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.
Track teams head to Norman
The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.
Demon baseball beats Plainview in extra innings
The Duncan baseball team had to go extra innings and then hold off a late rally to win at Plainview 3-2 Thursday.
The game was tied 1-1 after seven innings. The Demons broke the tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, but Plainview battled back to make it 3-2 in its half of the inning.
More home tourney action awaits Demons
Another weekend of home matches await the Duncan tennis teams.
The BancFirst Tournament will be at the Duncan High School tennis courts, with the girls playing Friday and the boys Saturday. The tourneys come one week after Duncan hosted the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.
Bulldog pitching staff builds confidence
Heading towards the postseason, Empire is closing in on the possibility of winning record thanks in large part to its improvements on defense.
The Bulldogs (10-11) have cut down the errors from 10 or more a game to two or three a game. Coach Stefan Hunt said that’s led to the pitchers seeing some better results on the mound. Though, the pitchers have improved their game as well.
Demons in close district race
The Duncan baseball team is in a close race to finish in the top four in District 2-5A and earn a trip to regionals.
Duncan is 7-3 in district and in third place. First-place Carl Albert has lost just one district game. The Titans split with second-place Chickasha, which also split with Duncan.
Gayanich to play for Panhandle State
Velma-Alma senior Jaz Gayanich signed Wednesday to play basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
Gayanich said Panhandle coach Jerry Olsen was upfront about his program and ideas, compared to other coaches Gayanich visited. Gayanich already knows what role he’s expected to play.
Those who knew John Humphrey respected him
Duncan resident Rod Battles got to know John Humphrey pretty well.
Battles first played Duncan High School baseball for Humphrey in 1965. He later returned to DHS, when Humphrey hired him as an assistant, and later head baseball coach. After both men retired, they became fishing buddies. Humphrey joined Battles and others for annual trips to Lake Texhoma.
Comets stay calm under pressure
Lately, Velma-Alma baseball has made a habit of having some exciting finishes.
In its home tournament, the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament, last weekend, it won four of five games. All of those victories came by less than five runs and two of them were by only one run.
Course challenges Lady Demons
The Duncan girls golf team took sixth at the longest course it has played this year.
KickingBird Golf Course is 5,300 yards. Add the windy conditions at the tournament hosted by Edmond Santa Fe and it made for a challenging day.
Demon boys see Guthrie tennis action
Some younger Duncan boys tennis players got experience at a tournament hosted by Guthrie Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
The Demons had to adjust their lineup, though, after Cameron McCasland, who was to play No. 1 doubles with Alan Hruby, got sick. Sam Moffit was moved from No. 1 singles to take McCasland’s place
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