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January 1, 2013

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


DUNCAN — 3. Carletti-Silva signs with Army

Brandon Carletti-Silva showed talent, determination, leadership and poise during his three years as Duncan’s starting quarterback. So much so, that even his opponents took notice.

A recruiter from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (N.Y.) was paying a visit to Lawton MacArthur, when the Highlanders coaches dropped Carletti-Silva’s name. The Duncan senior took care of the rest, impressing the scout and earning an offer to the prestigious school and football program.

In February he signed a letter of appointment before spending this past season with the Army prep squad.

4. Title Wave: DHS, CHS win state golf titles

May 3 was big day for girls golf in Stephens County.

While the Duncan Lady Demons were closing in on a Class 5A state title in Oklahoma City, the Comanche Lady Indians were wrapping up their second consecutive Class 3A title in Eufaula.

Silvia Volonte and Zana Crowson both earned top-10 individual finishes as they led Comanche to a whopping 17-stroke victory over the field.

Amanda Johnson finished eighth, while Allyson Wilcox tied for ninth as they helped Duncan break free from a Day 1 tie with Bishop McGuinness to capture the state title by five strokes.

5. Double Time: Comanche duo repeats as state champs

At the state wrestling tournament, announcers make a point to mention when a wrestler has won multiple titles. It is a rare and special occurrence.

The Comanche Indians managed to make it even more impressive, though, as Garrison McCauley and JonWayne Townsend both repeated as Class 3A state championships on Feb. 25 in Oklahoma City.

Townsend pulled off an acrobatic move to go up 4-3 with just 17 seconds left in his 132-pound championship match, while McCauley got up early and never let his opponent have a chance in his 170-pound title match.

McCauley went on to be named an All-American before signing with Oklahoma University.

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    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

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    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

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