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High School Sports

December 5, 2008

Area athletes well-represented on A-4 team

Seniors honored in postseason awards

Ringling rolled to an undefeated record in District A-4 and, by virtue of its record, took in the lion’s share of accolades on the All-District team. But there were plenty of leftovers for area athletes.

Velma-Alma, Waurika, Empire and Bray-Doyle all had seniors who were honored for their exploits on the football field this season. The Comets, which were the only playoff team in the area, had Sam Mathews named to the team as the cornerback of the year.

“This was his first year to start,” Velma-Alma head coach Greg Gothard said. “He’s one of those kids that really wasn’t ready to play until this year and he made the most of his senior year. He played with every ounce of his ability.”

Mathews was one of two seniors on the Comet team this season. Jacob Rankin was given honorable mention after completing a career as a three-year starter.

Waurika finished the season with a 5-5 record and had two defenders who gained special mention. Matt Wilkerson joined David Bundage of Wilson and Jimmy Benton of Healdton as linebackers of the year. Steven Chupp was named defensive lineman of the year along with Trevor Ford of Empire.

Also named first team All-District for the Eagles were quarterback Sean Hall, running back Jimmy Torrez and defensive back Nathan Howard. Zac Fletcher and Zac Latta were both named honorable mention.

“I was pretty happy with the representation that we had,” Waurika head coach Larry VanBeber said. “I was happy that our seniors could be represented that well.”

Empire, which went 3-7, had Darren Kaus named co-offensive lineman of the year along with Nathan McGregor of Maysville. Also named to the first team for Empire were running back Chance Bridges and lineman Casey Yearby. Chad Baxter and Patrick Ford were both named honorable mention.

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