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January 1, 2013

Top 10 sports stories of 2012

Velma-Alma hoops run was the top storyline of the year

DUNCAN — Whether showing off their school spirit for the Duncan Demons or wearing Oklahoma Sooner apparel from head to toe, folks in Stephens County don’t mind showing just how much they care about their favorite sports teams.

In 2012, area teams and individuals showed once again just why their fans are so passionate as they pieced together captivating story lines.

Here are the top 10 Stephens County sports stories of 2012 as chosen by The Duncan Banner sports staff.

1. Undefeated regular season for Comets

Perfection, we are taught, is unattainable ... except in the world of sports.

A pitcher who retires 27 consecutive batters is perfect, as is a team that wins all of its games.

Through three months and 27 games the Velma-Alma boys’ basketball team was perfect, winning the Black Diamond, Stephens County, District, Region and Area tournaments before falling in a 52-50 heartbreaker in the first round of the Class A State Tournament on March 1.

At the center of that success was senior forward Corbin Byford, who rewrote the record books at Velma-Alma during his four years there. He finished with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career before heading to Oral Roberts on a basketball scholarship.

2. Bryce Davis becomes a Cincinnati Bengal

By the time Bryce Davis wrapped up his college football career at the University of Central Oklahoma, the Duncan High School grad had proven he was a good tight end and long snapper. As far as a pro prospect, though, few had the Division II football player on their radar.

That didn’t stop the Cincinnati Bengals from signing Davis as an undrafted free agent just after the draft.

Davis defied the odds as he made it through rounds of cuts at Rookie Minicamp, Organized Team Activities, Training Camp and then four preseason games. On the last day of cuts, when teams were forced to submit their final 53-man rosters, Davis was finally cut.

He was almost immediately signed to the Bengals’ practice squad but then got cut from that to make room for another player. On Nov. 27, Davis was again signed to the practice squad.

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  • 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

  • Breaking through For Coffman, All State runs in the family

    Following in his parents’ footsteps, George “Trey” Coffman III takes part in the Oklahoma All State Baseball Game at 7 p.m. in J.L. Johnson Stadium on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • VA’s Allison coaching small-schools

    In his first year at Velma-Alma, Colt Allison led the Comets to a regional final appearance in baseball, took over as the football head coach and was named the small-schools coach for the baseball All State game on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Big game atmosphere VYPE picks Duncan to make playoffs

    Despite facing a rigorous schedule, Duncan was picked by VYPE’s preseason football preview to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus.
    With new coach Craig Benson taking over this season, the magazine predicted Duncan will finish fourth in Class 5A District 1 ahead of Chickasha and behind Ardmore. The Demons are also ranked as the No. 16 team in the Class, with Lawton Mac being the highest ranked team in the district at No. 4.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

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