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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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  • 4-24 duncan baseball photo.jpg Demon baseball to face best in Class 5A

    The Duncan baseball team will see the best Class 5A has to offer at the McAlester Shootout Thursday through Saturday.
    Demon coach Tim Hightower described the event as a “pre-state tournament” because many of the teams attending are state tournament contenders.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-24 duncan girls soccer photo.jpg Soccer teams finish season at home

    The Duncan soccer teams won’t go to the postseason, but they have plenty to play for Friday night against Western Heights.
    It’s the last home games for the Demons and it’s Senior Night. The girls will look to finish near .500 for the season, while the boys want a good showing against a tough opponent.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Chamber Golf Classic proves to be popular event

    When word got out that entries would be accepted for the Duncan Chamber Golf Classic, set for Friday at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, it didn’t take long for people to respond.
    As club general manager Mike Hansen put it: “They sent out an e-mail and filled it up in a day.”

    April 24, 2014

  • Thunder look to bounce back

    During the hey day of L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a new term was added to the lexicon. Anyone who seemingly was able to slow down the prolific scorer was automatically dubbed the Kobe Stopper.
    Players such as Ruben Patterson, Raja Bell, Shane Battier, Ron Artest and Bruce Bowen all had the tag attached to their name, despite Bryant putting up big numbers against them.

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-23 duncan baseball photo.jpg Demons hoping for top-four finish

    The Duncan baseball team will need to take care of business next week in its final District 2-5A games.
    The Demons are 7-5 in district (16-9 overall) after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Carl Albert Monday, 8-1 and 4-1. The Titans (13-1, 26-4) won the district title.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Girls soccer gets it done at Altus

    The Duncan girls soccer team battled in a tough environment at Altus to win 1-0 Tuesday.
    Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay said it was frustrating at times for the girls because of some questionable calls the officials made. But she was happy the girls pulled together to win.

    April 23, 2014

  • Meshell shines as Outlaws beat Warriors

    The Marlow baseball team got help from Beau Meshell on the mound and at the plate in a 7-4 home victory against Anadarko Tuesday.
    Meshell held Anadarko to one earned run off three hits and did not walk a batter. He reached base three times, had one run batted in and scored one run.

    April 23, 2014

  • Girls golfers take fourth at Deer Creek

    The Duncan girls golfers took fourth at a tournament hosted by Deer Creek High School at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond Tuesday.
    Lady Demon coach Steve Etheridge said that the girls played as well as they have all year. Although the golfers struggled putting on some fast greens, Etheridge was happy with their overall performance.

    April 23, 2014

  • Empire softball tries to spark offense

    The Lady Bulldogs are trying to find a way to spice up their offense in preparation for the Class 3A slowpitch softball playoffs.
    Empire has played a tough schedule, with four of the first seven games coming against ranked opponents. However, coach Tony Roberts thinks the team just needs to have some more timely hitting to get on the winning track.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-22 marlow baseball photo.jpg 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.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

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