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.
Demon golfers compete at Lincoln Park
The Duncan boys golfers competed at a tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City Thursday.
Individual scores were Blake Graham with 76 and 79, Logan Harris with 76 and 75, Tyler Albin with 77 and 78, Christian Dructor with 78 and 86, and Carson Hogstad with 80 and 83.
Track teams head to Norman
The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.
Demon baseball beats Plainview in extra innings
The Duncan baseball team had to go extra innings and then hold off a late rally to win at Plainview 3-2 Thursday.
The game was tied 1-1 after seven innings. The Demons broke the tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, but Plainview battled back to make it 3-2 in its half of the inning.
More home tourney action awaits Demons
Another weekend of home matches await the Duncan tennis teams.
The BancFirst Tournament will be at the Duncan High School tennis courts, with the girls playing Friday and the boys Saturday. The tourneys come one week after Duncan hosted the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.
Bulldog pitching staff builds confidence
Heading towards the postseason, Empire is closing in on the possibility of winning record thanks in large part to its improvements on defense.
The Bulldogs (10-11) have cut down the errors from 10 or more a game to two or three a game. Coach Stefan Hunt said that’s led to the pitchers seeing some better results on the mound. Though, the pitchers have improved their game as well.
Demons in close district race
The Duncan baseball team is in a close race to finish in the top four in District 2-5A and earn a trip to regionals.
Duncan is 7-3 in district and in third place. First-place Carl Albert has lost just one district game. The Titans split with second-place Chickasha, which also split with Duncan.
Gayanich to play for Panhandle State
Velma-Alma senior Jaz Gayanich signed Wednesday to play basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
Gayanich said Panhandle coach Jerry Olsen was upfront about his program and ideas, compared to other coaches Gayanich visited. Gayanich already knows what role he’s expected to play.
Those who knew John Humphrey respected him
Duncan resident Rod Battles got to know John Humphrey pretty well.
Battles first played Duncan High School baseball for Humphrey in 1965. He later returned to DHS, when Humphrey hired him as an assistant, and later head baseball coach. After both men retired, they became fishing buddies. Humphrey joined Battles and others for annual trips to Lake Texhoma.
Comets stay calm under pressure
Lately, Velma-Alma baseball has made a habit of having some exciting finishes.
In its home tournament, the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament, last weekend, it won four of five games. All of those victories came by less than five runs and two of them were by only one run.
Course challenges Lady Demons
The Duncan girls golf team took sixth at the longest course it has played this year.
KickingBird Golf Course is 5,300 yards. Add the windy conditions at the tournament hosted by Edmond Santa Fe and it made for a challenging day.
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