6. Lady Demons reach state softball tournament
The Duncan Lady Demons came into the season with several goals, but the one at the top of the list was undoubtedly the biggest: Make it to the state tournament.
After an up-and-down season, they did just that, pulling out a best-of-three series against Guthrie, 2-1, to be one of just eight teams left standing in Class 5A.
In the first round, the Lady Demons drew the unfortunate matchup of powerhouse Grove, which ended Duncan’s season.
7. Dismuke’s career ends in injury at OU
Few players have ever had as much hype coming out of high school as offensive lineman Dylan Dismuke.
After redshirting during his first year, all signs pointed to big things coming from Dismuke this season at Oklahoma. He had climbed to second on the depth chart during the spring practice period and was in-line for some serious playing time on the Sooner’s offensive line, which was in need of depth.
A knee injury that wouldn’t heal, though, dashed those hopes as Dismuke’s promising football career vanished.
Dismuke’s scholarship remains and he intends on getting a degree from Oklahoma.
8. Hammond commits to OU basketball
Many sports fans in Stephens County don’t know Jacob Hammond. In a few years, though, they may be happy to claim him.
Hammond doesn’t play for an area high school, rather, the home school senior plays for the Oklahoma City Sky, a team that travels around the country playing top-tier competition.
After a strong year with the Oklahoma City Storm, the versatile 6-foot-10 forward had the attention of plenty of colleges and on Aug. 23, he gave a verbal commitment to the University of Oklahoma.
Hammond is now a senior and will soon get the chance to sign on the dotted line before joining the Sooners next year.