February 5, 2023

Ben Johnson for the Tulsa World

Laynee Stanley and Addy Whiteley, Fort Gibson: The two sophomores developed a championship run for the Tigers at the Old Fort Classic over the weekend. Stanley had 34 points and 40 rebounds in three games and Whiteley had 38 points while the Tigers improved to 10-5.

Bella Pehrson, Mannford: Senior had 39 points, 20 rebounds, 12 assists and nine steals in three wins at the North Country Invitational for the 4A No. 10 Pirates (15-1).

Jade Upton, Caney Valley: The senior point guard scored 13 points in the Trojans’ 53-44 loss to Oklahoma Bible Academy in the championship game of the Caney Valley tournament.

Ali Schwerdtfeger, Adair: Freshman had 21 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in the Warriors’ 47-44 win over Oktaha in Saturday’s third-place playoff at the Kellyville Tournament. Adair is now 10-6 this season.

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5A #1 Sapulpa (13-1) at 6A #10 Jenks (9-4), Tuesday: The showdown between Frontier Valley Conference rivals features two of the best around in Sapulpa’s Stailee Heard and Jenks’ Jill Twiehaus.

6A: No. 6 Bixby (9-6) at No. 11 Broken Arrow (10-5), Tuesday: Broken Arrow has won six times in a row.

5A: No. 10 Pryor (11-5) at No. 11 Grove (9-4), Friday: Playoff ties are not too far away and if either Pryor or Grove are hoping to host a regional league, a win here would be crucial.

NEWS AND NOTES

Coons reaches milestone

Kiefer’s Hannah Coons became the youngest player to surpass 1,000 points when she scored 24 points in a 72-40 win over Cleveland last week.

“Getting to 1,000 points has always been a goal I wanted to achieve in my high school career,” said Coons. “Being able to achieve this goal as a junior makes it even more unforgettable and special for me.”

What makes it even more special for Coons is that her father is on the sidelines, leading the Trojans to where they are currently – fifth in Class 3A.

“She works her tail off outside of practice, especially last year when she worked on her perimeter play,” said Kiefer coach John Coons. “She’s also been fortunate to play with great teammates along the way and she couldn’t do it without them.”

Hannah said: “I watched my dad coach multiple teams growing up and my brother too. That he can coach me and be by my side means everything to me. Making those memories with my dad is something I will never forget.”

The Trojans finished the weekend in second place in their own tournament, and at 11-4 they are yet to lose a game against a team below Tier 4A.

“The most important thing for us in the second half of the season will be to perfect the little things and stick to our script,” said Hannah Coons. “The script is a standard we live by every day and if we stick to it, there’s no doubt we’ll be happy with the outcome.”

Wagoners on the way up

No. 9 Waggoner remains committed to climbing up the 4A rankings. The Bulldogs defeated No. 11 Muldrow, 39-24, in Saturday night’s Checotah Tournament 4A Finals.

“We knew this was a big week and we were hoping to play Muldrow – to fight for places on the leaderboard,” said Wagoner coach Randi Pawpa. “(Muldrow) is such a good team. We were #2 seed and they were #1 seed, so we really wanted to win that tournament. It was also one of our team goals that we set before the start of the season to win tournaments.”

Waggoner won his second tournament of the season after winning the Haskell tournament in December, defeating Muldrow thanks to Gracie Burckhartzmeyer’s 19 points and Gracy Shieldnight’s 10 rebounds and six assists. Oh, and lots of defense.

“Our kids chose a tough defense this year and that’s kept us going,” Pawpa said. “Also our bench is the reason why we can play hard, it gives us so much energy.”

Pawpa also pointed to Ellee Bryant, Cambri Pawpa, Brooklyn Austin and Joci Bryant as key figures for a Bulldogs team that is now 14-1.

Juvenile Eagles

Rejoice that Christian’s trainer Paige Wadley has to dig deep into her depth chart this season. For example, in a 60-59 overtime win over Morrison, senior Lexi Henson led by 20 points while freshmen Madison Hunnicut, Sarah Heiskell, Iilah Cariker and Cassidy Hurst combined for 37 points.

Wadley pointed out that two starters are currently missing and only eight are currently available to play.

“Our biggest challenge has been the numbers overall,” Wadley said. “We only have eight healthy and playing players at the moment and not having enough to get our girls through live replays in training is the biggest challenge we face.”

The Eagles are now 9-6 with just seven games left until the postseason.

“While our schedule may be tough and it’s not easy throwing a few freshmen into games with very few live replays,” Wadley said, “we see it as an opportunity to get better with every game and move forward to the playoffs.” to prepare. We celebrate small victories in every game and training session.”

OSSAArankings.com coach polls, first place votes in parentheses, record as of Jan. 22 followed by voting points.

1. Edmond North (27) 16-0, 560; 2. Edmond Memorial (1) 13-2, 531; 3. Putnam West 12-3, 488; 4. BT Washington 13-2, 461; 5. Midwest City 13-3, 449; 6. Bixby 9-6, 438; 7. Norman 10-4, 418; 8. Choctaw 10-4, 378; 9. Sand Springs 11-4, 352; 10. Jenks 9-4, 312; 11. Broken Arrow 10-5, 299; 12. Yukon 11-4, 270; 13. Moore 9-7, 243; 14. Norman North 8-8, 212; 15. Owasso 8-7, 191.

1. Sapulpa (27) 13-1, 559; 2. Carl Albert (2) 14-2, 531; 3. Tahlequah 15-2, 505; 4. El Reno 12-3, 464; 5. Holland Hall 13-2, 425; 6. Rogers 13-4, 408; 7. Piedmont 11-6, 385; 8. Lawton MacArthur 11-5, 377; 9. Glenpool 11-6, 350; 10. Pryor 11-5, 330; 11. Grove 9-4, 324; 12. Duncan 9-5, 238; 13. McAlester 9-8, 233; 14. Guthrie 9-5, 221; 15. Durant 10-5, 220.

1.Lincoln Christian (37) 14-1, 991; 2. Tuttle (7) 15-2, 959; 3. Bethany (8) 15-1, 941; 4. Kingfisher 13-3, 771; 5. Weatherford 14-3, 753; 6. Verdigris 13-3, 695; 7. Anadarko 14-2, 681; 8. Harding Charter (1) 16-3, 647; 9. Wagoner (2) 14-1, 640; 10. Mannford 15-1, 551; 11. Muldrow 13-3, 507; 12. Oologa 14-2, 479; 13th classes SAS 11-8, 448; 14. Locust Grove 12-4, 396; 15. Tecumseh 13-4, 333.

1. Washington (27) 17-0, 871; 2. Jones (13) 12-3, 832; 3. Bethel (5) 14-3, 821; 4. Idabel (3) 15-1, 793; 5. Silo (1) 12-4, 652; 6. Jaws 11-4, 642; 7. Luther 11-3, 635; 8. Kingston 11-4, 598; 9. Alba 15-3, 585; 10. Purcell 11-5, 498; 11. Morris 11-5, 438; 12. Marlow 11-5, 436; 13. Holdenville 13-4, 375; 14. Comanches 9-5, 254; 15. Dickson 11-6, 214.

1. Dale (53) 19-1, 1.098. 2. Amber-Pocasset (1) 18-1, 1.020; 3. Merritt (1) 14-1, 863; 4. Warner 12-3, 851; 5. Preston 15-3, 850; 6. Pocola 10-4, 838; 7. Howe 13-4, 777; 8. Afton (1) 14-2, 757; 9. Oktaha 14-4, 670; 10. Hobart 14-2, 582; 11 (tie). Nutte 13-4, 513 and Okemah 12-3, 513; 13. Pawhuska 13-3, 512; 14. Fairland 13-3, 423; 15. Stroud 13-3, 320.

1. Seiling (62) 14-1, 1.389. 2. Caddo (14) 18-0, 1.333; 3.Vanoss (1) 18-0, 1,200; 4. Riverside 18-1, 1.171; 5.Garber 15-0, 1,114; 6. Cyril 16-1, 1060; 7, Okarche 16-4, 964; 8. Red Oak 16-2, 795; 9. Arapaho-Butler 16-4, 769; 10. Knut 16-4, 751; 11. Depew 16-1, 530; 12. Boundary 14-6, 529; 13 (tie). Allen 13-3, 424 and Ripley 15-5, 424; 15. Hydro-Eakly 13-6, 385.

1. Hammon (38) 17-3, 1,400; 2. Lomega (28) 18-1, 1.397; 3. Pittsburgh (9) 15-4, 1.3143; 4. Varnum (2) 19-2, 1.207; 5. Lookeba sickles 16-4, 1.052; 6.Whitesboro 15-4, 1037; 7 Buffalo Valley (1) 19-3, 1,035; 8. Arnett 18-2, 1.027; 9. Calvin 16-4, 841; 10. Turner 17-3, 564; 11. Leedey 13-6, 551; 12. Dover 16-5, 510; 13. Stuart 13-6, 491; 14. Sasakwa 13-3, 399; 15.South Coffeyville 17-0, 356.

Tulsa World’s 2022 All-World and All-State football team announcements begin on February 11. Barry looks back on the best state players he’s covered and seen over the last few decades.



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