The Duncan Banner

Sports

June 20, 2013

Stanley excited to continue playing career at RCC

DUNCAN — Next spring, Dillon Stanley will get the chance to live the childhood dream of almost every young baseball players: playing ball at the next level. Following an impressive career as a pitcher and second baseman for Duncan, Stanley will continue life on the diamond at Redlands Community College with fellow Duncan alumnus Christian Thaxton.

“It was so fun being able to play here in Duncan and I’m fortunate that I’m able to keep playing in college,” Stanley said. “It was a great group of guys to be with.

We got to travel to different places all the time and seeing the crowds there, they were never as big as the ones in Duncan. The majority of the time we have a ton of people watch our games, and that’s an awesome thing.”

For Stanley, the decision came down to college’s infrastructure and its proximity to home.

“There are a lot of nice, new indoor facilities and I enjoyed touring the campus,” Stanley said. “My grandparents aren’t far away and the school is a lot closer to home than some of my other options.”

At the later part of Stanley’s high school career, his focus shifted to life after graduation. Opportunity arose when Thaxton, now a sophomore at RCC got Stanley in touch with the college’s coach. The coach saw all he needed to when he visited to watch Stanley play in March.

It’s the bonds with the players who came him before him like Christian, Kale Thaxton and Tyler Wilkins, that Stanley will remember most when looking back on his playing time at Duncan.

“They’ve always been great and were guys that can help you out along the way,” Stanley said. “Tyler kind of took me under his wing and made me more comfortable playing. In baseball, it’s important to know that you’re out they’re playing for a reason and that’s how I felt.”

Those bonds have continued on past playing for the Demons, as the four have come together to host a local youth baseball camp at Abe Raizen Field from June 24-7.

As far as Stanley’s memories on the field, it’s no contest: Duncan’s come from behind, walk off win against Del City on Senior Night this spring still stands out the most.

“That’s one of my greatets memories because we had just played nine or 10 innings two nights before, we had been losing down and it was a total team effort,” Stanley said. “Seeing DJ Schornick hit that walk off single was something I’ll always remember.”

Since the days of tee ball, it’s been all baseball, all the time for Stanley. His toughest competition may have come after the high school baseball season ends, as his summer team in Burkburnett, Texas includes the top players from Dallas, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

“I’ve learned so much playing summer ball working with the junior college coaches,” Stanley said. “You’re playing against a lot of guys have signed on to play in college. Last weekend we played against a couple guys that will be going to OU.”

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 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.

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 Central High 2.jpg 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?

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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.

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 duncan soccer photo.jpg 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.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Golfers sixth at Fort Sill

    Windy conditions made it difficult on the Duncan boys golf team at the Class 5A state preview tournament at Fort Sill Monday.
    “It was a rough day on everybody,” said Demon coach Lindy Welborn. “I’m betting (the golfers) were concerned more with how they were going to get warm than what the’d get out of their next shot.”

    April 16, 2014

  • 4-16 Obit Glenna Gray.jpg Glenna L. Gray

    Glenna L. Gray, 67 of Oklahoma City a former long time Duncan resident passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home in Oklahoma City.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 connor kelly signing photo.jpg Kelly headed to Southeastern

    Duncan senior Connor Kelly signed Monday to play football for Southeastern Oklahoma University.
    Kelly, who played quarterback and defensive back for the Demons, considered several options before joining his father Kevin’s alma mater. Connor Kelly is also a standout wrestler and hurdler for the Demons.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Demon home game becomes road doubleheader

    The Duncan baseball team will head to Del City for a doubleheader Tuesday after its scheduled home Monday game was postponed.
    Demon coach Tim Hightower said Del City had some transportation issues that kept the Eagles from making it to Duncan. Snow in Del City delayed school buses and one would not have been available to bring the players to Duncan until between 4:30 and 5 p.m. That would mean delaying the start time of Monday’s game until later in the evening, when it would have been cold.

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15 Cooper Phillips Phillips’ pitching gives CHS hope in loss

    In a 4-0 loss Saturday, No. 11 Central High stood toe to toe with No. 4 Sterling in the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament final.
    Sophomore Cooper Phillips pitched a complete game for the Bronchos (16-7), allowing just one earned run, five hits and no walks. Coach Jeff Jones said with the team’s usual production, the Bronchos could have won the game.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 duncan golf kayla witt.jpg Weather makes things tough at state preview

    Cold, windy conditions greeted players at the Class 5A state girls golf preview tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Monday.
    Duncan girls golf coach Steve Etheridge described the conditions as miserable. The golfers who came to experience the course that will be the site of the Class 5A state tournament didn’t have good scores because of the weather.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
Poll

Who do you favor for the U.S. Senate seat that Tom Coburn is giving up?

State Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond
State Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City
Former State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso
     View Results