11-man football at Bray-Doyle is finished.
The collective breath of sighs signal the school will be returning to eight-man competition next year, but the groans say there is still a season left to be played. The problem is not enough players. The solution... still pending.
The OSSAA gave coach Lee Bluejacket the option to find eight-man teams to play against. The Donkeys found one, but the game isn’t going to be a walk in the park.
The defending state champion in Class C, Tipton (6-0, 5-0), was in a bind. It had an open schedule the next two weeks and jumped at the chance to fill it with an exhibition game.
“It means nothing to both teams,” Tipton coach Jim Kerbo said. “But we wanted to play, and they wanted to play.”
It was really that simple for both teams. Fortunately for Bluejacket, Tipton was there to fill that spot.
“It’s tough trying to find opponents, because this time of year, everybody is basically set with their schedules,” Bluejacket said.
Bluejacket is optomistic about the game as it gets him and the roster a head start on learning eight-man football. They are two different styles of gameplay and what better way to learn it than facing the state champs?
“We’re not afraid to take on the number one team in the state, because it lets our kids see how to play if you want to achieve that type of success,” Bluejacket said. “It will be a very tough game for us.”
For senior Rodney Hall, that doesn’t matter. The chance to play anybody at this point is special.
“I’m just happy to get to play another game, because I won’t get to play any more after these next couple of games,” Hall said. “I’m pretty much the leader, because I’m the senior captain. All the kids, they look up to me... I don’t want them to think I’m a bad person because I’m the leader, and the leader quit.”
11-man football at Bray-Doyle is finished.
Demon baseball to face best in Class 5A
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Demon coach Tim Hightower described the event as a “pre-state tournament” because many of the teams attending are state tournament contenders.
Soccer teams finish season at home
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It’s the last home games for the Demons and it’s Senior Night. The girls will look to finish near .500 for the season, while the boys want a good showing against a tough opponent.
Chamber Golf Classic proves to be popular event
When word got out that entries would be accepted for the Duncan Chamber Golf Classic, set for Friday at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, it didn’t take long for people to respond.
As club general manager Mike Hansen put it: “They sent out an e-mail and filled it up in a day.”
Thunder look to bounce back
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Players such as Ruben Patterson, Raja Bell, Shane Battier, Ron Artest and Bruce Bowen all had the tag attached to their name, despite Bryant putting up big numbers against them.
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Demons hoping for top-four finish
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The Demons are 7-5 in district (16-9 overall) after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Carl Albert Monday, 8-1 and 4-1. The Titans (13-1, 26-4) won the district title.
Girls soccer gets it done at Altus
The Duncan girls soccer team battled in a tough environment at Altus to win 1-0 Tuesday.
Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay said it was frustrating at times for the girls because of some questionable calls the officials made. But she was happy the girls pulled together to win.
Meshell shines as Outlaws beat Warriors
The Marlow baseball team got help from Beau Meshell on the mound and at the plate in a 7-4 home victory against Anadarko Tuesday.
Meshell held Anadarko to one earned run off three hits and did not walk a batter. He reached base three times, had one run batted in and scored one run.
Girls golfers take fourth at Deer Creek
The Duncan girls golfers took fourth at a tournament hosted by Deer Creek High School at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond Tuesday.
Lady Demon coach Steve Etheridge said that the girls played as well as they have all year. Although the golfers struggled putting on some fast greens, Etheridge was happy with their overall performance.
Empire softball tries to spark offense
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