CENTRAL HIGH —
Character is like good soup, it’s best homemade.
For Central High senior lineman Jarrett Sparks, his character comes from the support of his family and the world of sports in general.
Now through blood, sweat and tears, along with hard work and determination this senior is going to fulfill a dream he thought would never happen: Playing in the high school football playoffs.
“Two years ago when we went to the playoffs, I wasn’t able to play because of an ankle injury,” Sparks said. “My family was waiting for me after the game last week and they are as happy as I am. I’m going to get to play in the playoffs for the first time and they’re going to get to watch me.”
While most players look at injuries as a hindrance, all they do in the world of Jarrett Sparks is provide motivation.
“I don’t really have to dig for my drive,” Sparks said. “You can worry about injuries after the game. Injuries are what drives me during the game, because I’m playing for my team not for myself. No pain, no gain.”
To fully understand Jarrett Sparks, you only need to look at who his siblings are.
His twin sister Christa is the starting pitcher on the Lady Bronchos softball team, and is a a player on the Lady Bronchos basketball team. Jarrett’s younger sister Kylee, is also a member of the Lady Bronchos junior high softball team.
Plus, Jarrett’s dad was a standout pitcher for the Marlow Outlaws back in high school. In addition, Jarrett is a pitcher for the Broncho baseball team.
“We eat, sleep and think about sports,” Sparks said. “Most families take vacations during the summer, we’re somewhere playing baseball or softball. I’m either playing or watching my sisters. That’s all we do during the year is play sports and support one another in doing so.”
While they might play two different sports, Jarrett said Christa and he share a special bond during their respective seasons, and she has even shared advice with him about the playoffs.
“Christa is the nice girl and doesn’t like to criticize anyone,” he said. “Me on the other hand I’ll tell her what she’s done wrong before I tell her good job. She’s told me that it’s a lot different when you go to the playoffs. There’s extra pressure and drive to do better. Once you get there if you lose then it’s over.”
Speaking of playoffs, Central High’s reward for earning the final playoff berth is a trip to top-ranked and undefeated Laverne Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
“Laverne does a lot of little things right all around,” Central High coach Darren Lamar said. “Their execution plus the depth they have really turns into an avalanche. If you don’t play well against them they will make you pay for it.”
A key element for the Bronchos success will be the play of the offensive and defensive line, as well as the overall play of Jarrett Sparks.
“He’s going to have to be the guy keeping everyone motivated,” Lamar said. “All season long he’s been the heart and soul of this team. I can only do so much with timeouts, so he’s going to have to help lead in both huddles.”
Jarrett added he has respect for Laverne, and he’ll be ready to play Friday night.
“They’re a good, solid football team,” he said. “When you do little things wrong they capitalize on them. That’s why they’re 10-0 and haven’t been beaten yet. We need to have good technique all around and be ready to play.”
Broncho’s senior lineman credits success to family
CENTRAL HIGH —
Character is like good soup, it’s best homemade.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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