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.