Starting today, there is no room for mistakes.
At high noon from Duncan Gymnasium, the Class 5A West Regional Wrestling tournament will begin with wrestlers from 15 schools looking for one of four tickets in their respective weight divisions to the state tournament in Oklahoma City at the State Fair Grounds Arena.
This two-day tournament will see champions crowned on Saturday night as sessions will run from Noon- 4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. both today and Saturday.
“It’s intense,” Duncan coach Kevin Kelly said about the regional tournament atmosphere. “You wrestle summer camps and then we start in October preparing for this weekend. This is the weekend where kids either step up and rise to the occasion or go the other way. You hope all the kids minds are right and they are ready to go.”
Representing the Demons this weekend will be 14 different wrestlers all looking for berths in the state tournament.
Here are just a few of the Duncan wrestlers that will be in action this weekend.
MarkWae Sanders will be aiming to get back to Oklahoma City as he wrestles in the 113 pound division, with Dustin Chase competing in the 106 pound division.
Jett Gray will see action at 120 pounds, with Hunter Kelly looking for gold in the 132 pound division.
At 138 pounds, Austin Drake will look to make some noise for Duncan, with teammate Connor Kelly a strong contender in the 145 pound division, as he claimed the top seed.
Christian Carnahan will try to continue his successful career as he looks for a title in the 152 pound division with Connor Kinnaird entering regionals in the 160 pound division.
“My main concern right now is making weight,” Carnahan said. “I just need to make sure I stay focused and not overlook anyone. This is live or die, especially if you don’t place in the top four. It’s a big advantage being at home, because I’m comfortable in my own gym.”
Jonathan Gomez and Cody Merrill will be looking for gold in the 182 and 195 pound divisions respectively, with Cameron McGill gunning for a title in the 220 pound division.
Daniel Moore will be in the heavyweight division.
“For the past several years we’ve wrestled better at home than away,” Kelly said. “Some kids though it will add a little pressure on them. Hopefully though it motivates us. As a coach you always pick a number before regionals to qualify. If we get more than eight, I’ll be extremely happy. Every kid we have has the chance to win matches. It’s about who’s ready to compete and extend their season.”
Meanwhile in other action this weekend Comanche, Marlow and Waurika will be in Kingfisher for the Class 3A regional wrestling tournament.
“I’ve got multiple returning qualifiers from last season,” Comanche coach Jason Miller said. “These guys know when to step up and perform. We’re fairly confident that JonWayne (Townsend) can do really good. All season though we’ve been a hit and miss team so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
Corey Williams (113), Shayne Revels (120), Ricky Kelly (126), Jonathan Robinson (145), and Devin Renfro (182) will be just a few of the Indians in action looking for regional titles this weekend.
Seth Scarbrough (145), Cody Scroggins (138) and Logan Knox (113) will be in action for the Outlaws, with Josh Jacobson representing Waurika.
Starting today, there is no room for mistakes.
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.
Demon golfers focused on regionals
The Duncan boys golfers have two more tournaments left before regionals.
The Demons will head to Ardmore this Monday for a tournament that was postponed from March 3 because of the weather.
Tourney named in memory of T-ball player
The Comanche Youth Council will dedicate its preseason baseball and softball tournament to the memory of a T-ball player who unexpectedly passed away this past weekend.
Tyee Percival, 5, was in his first year of T-ball and played for the Rangers. The youth council has named its preseason tourney the Tyee Percival Memorial Tournament. The council will hang a commemorative banner over the T-ball field at the Comanche Field of Dreams.
Lady Donkeys push towards playoffs
Fighting its roster limitations, Bray-Doyle slowpitch softball has a rare opportunity in front of it.
Coach Frank Moser is optimistic about his chances in district versus Mayesville and No. 5 Roff. While Roff has been one of the best teams in Class 2A — it has a winning record despite almost all of its games coming against ranked competitors — Mayesville has been one of the worst. It picked up its first win against Alex on April 8 by just one run.
Outlaws have chance to host regionals
The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.
Tennis teams place second
The Duncan tennis teams did well for themselves in a tough field at the BancFirst Tournament.
The girls played Friday and took second as a team, with Marisa Moore taking second at No. 2 singles and Aubrey Mouser and Jordan Clauson the same placing at No. 2 doubles. Taking third were Alex Bowers at No. 1 singles and Sydney Hendricks and Carly Kirkland at No. 1 doubles.
Bronchos boast top-notch backstops
Central High coach Jeff Jones has had to tinker with his lineup to get the best Bronchos on the field for most of the year, but one position he hasn’t had to worry about is catcher.
That consistency came in the form of two very different players.
First, there’s the unheralded freshman Keeton Sallee. Flirting with a .400 batting average, Sallee is one of the Bronchos’ best offensive weapons. On defense, his quick release and strong arm cause headaches for opponents on the basepath. Just months into his high-school career, he’s performing admirably.
Girls soccer wins big at Eisenhower
The Duncan girls soccer team dominated its match at Lawton Eisenhower Friday, winning 8-0.
“We really moved the ball well,” said Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay. “We did a fantastic job. Everyone got a good amount of playing time.”
‘Dial’-ing up a vaulting tradition
Marlow’s pole vaulters have a good chance to continue the legacy of Joe Dial.
Dial held the world record in the men’s indoor pole vault at one point, clearing 19 feet, 3 3/4 inches in on Feb. 1, 1986. He was a four-time state champion at Marlow from 1978 to 1981, with his best state meet mark coming in 1980 when he cleared 17 feet, 1 inch. He now coaches track at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
Demons post good times at tough meet
A meet at the University of Oklahoma Friday proved tough for the Duncan track athletes, but the coaches saw plenty of good things.
Duncan’s boys tallied nine top-six placings at a meet that mostly featured Class 6A schools. Kevin Roddy won the shot put (57’1.5”) and discus (178’11”), Mason Bivens won the 3200 (9:53.71) and Walker Clampitt won the 800 (2:00.03).
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