If the Lady Demons tennis team had any rust coming out of the offseason, it certainly hasn’t showed.
The Lady Demons won their third straight tournament title to open the 2013 season, taking first place with 59 points at the Ada Tournament Saturday.
Competition in the boys bracket of the tournament was cancelled because of Saturday’s rainy weather.
“Our backhands can still be better and we can improve with our patience, but overall it was a strong showing,” Demons coach Phil Barnes said. “We still haven’t faced the strongest competition that we’ll face this year, so it’s important for us to keep getting better.”
In No.1 singles play, Brittany Toone was on the wrong end of a finals rematch against Ada’s Margo Martin, losing (6-2, 6-1, 7-6) to finish in second place. Just a week ago, Toone beat out Martin in the No.1 singles round of the Ardmore Tournament.
Alex Bowers continued her early season success at the No.2 singles slot, winning her first two matches before defeating Heritage Hall’s Ali Wright (6-0,6-0) in the finals to earn first. Bowers is yet to drop a set in 2013.
“She knows that her toughest competition is still yet to come, but she’s made the most of everything that has come her way so far,” Barnes said.
The No.1 singles duo of Samantha Cassidy and Sydney Henricks started strong by winning its first match, but followed it up with a (7-5, 6-2) loss to Ardmore’s Psau-Psau team– a second Lady Demons’ loss in a rematch from last week. The pair recovered by beating Deer Creek’s Dene-Pilker team and finished in third place.
It was smooth sailing for the Lady Demons in No. 2 doubles, as Carly Kirkland and Marissa Moore swept the competition without dropping a set. The team clinched the No.2 doubles title with a (6-3, 6-0) victory over Ardmore’s Denson-Seals team.
“We’re going to play even better next time,” Barnes said. “We can still play a little more consistent and aggressive, and we will work on that.”
Demons in close district race
The Duncan baseball team is in a close race to finish in the top four in District 2-5A and earn a trip to regionals.
Duncan is 7-3 in district and in third place. First-place Carl Albert has lost just one district game. The Titans split with second-place Chickasha, which also split with Duncan.
Gayanich to play for Panhandle State
Velma-Alma senior Jaz Gayanich signed Wednesday to play basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
Gayanich said Panhandle coach Jerry Olsen was upfront about his program and ideas, compared to other coaches Gayanich visited. Gayanich already knows what role he’s expected to play.
Those who knew John Humphrey respected him
Duncan resident Rod Battles got to know John Humphrey pretty well.
Battles first played Duncan High School baseball for Humphrey in 1965. He later returned to DHS, when Humphrey hired him as an assistant, and later head baseball coach. After both men retired, they became fishing buddies. Humphrey joined Battles and others for annual trips to Lake Texhoma.
Comets stay calm under pressure
Lately, Velma-Alma baseball has made a habit of having some exciting finishes.
In its home tournament, the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament, last weekend, it won four of five games. All of those victories came by less than five runs and two of them were by only one run.
Course challenges Lady Demons
The Duncan girls golf team took sixth at the longest course it has played this year.
KickingBird Golf Course is 5,300 yards. Add the windy conditions at the tournament hosted by Edmond Santa Fe and it made for a challenging day.
Demon boys see Guthrie tennis action
Some younger Duncan boys tennis players got experience at a tournament hosted by Guthrie Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
The Demons had to adjust their lineup, though, after Cameron McCasland, who was to play No. 1 doubles with Alan Hruby, got sick. Sam Moffit was moved from No. 1 singles to take McCasland’s place
Demons take two from Del City
The Duncan baseball team swept a doubleheader at Del City Tuesday.
The Demons won the first game 13-0. Dylan Zawicki got his fourth win of the season. Duncan got two-run singles from Mason Hightower, Hunter Phillips and Collin Klingensmith. Scott Cooper and Zawicki each had one RBI.
Bronchos survive Fletcher
Coach Jeff Jones realized he made a mistake after Tuesday’s 8-7 win at home versus Fletcher.
He saw that his freshman pitcher, Dylan Jones, was struggling but he still hoped that the Bronchos could finish off the win with him on the mound. Jones had only given up one run in six full innings. Why shouldn’t the coach stick with him?
Girls tennis tops at Guthrie
The Duncan girls tennis team won a tournament hosted by Guthrie in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
The tournament was moved from Monday because of weather. It didn’t affect the Demons, as they reached the finals in all four divisions and won three.
Soccer teams do well despite losses to Antlers
Although the Duncan soccer teams didn’t score a goal against Deer Creek Tuesday at home, the coaches liked how the teams played against a tough opponent.
The boys particularly made it tough on the Antlers in a 2-0 loss. Duncan kept Deer Creek off balance had plenty of opportunities to scores, but couldn’t finish shots.
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