The Duncan Banner

Sports

January 7, 2014

Swim gets helping hand

Duncan using Quality Inn pool for practice

DUNCAN — It hasn’t been easy for the Duncan swimmers to get a lot of practice time in the pool or meets held.

The good news is that a local business has stepped forward to allow the Demons a place to practice.

The swimmers are practicing at the indoor pool at the Quality Inn-Duncan. Duncan Athletic Director Burl White said that Duncan swim coach Andrew Bowers spoke to motel staff and got permission to use the pool during the Demons’ usual afternoon practice time.

Although it is a smaller pool than what the Demons are used to, Bowers said he is glad the motel staff stepped forward to help.

“The people at the Quality Inn have been beyond nice to work with, allowing us to use the pool,” Bowers said.

White was also appreciative of the Quality Inn stepping forward. He said that while it’s not a perfect situation, “it is the best we have right now.”

The Demons usually hold practice and meets at the Simmons Center swimming pool, but maintenance issues that are being addressed have kept the Demons from using that facility.

Combine that with weather conditions affecting travel, and the Demons didn’t get to have as many meets as expected to open the season. So far, they had just one meet, a Nov. 14 home meet against Del City and Carl Albert.

The schedule will again be altered, with all Demon home meets now on the road. They will head to Chickasha Thursday to face the host Chicks and Heritage Hall. Given how long it has been since their last meet, Bowers said the Demons are almost like “starting the season over.”

Still, the swim coach said the swimmers are keeping positive attitudes about the situation.

“I’m really surprised with how pleasant they have been,” Bowers said. “It shows what good senior leadership we have.”

Senior Damon Demar admitted that it was tough not having as much practice time in the pool or as many meets as in previous seasons.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Demar said. “We try to practice, but all this time, we’ve only had one meet out of six scheduled. This is the first year I’ve ever had a canceled meet, and we’ve already had five.”

But Demar appreciates the Quality Inn staff’s willingness to allow the Demons to use the pool.

“I’m really thankful, because it’s my senior year,” he said. “We haven’t been able to swim much.”

It may take a little time for the swimmers to get back into meet shape, but Demar believes they will be ready for the meets ahead. Most of all, he is glad to have the chance to get into the pool.

“I’m just happy to swim regularly,” Demar said. “I definitely want to compete, but it’s just nice to get back into the pool again.”

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Demons take two from Del City

    The Duncan baseball team swept a doubleheader at Del City Tuesday.
    The Demons won the first game 13-0. Dylan Zawicki got his fourth win of the season. Duncan got two-run singles from Mason Hightower, Hunter Phillips and Collin Klingensmith. Scott Cooper and Zawicki each had one RBI.

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 Central High 2.jpg Bronchos survive Fletcher

    Coach Jeff Jones realized he made a mistake after Tuesday’s 8-7 win at home versus Fletcher.
    He saw that his freshman pitcher, Dylan Jones, was struggling but he still hoped that the Bronchos could finish off the win with him on the mound. Jones had only given up one run in six full innings. Why shouldn’t the coach stick with him?

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Girls tennis tops at Guthrie

    The Duncan girls tennis team won a tournament hosted by Guthrie in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
    The tournament was moved from Monday because of weather. It didn’t affect the Demons, as they reached the finals in all four divisions and won three.

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 duncan soccer photo.jpg Soccer teams do well despite losses to Antlers

    Although the Duncan soccer teams didn’t score a goal against Deer Creek Tuesday at home, the coaches liked how the teams played against a tough opponent.
    The boys particularly made it tough on the Antlers in a 2-0 loss. Duncan kept Deer Creek off balance had plenty of opportunities to scores, but couldn’t finish shots.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Golfers sixth at Fort Sill

    Windy conditions made it difficult on the Duncan boys golf team at the Class 5A state preview tournament at Fort Sill Monday.
    “It was a rough day on everybody,” said Demon coach Lindy Welborn. “I’m betting (the golfers) were concerned more with how they were going to get warm than what the’d get out of their next shot.”

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 Obit Glenna Gray.jpg Glenna L. Gray

    Glenna L. Gray, 67 of Oklahoma City a former long time Duncan resident passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home in Oklahoma City.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 connor kelly signing photo.jpg Kelly headed to Southeastern

    Duncan senior Connor Kelly signed Monday to play football for Southeastern Oklahoma University.
    Kelly, who played quarterback and defensive back for the Demons, considered several options before joining his father Kevin’s alma mater. Connor Kelly is also a standout wrestler and hurdler for the Demons.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Demon home game becomes road doubleheader

    The Duncan baseball team will head to Del City for a doubleheader Tuesday after its scheduled home Monday game was postponed.
    Demon coach Tim Hightower said Del City had some transportation issues that kept the Eagles from making it to Duncan. Snow in Del City delayed school buses and one would not have been available to bring the players to Duncan until between 4:30 and 5 p.m. That would mean delaying the start time of Monday’s game until later in the evening, when it would have been cold.

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15 Cooper Phillips Phillips’ pitching gives CHS hope in loss

    In a 4-0 loss Saturday, No. 11 Central High stood toe to toe with No. 4 Sterling in the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament final.
    Sophomore Cooper Phillips pitched a complete game for the Bronchos (16-7), allowing just one earned run, five hits and no walks. Coach Jeff Jones said with the team’s usual production, the Bronchos could have won the game.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 duncan golf kayla witt.jpg Weather makes things tough at state preview

    Cold, windy conditions greeted players at the Class 5A state girls golf preview tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Monday.
    Duncan girls golf coach Steve Etheridge described the conditions as miserable. The golfers who came to experience the course that will be the site of the Class 5A state tournament didn’t have good scores because of the weather.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
Poll

Who do you favor for the U.S. Senate seat that Tom Coburn is giving up?

State Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond
State Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City
Former State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso
     View Results