It’s been said there’s strength in numbers.
Last season though, numbers were not one of the Duncan Lady Demons strengths on the soccer field.
With just 12 players suited up in uniform, substitutions and options on offense were limited as the Lady Demons struggled to cope with the difficulty.
However, this season the Lady Demons will have plenty of attacking players to choose from as head coach Delydia Gay and her squad return five seniors along with a plethora of talented freshmen.
“We have numbers which means we have options,” Gay said Wednesday afternoon during practice. “I don’t have just 12 players like we did last year. I’m able to move girls around offensively and defensively. We’ve also got some really good freshman players up top. They’re also really fast and that’s something we haven’t had in a long time is speed.”
Among the returning players this season will be goalkeeper Madison Williams, along with forward Courtney Moore, defenseman Victoria Demar, and midfielders Tabetha Cochran and Katelyn Hicks. Also making her return to the squad is junior Autumn Parker.
“Our returning players are either going to make us or break us,” Gay said. “These girls play too big of a key role for us for them not to step up. Autumn is very smart and has good ball skills. She’s also going to bring a lot of speed for us. We’re very excited to have her back on the team this year.”
Some of the new faces debuting this season for the Lady Demons will be freshmen Shai Johnson, Stephanie Wainscott, and Alyssa Byers.
“We have a lot more talent than we had last year,” senior Courtney Moore. “This year we have some really good freshman players. We’ve got good days and bad days, but if we come out ready to play then we should get some wins this season.”
Williams added that she feels the team can grow a lot during the season because of the new players.
“I think the team is going to be really great this year,” she said. “It helps that we’ve got all of our returning starters back this season because they have a lot of experience. I’ve had to get used to diving again and having to remember all the position along with a lot of yelling. Our defense and scoring are both going to increase a lot this season. We’ve all learned how to cooperate with one another and I think it’s going to be a good combination.”
Fans will get their first look at the Lady Demons on Tuesday Feb. 19 as they will be hosting Ada for a scrimmage at Halliburton Field with kick-off set for 5:30 p.m.
DHS returns five seniors for upcoming year
It’s been said there’s strength in numbers.
Demon golfers compete at Lincoln Park
The Duncan boys golfers competed at a tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City Thursday.
Individual scores were Blake Graham with 76 and 79, Logan Harris with 76 and 75, Tyler Albin with 77 and 78, Christian Dructor with 78 and 86, and Carson Hogstad with 80 and 83.
Track teams head to Norman
The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.
Demon baseball beats Plainview in extra innings
The Duncan baseball team had to go extra innings and then hold off a late rally to win at Plainview 3-2 Thursday.
The game was tied 1-1 after seven innings. The Demons broke the tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, but Plainview battled back to make it 3-2 in its half of the inning.
More home tourney action awaits Demons
Another weekend of home matches await the Duncan tennis teams.
The BancFirst Tournament will be at the Duncan High School tennis courts, with the girls playing Friday and the boys Saturday. The tourneys come one week after Duncan hosted the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.
Bulldog pitching staff builds confidence
Heading towards the postseason, Empire is closing in on the possibility of winning record thanks in large part to its improvements on defense.
The Bulldogs (10-11) have cut down the errors from 10 or more a game to two or three a game. Coach Stefan Hunt said that’s led to the pitchers seeing some better results on the mound. Though, the pitchers have improved their game as well.
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.
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