loss of fourteen. Bales had to punt into a headwind and the Spartans got possession at the Sandite 49.

Four plays later, Pawley scored his third touchdown of the night to make it 35-21.

Sophomore Caden Pennington came in at quarterback with 1:45 to play. Another errant snap pushed the Sandites back to second and 23 at their 22, then a screen pass to Scott ended in another loss, followed by a delay of game penalty. The final play of the game was a run from Scott for no gain, and the clock ran out for the Spartan victory.

The Spartans will advance to their third-straight State Championship appearance Friday, December 2nd at against the No. 5 Lawton Wolverines (8-4). The Wolverines were the sleeper of this season's playoffs, defeating No. 6 Booker T. Washington 21-20, then upsetting No. 1 Muskogee 34-24. This will be Lawton's first State Championship appearance since 2014 when they fell 35-21 to Bixby. 

Lady Sandite Cross Country qualifies for State as team, Aden Baughman qualifies individually

Photo: Scott Emigh

Photo: Scott Emigh

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Varsity Girls 5K

17:32 Cheyenne Walden 1st Place (PR-0:03)
20:01 Alexis Davis 15th Place
20:53 Tiqvah Soap 25th Place
22:27 Sara Abbet 54th Place (PR-0:37)
22:51 Elizabeth Watts 60th Place
23:27 Chezney Kelley 69th Place (PR-0:45)
24:32 Kaitlyn Walden 85th Place (PR-2:00)

Varsity Boys 5K

17:00 Aden Baughman 25th Place (PR-0:06)
17:28 Kaegan Murray 39th Place (PR-0:28)
18:36 Ian Baustert 65th Place (PR-0:06)
18:40 Phillip Elleman 67th Place (PR-1:38)
19:18 Nelson Yazzie 80th Place
19:19 Jaden Weiser 81st Place

It was a great weekend for the Charles Page High School varsity cross country teams. The girls took seventh place at the Regional 5K at Mohawk Park, just making the cut for State. This is their third time qualifying in four years, having just missed it last year. The boys failed to qualify as a team, but set several personal records.

The regional takes the top seven teams and the top seven individuals who weren't on qualifying teams. In 2015 the girls took eighth place, but sent three runners individually. According to Head Coach Chris Corbin, seniors Cheyenne Walden and Alexis Davis are now the first runners in the history of the program to qualify all four years. Sophomore Aden Baughman led the boys and qualified for the second straight year after placing fourth among runners who weren't on qualifying teams.

The girls finished seventh of fifteen teams with an average time of 20:45, their best "true" 5K of the season. Last week they finished in 20:27 at the Conference meet, but that track was a few hundred meters short. Oklahoma State-commit Cheyenne Walden secured her fourth Regional Title by an incredible margin of 53 seconds over the number two runner, Shay Stayton of Bartlesville. She also set a personal record of 17:32, a three-second improvement over last year's Regional time. This is her sixth first-place finish this year and 26th first-place finish of her career. The full qualifying squad is Alexis Davis, junior Tiqvah Soap, sophomore Sara Abbet, sophomore Elizabeth Watts, freshman Chezney Kelley, and freshman Kaitlyn Walden. Abbet, Kelley, and Kaitlyn Walden all set personal records. There were 106 runners in the girls race.

The boys took tenth of sixteen teams with an average time of 18:13, their fourth best this season. Senior Jacob Garbey, who usually finishes top-three among the Sandite boys, was unavoidably out of town for the race, and freshman Jaden Weiser was nursing a mild injury throughout the race and finished 28 seconds behind his previous performance. Garbey's presence might have made the difference between tenth and ninth place, but wasn't likely to help qualify the boys as a whole. Overall, the boys still performed well and finished with strong times all-around. Baughman set a personal record 17:00 finish, marking a six-second improvement over last year's Regional. Freshman Kaegan Murray set a personal record 17:28, improving 28 seconds over his previous best. He finished second among non-qualifying runners and was just nine seconds away from making the cut. Senior Ian Baustert finished his high school career with a PR 18:36, improving six seconds over his previous best. Junior Phillip Elleman also set a PR.

The State Championship will be held Saturday, October 29th at Edmond Santa Fe High School. The school is located at 1901 W. 15th Street, Edmond, Oklahoma. 6A Girls will begin at 12:00 p.m. followed by 6A Boys at 12:45 p.m. The awards assembly will be held at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults and students. 

Lady Sandite Softball will take on Mustang in the State Quarterfinals Thursday

Photo: Scott Emigh

Photo: Scott Emigh

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School varsity softball team (30-8) is headed to State for the second-straight year after winning their fourteenth Regional Championship last weekend. The District Runner-Up team boasts a long roster of impressive athletes, and is a mostly young team with only three seniors.

The girls will travel to Oklahoma City Thursday and will take on the Mustang Broncos (32-6-1) at 1:30 p.m. on Field 3 of the ASA Hall of Fame Softball Complex. The Sandites and Broncos have yet to meet this year, nor have the Sandites met any of the five teams to beat the Broncos this year. Mustang is, however, undefeated against teams that have beaten the Sandites. They went 1-0 against Jenks, who the Sandites are 1-1 against. They beat Union 5-3 while Sand Springs fell 4-3. They have a win and a tie with Yukon, who the Sandites are 1-1 against. 

A win against Mustang will pit the Sandites against the winner of Owasso (35-3) vs. Moore (29-6). The Sandites have met Owasso only once, on the second gameday of the season, and lost 2-1 in extra innings at the Broken Arrow tournament. Sand Springs has met Moore only once, and dealt them a 4-0 loss at the NSU tournament. The semi final game will be Friday at 2:30, also on Field 3. 

If Sand Springs makes it to the finals, they could play Southmoore (33-2), Union (31-10), Westmoore (28-9), or Yukon (27-6). The Sandites haven't played Southmoore or Westmoore this season. They've met Union once and lost, and split two games with Yukon. The finals will be Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Last year the Sandites were 29-8 going into the State tournament and were district co-champions after splitting games with Yukon. They ended Mustang (33-9)'s five-game winning streak in the quarterfinals 14-6. In the semifinals they ended Moore (34-5)'s thirteen-game winning streak 5-3, but became the thirteenth-straight win for Choctaw (36-7) 4-3 in the Championship game. 

This year the Sandites have played one more game than last year, but otherwise have a nearly identical record overall. In district play they lost two more games than last year and were district runners-up to Yukon, who they split with. The girls have lost some slugging power in Jessica Schuler (.514 batting), Kennedy "Goose" Salyers (.387), and Kalli Mallory (.351), but have improved defensively with fourteen shutouts this season compared to eight last year. This season they win by an average score of 7-2 compared to last year's 7-3. Their batting has drastically improved from the first half of the season to the latter, as well. In their first nineteen games they surpassed ten hits six times and averaged .291 as a team. In the last nineteen games they surpassed ten hits ten times and averaged .360 as a team. 

Oklahoma State University committed senior Sydney Pennington (6-0) is undefeated on the mound this season, but spends most of her time at short stop where she has had a hand in 5 double plays this season. She currently holds a .549 batting average on 102 at bats this season, with 26 singles, 19 doubles, 1 triple, 10 home runs, 38 RBI (runs batted in), and 45 runs. Coaches frequently won't even allow their teams to pitch to her, and she has been walked 31 times this season--usually intentionally. She has not been struck out once. She gets on base more than 65% of the time and has 2 stolen bases this season. She has not been caught stealing. At the mound she is equally dangerous with a 1.41 ERA (earned run average) and 1.135 WHIP (walks + hits per innings pitched) on 39.6 innings pitched. She has faced 160 batters this season and has given up 23 hits, 18 walks, 9 runs, and 8 earned runs with 29 strikeouts. She throws 61% strikes and has only thrown 6 wild pitches and hit 4 batters this season. 

Sophomore first baseman Elizabeth Luttrell has been in on 2 double plays this season and is sitting at a .426 batting average on 54 at-bats, with 15 singles, 5 doubles, 3 home runs, 18 RBI, and 19 runs.

Sophomore pitcher, shortstop, and third baseman Madelyn Blair (13-2) holds an impressive record on the mound and has been in on 4 double plays this season. She currently holds a .342 batting average on 117 at-bats with 30 singles, 10 doubles, 4 sacrifices, 32 RBI, and 11 runs. She has stolen 1 base and been caught stealing 1 time. At the mound she holds a 1.41 ERA and 1.198 WHIP on 74.3 innings pitched. She has faced 314 batters this season and has given up 55 hits, 17 walks, 23 runs, 15 earned runs, with 53 strikeouts. She throws 69% strikes and has only thrown 2 wild pitches and hit 17 batters this season.

Freshman courtesy runner Makenna Skaggs has racked up the runs for our pitchers this season while seeing limited action at the plate. She holds a .333 batting average on 12 at-bats with 4 singles, 2 RBI, and 21 runs.

Freshman catcher Sabrina Usher holds a .327 batting average on 104 at-bats this season with 17 singles, 16 doubles, 1 home run, 2 sacrifices, 25 RBI, and 25 runs. She has stolen 1 base, been caught stealing once, and been picked off once. 

Senior outfielder Jessica Collins has seen a lot of action in center field this season and has made numerous wild catches to prevent base hits, and has been involved in 1 double play. She currently holds a .324 batting average on 111 at bats this season with 29 singles, 7 doubles, 18 sacrifices, 22 RBI, and 38 runs. She has stolen 5 bases and only been caught stealing once. 

Freshman outfielder Felicity Horn holds a .297 batting average on 101 at-bats this season, with 22 singles, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 4 sacrifices, 14 RBI, and 32 runs. She has stolen 1 base and been caught stealing once. 

Sophomore pitcher and left fielder Jacie Taber (11-6) holds a .292 batting average on 113 at-bats this season, with 23 singles, 9 doubles, 1 home run, 5 sacrifices, 20 RBI, and 19 runs. She has stolen 3 bases and been caught stealing twice. She holds a 1.38 ERA on the mound with a 1.134 WHIP on 112 innings pitched. She has faced 467 batters this season and has given up only 66 hits, 34 walks, 36 runs, 22 earned runs, with 98 strikeouts. She throws 66% strikes and has only thrown 5 wild pitches and hit 27 batters.

Sophomore second baseman Kimi Presnell has been in on 7 double plays this season and holds a .280 batting average on 107 at-bats, with 24 singles, 6 doubles, 4 sacrifices, 16 RBI, and 22 runs. She has stolen 11 bases and only been caught stealing twice. 

Sophomore third baseman Cameron Clemons has been in on 1 double play this season and holds a .274 batting average on 73 at-bats, with 15 singles, 5 doubles, 9 sacrifices, 17 RBI, and 16 runs. 

Senior outfielder Rachel Blair holds a .176 batting average on 74 at-bats this season, with 11 singles, 2 doubles, 6 sacrifices, 5 RBI and 12 runs. 

Jensen Arnold has seen limited play this season and currently holds a .500 batting average on 10 at-bats with 1 single, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBI, and 4 runs.

Freshman first baseman Rachel Jones hasn't seen much action this season, but has been in on one double play. She holds a .000 batting average on 4 at-bats. 

Sand Springs Little League team ranked #1 in USA, places fourth at World Series

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By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Oklahoma Thunder has proven themselves to be one of the best teams in the world. No, not the Oklahoma City basketball team. I'm talking about the Sand Springs-based Little League baseball team. The six-and-under squad has spent the last four months winning tournament after tournament and wrapped up the season with a State Championship and World Series appearance. 

Luke Barnes, Jayden Bussell, Drake Charles, Jessie Hubanks, Hayden Luce, Hilkyah Sampson, Cason Sharp, Colton Stevens, Keiton Thompson, Caleb Thompson, Caleb Torkelson, Randell Vickrey, Carter Wood, Wesley Woody, and Kayden Worthington comprise Oklahoma Thunder, which is currently ranked number one in the nation by the United States Specialty Sports Association. 

The dominating team trounced their opponents by an average of 13 to 5 over the course of the season and won six tournaments.

The Thunder went undefeated in the Sand Springs Youth Preseason Tournament, the Broken Arrow Striking Out Cancer Tournament, the World Qualifier in Bixby, and the State Qualifier in Sand Springs. They also placed first at the Bixby Annual Rings Tournament with a 17-11 payback win over Vinita's Dirty Dawgs who defeated the Thunder in the pool play. 

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In June the Thunder competed at the Oklahoma State Championship at Tulsa Hilti Park and stampeded through the competition without losing a single game in the double-elimination tournament. All three of their opponents went down by double digits. 

Last weekend the Thunder set out for Arlington to compete in the USSSA World Series as one of only two Oklahoma teams to make the tournament. The Broken Arrow Razorbacks also qualified for the series.

On day one the Thunder handily won their first game 12-1 over the Keller, Texas Outlaws, but tied 4-4 in the next game against the Texas Free Agents Elite. On Saturday they concluded pool play with an 18-5 rout of the Texas Reds to finish third in the pool. 

On Sunday the Thunder suffered a close 9-6 defeat at the hands of Team Citius Reyes and moved to the consolation bracket where they immediately began putting in work.

The Calallen, Texas Sandcrabs put up a tough fight before going down 4-1. Next to fall was the Keller, Texas Gold Spikes who had just eliminated the Razorbacks. After that 12-4 win, the Thunder had to fend off another neck-and-neck attempt from the Free Agents Elite and prevailed 11-10.

The Thunder season finally came to an end at the hands of the eventual World Series Runners-Up, the Spitfire Baseball team from Cleburne, Texas, in a 19-5 battle for third place. The Thunder may not have won the series, but fourth place is far from a disappointing finish. Needless to say, the local coaches will have their eyes on these boys for years to come. 

Oklahoma dominates Georgia 68-2 in Dual Nationals round one

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Team Oklahoma got off to a fast start against Team Georgia Blue in the first round of the Junior Greco-Roman Dual Nationals Wednesday morning, building up a massive lead before the wrestling even started.

Jet Taylor, Jacob Butler, and Jaxen Gilmore received forfeits for 126 to 138. Tuttle's Brik Filippo wasted no time in putting points on the board with a 10-0 tech fall over Khyree Alexander, then Sand Springs's Payton Scott took down Dustin Berry 10-0 in thirty seconds flat. Ezequiel Rubio pinned Cole White in a quick twenty then Nick Mahan teched Chandler Miele 13-2.

Bear Hughes continued the winning streak with an 11-0 tech over Devyn Villafane. Zach Marcheselli received a forfeit, Tanner Hawkins picked up a 16-6 tech fall over Richard Walker, then Trenton Lieutance, Alex Fields, and Wyatt Adams all received forfeits.  Alec McDoulett teched Brandon Foster 11-0 and Westmoore's Dalton Duffield wrapped things up with a 12-0 tech of Alex Cain for a final score of 68-2 with no matches lost.

Up next for Oklahoma is Team Pennsylvania who solidly defeated Team Kansas Red 49-12 in round one. 

Four Sandites will represent Oklahoma at Jr Dual Nationals

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Junior Dual Nationals will return to the Cox Business Center in Tulsa on June 22nd. The Tournament will last through the 25th and will feature four Charles Page High School wrestlers.

Last year Team Oklahoma bulldozed their way through both styles, placing fourth in Greco and first in Freestyle. That talented team included three Sandites. Cody Karstetter and Kyler Childers had just graduated that year and are now wrestling the collegiate circuit. Daton Fix is back to help his State defend its title.

Riley Weir just finished his Freshman year with a 21-12 record at the 106 pound class and a State Championship appearance. Weir placed fourth at the Perry Tournament of Champions and ninth at the highly prestigious Kansas City Stampede. He came in third at the Regional Championship to qualify for State, but was eliminated after losing his first two matches. Weir nursed an injured elbow throughout the final weeks of the high school season and wasn’t even close to full strength in the post-season. This event will be a great demonstration of his true potential in the upcoming high school season.

Jack Karstetter finished his Junior year with a 39-8 record and placed second at 132 pounds in the State Championship after giving up a heart-breaker 3-2 decision to Kruz Simons of Edmond North. Throughout the high school season he placed fourth at Perry, ninth at Kansas City, second at the Geary Invitational, first at the Sand Springs Invitational, first at the Jay Hancock Memorial, and secured the Regional Championship.

Since school let out he came in Runner-Up at the UWW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals and secured his spot on Team USA for the Pan-American Championships in Lima, Peru this July.

Daton Fix is earning his way into the history books after completing his third straight undefeated high school season. He’s currently sitting at an overall record of 118-0 with three-straight State Championships. He’s only the second Sandite in school history to win three State Championships, the first being David McGuire from 1963-1965. No Sandite has won four.

Since the high school season ended, Fix won the UWW Junior Freestyle National Championship, defeated the Iranian Champion Kheyrollah Gharamani at the Beat The Streets Gala in Times Square, and scored a pair of 10-0 tech falls over National Champion Austin Gomez to earn his way onto the USA World Team.

Fix will compete at the Grand Prix of Spain, a Senior level tournament in Madrid from July 9-10, then will travel to Fargo, North Dakota for the Junior Freestyle Nationals from July 16-23 where he is a defending Champion. From August 30th through September 4th he will compete at the UWW World Championship in Macon, France.

Payton Scott finished his Sophomore year with a 19-6 record at 152 pounds and placed fourth in the State Championship. He missed the first half of the season while getting back in shape after a long and grueling football post-season, but placed fourth at Geary, second at Sand Springs, and first at the Regional Championship.

Scott was also a member of last year’s Cadet National Dual Team that finished seventh in Freestyle and second in Greco. Overall he went 13-3 between the two styles.

Other Team Oklahoma members include:

  • Alex Fields of Guthrie, 2016 Southern Plains Regional Champion in both styles.
  • Rhett Golowenski of Tuttle, two-time OSSAA 4A State Champion.
  • Mason Naifeh of Tulsa Union, two-time OSSAA 6A State Placer.
  • Wyatt Adams of Lawton MacArthur, 2015 OSSAA 5A State Champion.
  • Dalton Duffield of Westmoore, three-time OSSAA 6A finalist, 2015 Fargo National Champion.
  • Jacob Butler of Elgin, 2016 OSSAA 4A State Champion.
  • Kaden Gfeller of Heritage Hall, three-time undefeated OSSAA 3A State Champion.
  • Brik Filippo of Tuttle, 2016 OSSAA 4A State Champion, two-time finalist.
  • Beau Guffey of Tuttle, three-time OSSAA 4A State Champion.
  • Jaryn Curry of Choctaw, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Champion, 2015 USAW Cadet National Runner-Up.
  • Dayton Garrett of Tuttle, three-time OSSAA 4A State Finalist, 2015 State Champion.
  • Wyatt Sheets of Stilwell, four-time OSSAA 4A State Champion, Oklahoma State commit.
  • Christian Bahl of Stillwater, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Champion.
  • Dan Baker of Sulphur, 2016 OSSAA 3A State Champion.
  • Drew Hinkle of Jenks, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Runner-Up.
  • Zach Marcheselli of Broken Arrow, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Champion.
  • Bear Hughes of Coweta, 2016 OSSAA 5A State Champion.
  • Gunner Cash of Tecumseh, two-time OSSAA 4A State Qualifier.
  • Gage Johnson of Norman North, 2016 OSSAA 6A State Runner-Up.
  • Trenton Lieurance of Broken Arrow, two-time OSSAA 6A State Placer.

Sand Springs High School bass teams place top ten at Ft. Gibson Tournament

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By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

All three Charles Page High School fishing teams traveled to Fort Gibson this weekend for the last leg of the Oklahoma Bass Nation High School Trail. The lake hosted two back-to-back single day tournaments to conclude the regular season.

SUBMITTED: Hilger (left) and Daczewitz (right) are sponsored by True Smile Orthodontics, American Crating Company, Economy Lumber, Cust-o-Fab, Keystone Chevrolet, Air Solutions, Whitey's Pawn, Woody's Bait & Tackle, Danny's Auto Repair, and A1 Rental.

Braden Millican and Ty Steelman placed eighth in the first tournament with four fish weighing a total 9.41 pounds. The largest weighed in at 3.59 pounds. Noah Daczewitz and Hunter Hilger came in at ninth place with two fish weighing 6.39 pounds total. Their largest was 4.52 pounds. Caden Pennington and John Miller tied for last place after failing to land a catch. It was a rough day all around as only five of the thirty teams in the competition hauled in the full five-fish limit. Ten teams didn't land a single fish. 

SUBMITTED: Pennington (left) and Miller (right).

The Day Two tournament wasn't much better for the Sandites. Daczewitz and Hilger fared well for the second day in a row, coming in eleventh with three fish totaling 7.21 pounds, but the other two teams had a far rougher time. Miller and Pennington landed one fish at a solid 3.75 pounds for nineteenth place, but Millican and Steelman were unable to replicate their prior day's success. Team Three had several bites, according to Coach Bradley Millican, but three big ones slipped the hook right at the boat. 

Daczewitz and Hilger finished the regular season ninth in the state out of 42 teams with 357 points. Central Oklahoma's Keenom and Knoch finished with the top rank at 392 points and will get to travel to the National Championship this summer. The Sand Springs First Team participated in all five tournaments this season and placed fifteenth at Lake Eufala, twelfth at Lake Murray, and twenty-eighth at Lake Texoma.

SUBMITTED: Steelman (left) and Millican (right) are sponsored by Colburn Electric, A&M Baits, Basskwondo, New Wave Plastics, Lews, and Bison Coolers. 

Miller and Pennington finished the season sixteenth in the state with 291 points. They missed the Eufala Tournament due to mechanical problems, but placed fifteenth at Murray and a very impressive fourth place at Texoma. 

Team Three had a rough time this season as they missed the first three tournaments due to conflicts with baseball season and ultimately placed thirty-sixth. Millican and Steelman had a solid debut in the first Ft. Gibson Tournament, but would have needed to place first both days just to finish in the top 25. 

The State Championship Tournament will be held on June 25, 2016 at Lake Keystone and all three teams will be competing. 

Nashoba Pannell and Quintin Wimer place eighth in State Champsionship Doubles

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Charles Page High School qualified three boys for the Tennis State Championship in Oklahoma City this weekend. Dakotah Mitchell qualified in #1 Singles and Nashoba Pannell and Quintin Wimer qualified in #2 Doubles and went on to take eighth place.

The Sandite doubles team won their first match against Yukon 2-1 with sets of 4-6, 6-3, and 6-4 but dropped the next round to Edmond Memorial 6-1 and 6-0.  

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Moving to the consolation bracket, the duo scored a pair of close sets over Muskogee at 6-4 and 7-6 before falling 6-2 and 6-4 to Owasso. The tournament came full circle as the boys were pitted once more against Yukon, but this time it was the Millers who got the edge. Sand Springs won the first set 6-2 but their adversaries rallied for a pair of close 7-6 wins for the upset. 

Mitchell had a tough match to start against Broken Arrow's Luciano Razzouli, who went on to take eighth place, and gave up a pair of 6-2 sets. In the consolation bracket he took on Jake Golightly of Edmond North and lost 6-3 and 6-2.

Photo galleries from this season can be found HERE.

CPHS junior Cheyenne Walden wins fifth State Championship by wide margin

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Cheyenne Walden picked up her fifth State Championship medal Friday afternoon at Moore High School, and she's not done yet. The State Championship Track Meet will continue Saturday morning where the Sandite of the Week will compete in the 800 meter and 1600 meter races. 

Walden won her first state championship in cross country as a freshman, then came in third in the 3200 meter run at the State Track Meet in Yukon after being edged out by less than three seconds. Last year she defended her cross country state title and picked up her first gold medal in track after beating the runner-up by a full 18 seconds in the 3200. 

Now a junior, Walden has set her sites on even bigger fish. She won yet another cross country championship this past fall with a remarkable 52.3 second lead over her closest competitor. Friday the 13th in Moore, she won her 13th competition of the season--and it was the most important one of all. 

Beating her closest competitor by an incredible 37.34 seconds, Walden defended her 3200 title for her fourth state championship with a time of 10:55.99. 

Earlier in the day Walden competed in the 4x800 relay with Nia Byrd, Alexis Davis, and Elizabeth Watts. The four were the first team ever from Sand Springs to qualify in the 3200 relay and placed 13th with a time of 10:28.63. 

The incredible athlete will get the chance to win two more medals Saturday when she competes in the 800 meter run at 12:20 and the 1600 meter run at 2:35. Last year she came in runner-up in the 1600 behind fellow Lady Sandite Morgan Long, who is now a freshman at the University of Oklahoma.

It's worth noting that Walden is the first Lady Sandite in school history to qualify for State in four different categories in the same year. The Awards Presentation will be held at 4:00 PM. 

Lady Sandite Softball says goodbye to six seniors after this season: three will play in college

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School softball team has had a heck of a ride this year and will graduate six seniors this Saturday. Cody Cheatham, Stella Millican, Kennedy "Goose" Salyers, Jessica Schuler, and Caley Thompson have all played their last games for the Sandites, but each has even bigger and better things in store. 

In the fast pitch season this fall the Lady Sandites had one of the best seasons in school history with a 31-9 record and lost the State Championship 4-3 to Choctaw in the finals. The team was shorthanded in the slow pitch season this spring and got off to a rough start, but finished with a winning record of 12-7 and had several quality wins over highly ranked opponents.

Cheatham played third base during the fast pitch season and scored 12 runs and 11 RBI with a .246 batting average, .318 slugging average, and .268 on-base percentage. She hit 13 singles, 3 doubles, and 1 triple.

Mallory played catcher during the fast pitch season and scored 6 runs and 26 RBI with a .351 batting average, .486 slugging average, and .415 OBP. She hit 26 singles, 12 doubles, and 1 home run.

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Millican played right field in the fast pitch season and scored 8 runs and 5 RBI with a .164 batting average, .196 slugging average, and .329 OBP. She hit 8 singles and 2 doubles. In the slow pitch season she scored 7 runs and 18 RBI with a .423 batting average, .635 slugging average, and .524 OBP. She hit 16 singles, 2 doubles, 3 triples, and 1 home run. She also pitched a 4-3 record for a 1.40 earned run average and 2.779 WHIP. Over 41 innings she struck out 1 batter with a 61% strike percentage. Millican will be playing for the Evangels at Mid-American Christian University this fall. 

Salyers played left field and pitched during the fast pitch season and scored 53 runs and 10 RBI with a .387 batting average, .556 slugging average, and .472 OBP. She hit 28 singles, 17 doubles, and 3 triples. She amassed an incredible 18-2 record on the mound with an impressive 1.64 ERA and 1.245 WHIP. Over 119 innings she struck out 70 batters with a 66% strike percentage. In the slow pitch season she scored 33 runs and 15 RBI with a .500 batting average, .771 slugging average, and .545 OBP. She hit 23 singles, 7 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs. Salyers will be playing for Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the fall.

Schuler played first base during the fast pitch season and scored 38 runs and 63 RBI with a team-high .514 batting average, .897 slugging average, and .606 OBP. She hit 36 singles, 8 doubles, 11 home runs, and 4 grand slams. In the slow pitch season she scored 26 runs and 37 RBI with a .566 batting average, 1.509 slugging average, and .662 OBP. She hit 9 singles, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 14 home runs, and 1 grand slams. She also pitched an 8-4 record for a 1.13 ERA and 2.143 WHIP. Over 72 innings she struck out 2 batters with a 38% strike percentage. Schuler will be playing for Northeastern State University this fall. 

Thompson scored 10 runs during the fast pitch season with a .160 batting average, .160 slugging average, and .192 OBP with 4 singles. She will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design this fall where she will be studying visual arts and animation programs.

The Charles Page High School graduation will be held this Saturday at the Mabee Center at 7:30 PM. Doors will open for the event at 6:00 PM.

Carson Griggs finishes 20th at State Championship, Garrett Griggs places 38th

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Brothers Carson and Garrett Griggs were the lone Sandite golfers to qualify for the State Tournament this year, and both fared well at Karsten Creek in Stillwater earlier this week. 

The State Tournament started Monday morning with 18 holes and concluded Tuesday with 36 holes. Garrett and Carson were neck and neck in the first round with scores of 86 and 87 respectively. Garrett was tied for 28th place and Carson was tied for 35th place.

The two went opposite directions in round two, however, and Carson shot 155, the 11th best score of the day, bumping him up to 20th overall. Garrett shot a 170 and dropped to 38th, still a solid performance in a field of 78. 

Carson shot 242 against an average score of 255, while Garrett shot 256. Carson was a mere thirteen strokes behind the State Champion. He placed 30th last year, so 20th as a sophomore puts his career on a good track. Garrett is a senior and finished his career in style with his first State Championship appearance.

Sandite of the Week: Cheyenne Walden

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

This week Sandite Pride News would like to recognize Charles Page High School junior Cheyenne Walden as Sandite of the Week for her outstanding performance at the Regional Track Meet Saturday at Claremore High School.

Walden is the first Lady Sandite ever to qualify for State in four different categories. She placed first in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:17.06, first in the 3200 with a time of 11:00.78, and third in the 800 with a time of 2:21.30. 

Additionally, Walden carried the baton on the last leg of the two mile relay and helped her teammates become the first squad to ever qualify from Sand Springs in that category. Nia Byrd, Alexis Davis, and Elizabeth Watts will be joining her at the State Championship this weekend at Moore High School. 

Walden is quite possibly the greatest runner in school history and already holds four State Championship medals. She claimed her third-consecutive Cross Country State Championship this fall and she also won the 3600 at last year's State Track Meet.


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

Businesses or organizations seeking to sponsor the Sandite of the Week award may contact the above email for inquiries.

Four Sandites qualify for State Championship Track Meet

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School girls track team qualified four for the State Tournament at the 6A East Regional Track Meet in Claremore Saturday morning. Alexis Davis, Nia Byrd, Elizabeth Watts, and Cheyenne Walden placed fourth in the 4x800 meter relay with their best performance of the season in 10:18.1. Walden also qualified individually in the 800, 1600, and 3200 races with first place finishes in the later two. 

Walden is undefeated in the 3200, having won seven first place medals this season. She finished the 3200 at Regionals in 11:00.78 and picked up her fourth win of the season in the 1600 with a time of 5:17.06. She also qualified in the 800 with a third place finish in 2:21.30. Last year Walden won a State Championship in the 3200 with a time of 11:08.366, beating the runner-up by an 18-second margin. She also came in runner-up in the 1600 behind teammate Morgan Long. As a freshman she placed third in 3200, and she's a three-time Cross Country State Champion.

Elizabeth Watts placed 8th in High Jump at 4'06.00" and 9th in the 300 hurdles with a time of 56.19. Lauren Barkdull placed 16th in the 1600 with a season-best time of 6:39.91. Sara Abbet placed 17th in the 1600 with a season-best time of 6:44.22.

Overall, the girls placed seventh as a team and the boys came in eighth. Landin Green, Jacob Garby, Ian Baustert, and Aden Baughman ran the 4x800 relay and placed 6th with a season-best 8:42.1.

Freshman Aden Baughman set a personal record with a 6th place finish in the 1600 in 4:45.49. Colton Washington placed 10th in long jump with a distance of 19'09.5". 

Jacob Fortune placed 12th in the 100 in 11.97, 15th in the long jump at 17'04.5", and 16th in the discus throw with a personal best of 98'10". Austin McCaskey came in 12th in the 800 with a season-best 2:12.79.

Jacob Smith placed 16th in the 3200 with a season-best 11:48.26, closely followed by Danny Murray who placed 17th with a season-best 11:50.25. Kobe Chin placed 19th in discus with a distance of 77'05". 

The State Tournament Track Meet will be held at Moore High School on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th. Events will begin Friday at 10:00 AM. 

The photo gallery from the Regional Track Meet can be found at https://sanditepride.smugmug.com/20152016-Track-and-Field/5716-Regional-Track-Meet-at/

Sand Springs qualifies two for Golf State Championship

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School golf teams failed to qualify for the State Championship as a whole, but two boys placed high enough as individuals to earn their ticket to Stillwater. Not just two boys, but two brothers. 

The 6A East Regional was held at Ponca City this year and Carson and Garrett Griggs were among the seven players to qualify as individuals. Carson had the best round of the seven, scoring rounds of 81 and 73. Garrett came in third with rounds of 77 and 82. 

Sand Springs has never had a State Champion in Golf, so if one of the Griggs brothers pull it off, they'll notch a special place in the history book.

Carson qualified as a freshman (he's a sophomore now) and placed 30th of 73 last year, coming in right in the middle of the pack with a total score of 161, fourteen strokes behind the Champion.

Weather permitting, the State Tournament will be held at Karsten Creek in Stillwater May 9-10. The girls team did not qualify anyone this year.

3X Sandite of the Week: Daton Fix

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

This week Sandite Pride would like to recognize Charles Page High School junior Daton Fix as Sandite of the Week for his outstanding performance at the United World of Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Fix traveled to Vegas this weekend to defend his 2015 UWW Junior National title, and defend it he did, defeating some of the top names in the game. The 126 pound grappler is ranked second in the nation in his weight class and is riding a 54-straight win streak with 21 pins and 20 tech falls, only winning two matches since October by less than eight points. 

The tournament featured some tough competition. Fix defeated University at Buffalo sophomore Kyle Akins 14-4, and two-time Illinois State Champion Kristopher Williams 10-0. In the semi-finals he scored a 10-0 tech fall over Austin Gomez, who is ranked fifth in the nation in 126 and just finished the high school season with a 40-1 record and a State Championship. The final match was Fix's closest battle since October, but he still came out with the win, defeating Gavin Teasdale 6-5 for the Championship. Teasdale is ranked first in the nation in class 113. 

This is Fix's third time being featured as Sandite of the Week. Some of Fix's titles include:

  • 2011 ASICS/USAW Kids Freestyle Schoolboy National Championship
  • 2012 ASICS/USAW Kids Folkstyle Schoolboy National Runner-Up
  • 2012 ASICS/USAW Schoolboy Freestyle National Champion
  • 2012 ASICS/USAW Schoolboy Greco-Roman National Champion
  • 2012 Cliff Keen USAW Preseason National Middle School Champion
  • 2013 FILA Cadet Nationals Freestyle Runner-Up
  • 2013 USAW Cadet Greco-Roman National Champion
  • 2013 USAW Cadet Freestyle National Champion
  • 2013 Kansas City Stampede Champion
  • 2014 OSSAA 6A State Champion
  • 2014 Cliff Keen USAW Cadet Folkstyle National Champion
  • 2014 Cadet Freestyle Pan American Champion
  • 2014 Cadet Greco-Roman Pan American Champion
  • 2014 ASICS/FILA Cadet National Freestyle Champion
  • 2014 USAW Junior Freestyle Dual National Champion (Team Oklahoma)
  • 2014 World Freestyle Championship 10th Place
  • 2014 Youth Olympic Games Freestyle Silver Medalist
  • 2014 Super 32 Runner-Up
  • 2014 Kansas City Stampede Champion
  • 2015 OSSAA 6A State Champion
  • 2015 Junior Folkstyle FloNationals Champion
  • 2015 UWW Junior Freestyle National Champion
  • 2015 UWW Cadet Freestyle National Champion
  • 2015 Junior Freestyle Dual National Champion (Team Oklahoma)
  • 2015 USAW Junior Freestyle National Champion
  • 2015 Cadet World Championship Bronze Medalist
  • 2015 Kansas City Stampede Champion
  • 2015 Geary Invitational Champion
  • 2016 OSSAA 6A State Champion

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

Businesses or organizations seeking to sponsor the Sandite of the Week award may contact the above email for inquiries.

Sandites will travel to Owasso for Regionals and battle Broken Arrow in Round One

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released the 6A Regional baseball brackets Monday afternoon. The Charles Page High School team (21-14) will travel to Owasso Wednesday at 2:30 PM for their first round game against Broken Arrow (21-14). 

The Sandites and Tigers have neck-and-neck records, each winning 21 games and losing 14, and each having one win over the other. In the Sand Springs/Broken Arrow Wooden Bat Tournament the Tigers got the 6-4 win, but the Sandites retaliated with a 10-3 victory of their own less than a week later. 

The tournament is double-elimination, and from there the Sandites will take on either Sapulpa (6-21) or Owasso (25-6). Sapulpa shouldn't pose much difficulty, as the Sandites have already defeated their Highway 97 rivals three times this season by a combined score of 26-7.

Owasso will be the biggest obstacle in the way of the Sandites' ticket to State. The Rams are the top team in the district and have already defeated Sand Springs twice, just last week. The games were far from blowouts, however, and the Sandites nearly overtook Owasso in the first game. losing by a close 11-10.

PITCHING

Conner Dennis (1-0) has an earned run average of 0.00, having faced 23 batters over 7 innings. He's given up 1 hit, 3 walks, 0 runs, and 0 earned runs while pitching 64% strikes for 4 strikeouts and a .643 WHIP.

Rhett Rutledge (2-1) has an earned run average of 2.07, having faced 125 batters over 27 innings. He's given up 25 hits, 21 walks, 13 runs, and 8 earned runs while pitching 56% strikes for 23 strikeouts and a .561 WHIP. He also has 2 saves and 0 blown saves.

Brock Youngblood (4-1) has an earned run average of 2.57, having faced 136 batters over 33 innings. He's given up 33 hits, 14 walks, 18 runs, and 12 earned runs while pitching 64% strikes for 13 strikeouts and a 1.317 WHIP.

Hunter Greathouse (2-0) has an earned run average of 3.73, having faced 66 batters over 15 innings. He's given up 8 hits, 12 walks, 10 runs, and 8 earned runs while pitching 61% strikes for 32 strikeouts and a 1.200 WHIP. He also has 1 save and 0 blown saves.

University of Oklahoma-commit Jake Terry has an earned run average of 3.77, having faced 211 batters over 42.66 innings. He's given up 45 hits, 42 walks, 29 runs, and 23 earned runs while pitching 58% strikes for 51 strikeouts and a 1.946 WHIP. 

Jake Ward (4-3) has an earned run average of 3.91, having faced 227 batters over 48 innings. He's given up 49 hits, 34 walks, 33 runs, and 27 earned runs while pitching 57% strikes for 49 strikeouts and a 1.635 WHIP.

Josh Cordell (2-3) has an earned run average of 3.95, having faced 164 batters over 34 innings. He's given up 40 hits, 41 walks, 31 runs, and 19 earned runs while pitching 42% strikes for 26 strikeouts and a 1.753 WHIP.

Joey Montgomery (1-2) has an earned run average of 6.64, having faced 96 batters over 19 innings. He's given up 23 hits, 12 walks, 22 runs, and 18 earned runs while pitching 55% strikes for 10 strikeouts and a 1.632 WHIP.

 

BATTING

Cody Motes holds a .500 batting average, .500 slugging average, and .500 OBP with 3 runs, 1 RBI, 1 single, and 3 stolen bases.

Hunter Greathouse has a .390 batting average, a .470 slugging average, and a .483 OBP. He's scored 23 runs and 15 RBI with 29 singles, 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 8 sacrifices. He's also stolen 11 bases this season.

Jake Ward has batted .381 this season with a .488 slugging average and .563 OBP. He's scored 20 runs and 16 RBI with 25 singles, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 4 sacrifices, and 4 stolen bases.

Josh Taber has batted .366 this season with a .387 slugging average and a .491 OBP. He's scored 30 runs and 19 RBI with 32 singles, 2 doubles, 6 sacrifices, and 23 stolen bases.

Joey Montgomery is batting .351 with a .443 slugging average and a .457 OBP. He's scored 3 runs and 21 RBI with 27 singles, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 1 sacrifice, and 2 stolen bases.

Tyler McCallie is sitting at .339 batting, and .542 slugging, with a .473 OBP. He's scored 20 runs and 11 RBI with 13 singles, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 2 sacrifices, and 9 stolen bases.

Rhett Rutledge has batted .339 this season with a .523 slugging average and .471 OBP. He's scored 34 runs and 20 RBI with 24 singles, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 7 sacrifices, and 20 stolen bases.

Riley Rutledge has batted .333 this season with a .333 slugging average and .600 OBP. He's scored 2 runs and 1 RBI with 1 single.

Treyce Tolbert holds a .314 batting average, .392 slugging average, and .462 OBP He's scored 25 runs and 21 RBI with 26 singles, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 5 sacrifices, and 10 stolen bases.

Ty Fain holds a .282 batting average, a .308 slugging average, and a .451 OBP. He's scored 10 runs and 8 RBI with 9 singles, 2 doubles, 2 stole bases, and 4 sacrifices.

Jake Terry has batted .276 this season with a .483 slugging average and .408 OBP. He's scored 9 runs and 10 RBI on 8 singles, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 2 sacrifices, and 5 stolen bases.

Southwestern Christian University-signee Trevor Tolbert has batted .244 this season for a .308 slugging average and .366 OBP. He's scored 10 runs and 17 RBI on 15 singles, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 5 sacrifices, and 1 stolen base.

Mack Thompson holds a .237 batting average, .395 slugging average, and .396 OBP. He's scored 16 runs and 4 RBI with 5 singles, 3 doubles, 1 home run, and 5 stolen bases.

Brock Youngblood has a .200 batting average, a .200 slugging average, and a .200 OBP. He has scored 1 runs and 2 RBI on 1 single.

Malachi Walton has batted .167 with a .167 slugging average and a .375 OBP. He's scored 17 runs and 2 RBI with 1 single and 5 stolen bases.

Kameron Adcock has racked up a .167 batting average, a .167 slugging average, and a .286 on-base percentage. He's scored 3 runs, hit 1 single, and stolen 1 base this season.

Sandite of the Week: Hunter Greathouse

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Photo by: Morgan Miller, Executive Director

This week Sandite Pride would like to recognize Charles Page High School junior Hunter Greathouse as Sandite of the Week for his consistent outstanding performances in all five games at the Best of the West baseball tournament in Phoenix, Arizona over Spring Break.

Greathouse averaged .500 batting and slugging with a .467 OBP, as well as pitched his first win of the season in the tournament finale against Coconino. 

The Sandites (6-2) won their fourth straight in the tournament opener 3-1 against the Greenway High Demons (8-2). Greathouse hit a single in the top of the fifth as the teams were tied up 1-1, but was left stranded. In the seventh, however, he was walked, and scored the final run of the game on a Josh Taber single.

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In the first loss of the season, Greathouse singled in the third period against Sunrise Mountain (10-5-1), but was stranded as the Peoria, Arizona team went on to a 7-0 shutout. 

In the third game of the series, the Sandites were pitted against Chaparral High (12-2) of Scottsdale, Arizona. Greathouse flied out his first two at bats, but hit a single in the top of the sixth. He was replaced with courtesy runner Kameron Adcock, who was left stranded as Jake Terry struck out. The Firebirds won that game 2-1. 

Sand Springs got back on track in the next round with a 14-2 run-rule over Scottsdale's Notre Dam Prep (7-8). Greathouse got on base twice, each time with singles, each time being batted in on doubles from Trevor Tolbert. 

In the final game the Sandites took on Coconino (2-11) from Flagstaff, Arizona. Greathouse went to the mound for the second time this season, his first time as the starter, and threw 58% strikes, giving up only three hits and striking out nine batters over six innings. He struck out two in the first inning, giving up one walk that scored. He struck out three more over the next two innings, but walked in two runners on loaded bases in the top of the fourth and Coconino took a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the inning he hit a single and courtesy runner Tyler McCallie went on to score. He singled to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth and once more McCallie scored in his stead. He struck out the side in order in the top of the sixth then scored Rhett Rutledge on a sacrifice for a final score of 8-3. 

In addition to being a stud on the diamond, he's also the starting quarterback on the State Runner-Up football team where he threw 99-185-8-1767 for 18 touchdowns, as well as 5 rushing touchdowns. 


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

Businesses or organizations seeking to sponsor the Sandite of the Week award may contact the above email for inquiries.

 

Carter Young wins Jr. High State Championship, 3 other Sandites place in top 4

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Sand Springs sent four wrestlers to the 2016 Junior High All State Tournament in Oklahoma City last month and all four placed. 

Carter Young pinned his way through his first three opponents in the 6th & 7th Grade 80 pound bracket, taking down Brady Benham (Collinsville) in 0:28, Aiden Godbehere (Blackwell) in 1:00, and Cooper Evans (Bristow) in 2:34. In the semifinals he was pitted against Cotton Bowl National Champion Jordan Cullors of Collinsville and prevailed by way of 14-3 major decision. The championship match would be a lot closer and Young went into a sudden victory round with Blazik Perez of Broken Arrow, tied 6-6. The Sandite came out with the takedown, however, and claimed his second consecutive Junior High State Championship title.

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Blake Jones competed at 92 pounds in the 6th & 7th Grade division and pinned Noah Ballard (Blackwell) in 2:43. He defeated his next opponent, Nathan Dekker, by 8-2 decision, but went down in the quarterfinals 10-2 to Bryce Dauphin of Tuttle. In the consolation bracket he pinned Grant Bunten (Owasso) in 3:45, then repeated his victory over Dekker by a narrow 2-0 decision. In the semifinal he edged out Shaun Muse 8-7, but lost in the finals to Jacob Wright of Southmoore by 2-0 ultimate tie-breaker and took 4th place. 

Seth Jones pinned his first two opponents in a combined 49 seconds. Competing at 101 pounds in the Junior High division, he took down Jacob Burdette (Bixby) in 0:24 and Alex Oquinn (Wagoner) in 0:25, then scored a 9-3 decision over David Boucher (Bartlesville) and a 4-0 decision over Ryder Ramsey (Tuttle). In the semifinals he was edged out 2-1 by Branden Elrod (Jenks) but he recovered in the consolation bracket with a 6-4 decision over Cade Waltman and a 5-2 decision over Luke Surber (Tuttle) for a third place finish. 

Irwin Portillo, who also saw action on the varsity mat this season, competed at 118 in the Junior High division. He pinned Gye Roedel (Kingfisher) in 1:13, then majored David Mendoza (Catoosa) 13-1. The next few matches were a lot closer as he edged out Timothy Trigg (Deer Creek) 3-2, then took down Josh Parks (Blanchard) 3-1 in a sudden victory round. His streak came to an end in the semifinals when he was pinned in 4:39 by freshman 6A State-Qualifier Spencer Schickram (Ponca City) who would go on to win the tournament. Portillo rebounded quickly with a 16-1 tech fall over Zack Mayes (Comanche), then defeated Roarke Simpson (Southmoore) by 7-4 decision for a third place finish.