It’s the last stop before regionals.
The Duncan swim team heads to Altus Thursday for the conference meet. The host school and the three Lawton schools (Lawton High, MacArthur and Eisenhower) will be the competition.
Altus will have a strong team, but Demon coach Andrew Bowers doesn’t want his swimmers taking anybody lightly, even after the Demons topped the Lawton schools during a Jan. 21 meet.
“We’ve got to concentrate on what we are doing and focus on our team, and let the times and scores speak for themselves,” Bowers said.
Duncan junior Leah Kafter said she and her teammates are focused on improving times, particularly in the relays.
“I’m hoping that everyone does their best and doesn’t get discouraged if they get a silver (medal),” she said.
At the same time, Bowers said it would be nice to see the Demons claim the conference championship.
“We pretty much know where we stand at this time of year,” he said. “We fully expect to go compete.”
Despite not being able to practice at The Simmons Center swimming pool for much of the season, the Demons have performed well and stayed focused, the coach said.
“These guys have gone through some things that no swim program should ever have to go through,” Bowers said. “But their attitudes have been awesome and their work ethic is good. They have come a long way, even without a pool.”
Senior Damon Demar said that practicing in the pool at Quality Inn-Duncan helped the team bond.
“Being in a smaller hotel pool, and being a smaller team, it made the whole team close and more friendly with each other,” he said.
“We were not divided by lanes,” she said. “We have been closer friends than we were in past years.”
The conference meet will help the Demons prepare for the postseason meets, but it won’t determine anyone’s fate. Everyone will compete in the regional meet Feb. 7-8, the meet that will determine who advances to state. To reach the state meet, a swimmer or relay must finish in the top eight at regionals.
Demar said that the conference meet will help because the Demons’ conference opponents will also be at regionals.
“This will be a good time to see how we measure up,” he said.
On the girls’ side, Kafer said the goal is to improve times.
“It will give us a good idea of where we stand and what we need to do to improve in our relays and as individuals,” she said.
Of course, that doesn’t mean there won’t be bragging rights in Thursday’s meet.
“It will be a playoff atmosphere,” Bowers said. “Altus, Lawton and Duncan are always big rivals in almost every sport we play. There will be some excitement. Hopefully we will come out on top.”
It’s the last stop before regionals.
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No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
The Duncan girls didn’t play under ideal conditions at the Guthrie tournament Thursday, but claimed second as a team.
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