The Duncan Banner


January 2, 2013

And a hype-e new year

Area teams come into 2013 ranked, looking to climb

DUNCAN — The new year will officially kickoff for area high school sports teams today as Duncan welcomes Ada.

With around 10 games in the books for most area teams, now come the games that really start to matter, the games that will affect teams’ seeding for postseason play.

After an up-and-down start, the Duncan boys’ basketball team comes into 2013 holding onto the last spot in’s Class 5A top-20 poll. The Demons (5-4) are ranked 17th in their class by’s computer generated system.

The Velma-Alma Comets look posed for another run to the state tournament as the come into the new year at 8-1 and ranked sixth by OKRankings, whose rankings are used to determine postseason seeding. Maxpreps has the Comets at No. 3 in Class A.

No girls’ basketball teams are currently in the top 20, not even Empire, which is 26th in Class 2A by OKRankings despite a 9-2 start.


According to, the Duncan Demons are the fifth best team in Class 5A (seventh best in duals) coming into 2013.

That ranking could certainly improve, though, as Duncan gets some of its top wrestlers back from injuries that have sidelined them since football season.

Senior Markwae Sanders is Duncan’s top-ranked individual as he sits in second at 113 pounds. In front of him is Collinsville’s Davion Jeffries, who beat Sanders in last year’s state title match.

Junior Jett Gray is third at 120 pounds, senior Christian Carnahan is fourth at 152 and senior Cameron McGill (195 pounds) and sophomore Colton Jump (132) are each ranked fifth in their respective weight classes.

The rankings for Class 3A have not been updated this season, though, Comanche senior JonWayne Townson finished last season ranked No. 1 at 132 pounds and is still the likely favorite after winning his second straight state title.

Text Only
  • Duran Duran has one obstacle left: State

    Midway through her sophomore year, Comanche’s Alexis Duran had her athletic life taken away from her, but this spring she got it back in spectacular fashion.
    An ACL tear in basketball kept the three-sport star out for a full year before she got to compete again in track as a junior. Duran didn’t just show up and run, she pushed for medals and came just shy of making the state tournament, finishing one spot away by a tenth of a second.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Duncan football finishes its Summer Pride

    The month-long Summer Pride program held its last day on Thursday as the football players got their last chance to work together in an organized fashion until the preseason kicks off on Aug. 11.

    August 1, 2014

  • Duncan Golf and Tennis Club holds golf championship

    Duncan Golf and Tennis Club General Manager Mike Hansen said he takes a lot of pride in hosting the club championship and hopes to give the members a tough test when they tee off on Saturday.

    August 1, 2014

  • Price Gayanich and Price featured at All State

    With Comanche’s Jacob Hammond not participating, Indian coach Nick Price and Velma-Alma’s Jaz Gayanich represent Stephens County at the 2014 All State Boys’ Basketball game at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center Thursday night.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Gray and Revels represent Stephens County at All State

    Both Comanche’s Shane Revels and Duncan’s Jett Gray lost their matches at the 2014 All State big-schools dual at Bixby High School Wednesday night,

    July 31, 2014

  • Coaches OU football coaches talk about season at local fundraiser

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived at Journey Church on Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Sideshows involving Rice and Dungy stain NFL's image

    Pro football training camps should be all about, well, football. But the talk around the NFL is about Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game suspension, Tony Dungy's indelicate remarks about Michael Sam and Jim Irsay's largesse. What kind of league is Roger Goodell running?

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • All Stater Gray represents Duncan at All State

    Jett Gray will represent all of Stephens County at the All State wrestling dual on Wednesday at Bixby High School.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tennis All State group All State wrapup

    There has been plenty of success for Stephens County High Schools this year and with that comes All State nominations.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Duncan tennis sets a new mark of success

    Sustained success for many years makes it difficult for Duncan high school tennis to earn achievements it already hasn’t accomplished.

    July 29, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN

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