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November 5, 2013

Playoff matchups for area teams taking shape

DUNCAN — Most local football teams have their playoff matchups set, but a few still depend on the outcome of this weekend’s games.

Central High, Empire, Marlow and Velma-Alma have all secured playoff spots entering the final week of the regular season.

Meanwhile, Duncan needs a win this Friday at Chickasha to secure a playoff berth. Comanche is out of the running for a playoff berth.

As far as first-round opponents for area teams are concerned, a few have been determined but a couple still depend on the outcome of Friday’s games.

Here is a summary of each area team’s postseason picture entering Week 10.

Duncan (3-5): The Demons can sew up the fourth playoff spot out of District 1-5A by winning at Chickasha. If the Demons win, they will get a familiar opponent in the first round. Guthrie (9-0) will secure first in District 1-5A by beating Northwest Classen Friday. The Bluejays faced the Demons in the season opener for both teams, a game Guthrie won 46-6.

Marlow: (6-3): The Outlaws secured fourth place in District 1-3A and will likely face Seminole (9-0) in the first round. Seminole can wrap up first in District 2-3A with a win over Chandler Friday. Marlow closes its season Friday in a non-district game against Kingfisher.

Empire (7-2): The Bulldogs’ win at Velma-Alma last week ensured them second in District 4-A and a home playoff game in the first round. Empire will draw Crescent (6-3), who will likely finish third in District 3-A. Crescent still has a non-district game remaining against Pawnee Friday, while the Bulldogs will take a forfeit win over Bray-Doyle.

Velma-Alma (6-3): The Comets will wrap up third place in District 4-A with a win Friday at Healdton. Velma-Alma will likely face Cashion (7-2) to open the playoffs. Although Cashion still has a District 4-A game remaining against Crossings Christian, the Wildcats have a district win over Crescent and thus hold the  tiebreaker for second.

Central High (6-3): The Bronchos can place third by beating Cyril in District 1-C action this Friday. They would then get the second-place team from District 2-B. Pond Creek-Hunter and Laverne, both 9-0, will play for first and second in District 2-B this Friday.

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  • 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.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 duncan track photo.jpg 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.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 18, 2014

  • 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.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 Empire baseball.jpg 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.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 duncan baseball photo.jpg 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17 jaz gayanich signing photo.jpg 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17 VA baseball 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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

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