The Duncan Banner


January 1, 2013

The games that kept you on the edge of your seat in 2012

DUNCAN — No matter the place, time or setting Stephens County saw more than its fair share of compelling competition in 2012.

From the Lady Demons’ thrilling regional series against Guthrie to Duncan’s boys basketball team showing its grit in overtime, excitement was at an all-time high.

Here are the top 10 games from 2012 as chosen by the Duncan Banner Sports Staff.

1. Duncan survives  region softball finals

If Game 7 is the most exciting game in the World Series, Game 3 is the equivalent in high school softball.

After winning Game 1, 3-2 on a walk-off home run by Berkley Faulkner, Guthrie struck back tied the series at 1-1 thanks to a 5-4 victory.

Two home runs in Game 3 by the sophomore catcher, combined with a solid pitcher effort from junior Autumn Parker sent the Lady Demons back to Oklahoma City, via a 7-4 win.

2. V-A overcomes fumbles in playoffs

Against a talented Watonga squad in the first round of the football playoffs, Velma-Alma showed what its made of in crunch time.

With 27 seconds left in regulation, senior running back Dallen Mercer punched in his third touchdown of the night, to give his team a 52-48 lead, sending the Comets into the second round.

3. Demons fall in OT in Area tourney

With eight seconds left in regulation, Ryan Cox drained a 3-pointer to tie DHS’ contest against Deer Creek at 78-78. In overtime, however, things went bad as foul trouble caught up to Duncan as Deer Creek took advantage and advanced 92-86.

4. Comets bid for perfection derailed

Perfection was the goal of the Velma-Alma Comets entering the State Basketball tournament in Oklahoma City. Merritt had other ideas as a 3-point basket with nine seconds left dashed V-A’s dreams of a state title and resulted in a 52-50 season-ending loss.

5. MHS baseball runs gauntlet

After dropping the opening game of the regional tournament, the Marlow baseball team pulled off the impossible, en route to a state tournament berth.

Four straight victories over Lindsay, Washington and Sulphur (twice) gave the Outlaws a regional title on their home field.

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  • Morrow Marlow trio looking to take next step at state

    The Marlow boys’ golf team finished fifth in the state tournament last year, but with the team actively trying to improve this summer, the Outlaws have their sights set much higher.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Watson leaves Bray-Doyle before first season starts

    Jeremy Watson has resigned as Bray-Doyle High School boys basketball coach, Athletic Director Frank Moser said Wednesday.

    July 24, 2014

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  • Stars align Big names featured at wrestling camp

    Kids were lining up for autographs from Oklahoma assistant wrestling coach Michael Lightner, after Marlow’s wrestling camp Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Williams Demon softball starts preseason

    Last year, Duncan softball came close.
    This year, coach Robert Cowan has made it clear close will not be good enough.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Duncan well represented at Hoedebeck tournament

    The Duncan Golf and Tennis Club will host 60 players, 10 of which are in the Duncan Public School system, in its Hoedebeck Memorial Junior Tournament Wednesday through Thursday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Playoff hopes on Oklahoma’s mind at Big 12 media day

    High expectations are always chained to Oklahoma both internally and among its massive fan base.
    However, the Sooners enter the 2014 season as a consensus pick to reach the first College Football Playoff. For once, all expectations mesh.

    July 23, 2014

  • Former OSU line coach having impact at UT

    It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it – former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong's Texas Longhorns.

    July 23, 2014

  • In the middle of it Demons return from camp energized

    Duncan volleyball returned to practice with a spring in its step Monday, despite not being on their own gym floor.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

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