The Duncan Banner


January 22, 2014

Seniors stay committed to Lady Demons

DUNCAN — Duncan senior Tania Elix remembers watching her brother play Demon hoops.

“He was really good,” Elix said. “He got me excited when I watched him. I was like, ‘I can’t wait to play here.’”

She and fellow senior Rainy Sanford have logged the most years playing for the Demon girls basketball team. Now the two want to pass on the love of the game to their younger teammates.

Elix recalled the days in which she played in the youth leagues at The Simmons Center, and that was when she knew she wanted to play for Duncan.

“When I played there, I couldn’t wait to play for my school,” she said. “I like playing for my school.”

Although the Demons have had three different coaches the past three years, Sanford said it was important to her to stick with the program.

“Some of the girls before me were there for four years and they kept me wanting to do it,” Sanford said. “Hopefully these girls will look at me and do the same.”

The two have enjoyed playing for first-year head coach Grant Givens. Although the players now have to learn a new system, Givens has shown that he wants his players to do well.

“You can see that he cares,” Elix said. “He really, genuinely cares. That’s why he stays so hard on us.

“That’s important. It’s not just a job to him. He really wants to build something.”

Givens appreciates what the two do for the program, along with the other seniors and juniors.

“This is a group that especially should be commended for coming out and playing,” Givens said. “They played all four years and stuck with it all four years, while some people who played in middle school are no longer playing.”

The Demon coach said it could have been easy for the seniors to quit, given the multiple coaching changes.

“It’s hard on a senior, to go through three different systems,” he said. “They should be recognized for sticking with it and being patient.”

Despite the Demons losing their first nine games, the team maintains a positive attitude.

“We all get along,” Sanford said. “We do things together as a team. We are really close.”

“We all have our own personalities,” Elix added, “but we have bonded.”

It hasn’t been an easy season for the Demons. But the two seniors enjoy playing with their younger teammates and see the program enjoying winning seasons in the future.

“Right now, we are just building it, and they will have to keep it going,” Sanford said.

Text Only
  • Big game atmosphere VYPE picks Duncan to make playoffs

    Despite facing a rigorous schedule, Duncan was picked by VYPE’s preseason football preview to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus.
    With new coach Craig Benson taking over this season, the magazine predicted Duncan will finish fourth in Class 5A District 1 ahead of Chickasha and behind Ardmore. The Demons are also ranked as the No. 16 team in the Class, with Lawton Mac being the highest ranked team in the district at No. 4.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Local support Dehydrator breaks participation record

    With 626 participants, the 24th annual Dehydrator shattered its attendance record Saturday, welcoming riders from around the world to Duncan.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ash She is Safe 5K draws more than 100

    More than 100 participants flooded the streets of Duncan last night for the annual She is Safe Run to the Dark 5k.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dehydrator to start Saturday morning

    With the highest ever pre-register attendance in event history, 428, the 24th annual Dehydrator Bike Ride kicks off Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Simmons Center.

    July 25, 2014

  • Playing partners Just another day on the course

    Following Thursday’s twosome of Duncan freshman Thomas Strong and sixth-grader Ridge Harris, a casual viewer might forget that they were competing in a golf tournament.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cox Duncan’s Cox shines with 3-over 74

    Tuesday night, Duncan High School golfer Graham Cox stayed up late watching “Batman Begins.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results