It’s hard to believe, but 2013 is almost half over.
Before we know it, the smell of freshly cut grass and freshly laid chalk on the field will fill the air with the start of fast pitch softball and football.
However, through the months of January up until now, Stephens County athletes have provided more than their fair share of memorable moments in 2013.
Here’s a look at some of them in no particular order.
Marlow baseball makes history
If there was ever such a thing as an impressive first year, Marlow head coach Jeff Brewer and his squad had it.
Brewer’s first year at the helm of the Outlaws ended with MHS winning 32 games (school record), reaching the State semi-finals for the first time ever, and claiming yet another district and regional championship.
Marlow’s squad was one full of talent from top to bottom. With the likes of Tyler Brite, Wakely Bergner, Trey Coffman, Beau Meshell, Logan Knox, Seth Scarbrough, and Kelby Richardson and Anthony Green, it’s no secret why the Outlaws finished No. 3 in the state.
Bronchos declaw Wildcats
With their backs against the wall, those Central High Bronchos responded in the best way possible.
Down 1-0 to Fletcher in the district championship series after game one, CHHS fought back to win a dramatic doubleheader, and claim its first district title since 1996.
With clutch hits from Jarrett Sparks, Ashton Wright combined with pitching from Joseph Flood and Roger Robertson, fans were treated to a pair of classic games on a cold night at Bronchos Field.
Even though Central High fell in the regional round, it still didn’t discount the effort given by the boys in blue on their home field.
Lady Demons strike gold in OKC
Entering the final round at the girls state tennis tournament, the Duncan Lady Demons were already assured of at least a share of the state title with Cascia Hall.
But, that simply wasn’t good enough for DHS.
With victories by the doubles teams of Carly Kirkland and Marissa Moore, along with Sydney Henricks and Samantha Cassidy, the Lady Demons had their first team title since 1994, and the first for head coach Phil Barnes.
Perhaps the even more ironic thing was that both victories by the doubles teams came less than five minutes apart, resulting in a court storming by the Lady Demon players, coaches and fans in Oklahoma City.
Comets stop Glencoe in Stroud
Inside the Route 66 Coliseum in Stroud during a cool February evening, the Velma-Alma Comets and Glencoe Panthers put on a basketball clinic.
What resulted was a 68-66 victory for V-A, which ended up being the Panthers lone defeat in the season en route to a state title in Class A.
Both sides displayed tremendous effort and heart, along with fluid passing and clutch shooting, all of which delighted and thrilled the standing room only crowd watching.
Despite the Comets run ending in the state quarterfinals, there was no doubt who the better team was in the area championship game that evening.
Lady Comets survive vs. Stonewall
Earlier in the day, before the Comets took the floor, it was the Lady Comets who displayed some magic of their own.
With 53 seconds remaining in regulation, Teddi Southerland hit what is simply now known as “The shot” from a near impossible angle close to the baseline, giving her team the advantage.
V-A would hang on to upset No. 12 Stonewall, putting them one game away from the state tournament.
Following the game, there wasn’t a dry eye in the Velma stands, as fans and players alike cheered the efforts of the Lady Comets.
While in the locker room, a unified team shed tears of joy along with their head coach in honor of a fallen teammate.