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.
Demon baseball to face best in Class 5A
The Duncan baseball team will see the best Class 5A has to offer at the McAlester Shootout Thursday through Saturday.
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
The Duncan soccer teams won’t go to the postseason, but they have plenty to play for Friday night against Western Heights.
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
During the hey day of L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a new term was added to the lexicon. Anyone who seemingly was able to slow down the prolific scorer was automatically dubbed the Kobe Stopper.
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.
Demons hoping for top-four finish
The Duncan baseball team will need to take care of business next week in its final District 2-5A games.
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
The Lady Bulldogs are trying to find a way to spice up their offense in preparation for the Class 3A slowpitch softball playoffs.
Empire has played a tough schedule, with four of the first seven games coming against ranked opponents. However, coach Tony Roberts thinks the team just needs to have some more timely hitting to get on the winning track.
Outlaws shut out Indians
Marlow baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-0 win at home against Comanche Monday.
“We needed to get this win and we got it,” said Marlow coach Jeff Brewer.
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