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January 20, 2013

Post Presence: It’s gotta be the shoes

DUNCAN — Every Monday during the high school basketball season, I take a moment to look at the week that was for area teams.

So, my man card may be on the line for saying this, but I loved shoes as a kid — basketball shoes.

I knew what shoes each NBA star was wearing at any given time (I always had to get the latest Penny Hardaway’s as my back-to-school kicks).

 In hindsight, I may have been a bit obsessed. I never looked at it as a dream job, but I badly wanted to work for Foot Locker.

My podiatric knowledge when far beyond what Michael Jordan and Shawn Kemp were wearing, though. I knew the history of the brands and what set each apart. Just ask my wife. About a week ago we bought my son a pair of And1 shoes and she made the mistake of asking me if that was a legitimate brand. I felt the need to tell her about the “space-age” foam they invented to make their shoes light yet durable, and then told her how they tied their marketing hopes to Stephon Marbury and a street ball league, neither of which really paid off. By the time I was wrapping up my lecture, I noticed her eyes were as glossed over as the time I gave her my speech about how FILA ruined Grant Hill’s career.

 For those of you looking for a point to my shoe ramblings, much like the stories my wife has suffered through, there isn’t one. I just decided it was about time to come out of the closet — the shoe closet, that is.

Good Time for a Breather

This is the part of the season when most high school basketball teams are kicking it into high gear, not taking time to regroup.

Every team is looking to fix its weaknesses and make overall improvements, but once the season gets under way, those strides are usually pretty small. There isn’t much time to work on fundamentals, when you are prepping for your next opponent and then playing at least two games a week.

 The opportunity to actually take inventory, evaluate and then spend time just practicing is a luxury few teams will know. Duncan, however, has that opportunity right now, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Both teams are coming off 0-3 showings in tournament, but will have had 10 days to get refocused between games.

 The Demons have (5-8) have dropped five straight, going winless in the East Central Classic, while the Lady Demons (2-11) have lost four in a row, going 0-3 at the Chickasha Tournament.

This break could be just what the doctor ordered for both teams, if they can use it properly.

 In football, much is made of how teams handle bye weeks. Neither the Duncan boys nor girls got a real winter break as they both played in the Chisholm Trail Holiday Shootout, so this is their first “bye week.” It will be interesting to see how they handle it..

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    April 23, 2014

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    April 23, 2014

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    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

  • 4-22 duncan golf photo albin.jpg Demon golfers focused on regionals

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    The Demons will head to Ardmore this Monday for a tournament that was postponed from March 3 because of the weather.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

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    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady Donkeys push towards playoffs

    Fighting its roster limitations, Bray-Doyle slowpitch softball has a rare opportunity in front of it.
    Coach Frank Moser is optimistic about his chances in district versus Mayesville and No. 5 Roff. While Roff has been one of the best teams in Class 2A — it has a winning record despite almost all of its games coming against ranked competitors — Mayesville has been one of the worst. It picked up its first win against Alex on April 8 by just one run.

    April 22, 2014

  • Outlaws have chance to host regionals

    The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
    The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.

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