New coach hopes wrestlers can unlock their potential
Kelly Henderson, a four-year letterman at University of Central Oklahoma, takes over as the head coach of the Marlow wrestling team, fresh off his 26-7 senior campaign.
His assistant coach, Keith Kizarr, also starred at the university, being named a Division II third-team All-American in 1995 and second-team in 1997. They will look to lend their guidance to a team that has high hopes for the 2013 season.
Indian boys have higher expectations
Much of the excitement surrounding the 2013 Comanche boys basketball is to 6-foot 10-inch center Jacob Hammond, and rightly so.
The senior transfer could prove to be a game changer for the whole season outlook. However, what is lost in all of that attention is a supporting cast that can assimilate the post-man into a cohesive unit.
Experience should benefit Comanche girls
For senior Baylee Morgan, this is comback year for Comanche girls basketball.
Struggling with inexperience, the Indians finished last season with a disappointing 2-17 record. It was a difficult season, which followed a 12-12 record that saw almost 50 points per game lost due to graduation, according to coach Sean Hushbeck.
Young grapplers showing progress
Comanche’s wrestling team will be young, but coach Jason Miller doesn’t want to say that he is rebuilding.
The Indians graduated many seniors who Miller said were “just solid kids for us.” But he believes the wrestlers he has on this year’s squad will rise to the occassion.
Comet boys have solid starting five
The Velma-Alma boys basketball players remembered all four teams that beat them last year.
Sterling, Marlow, Ft. Cobb-Broxton and Amber-Pocasset were the lucky ones whose names were burned into the memory of the players. They also knew another somber statistic. Despite all of the success that the program has had, it hasn’t won a game in the state tournament in 30 years, according to senior Alan Beck.
Girls seek continued court success
A unique team with distinctive roles, Velma-Alma girls basketball enters the 2013 season hungry for success.
The 2012 Comets (18-6, 6-1) fed that appetite, and with the large amount of players returning, the players are ready to have a special season.
New Bulldog coach keeping things simple
Just two seniors occupy spots on the 18-man Empire boys basketball roster.
Despite that inexperience, coach Stefan Hunt doesn’t want to hamper expectations. The Bulldogs finished with only three wins last year, according to maxpreps.com, but with 10 players in the sophomore class, there is hope for the future.
Three seniors form core of Empire girls squad
With eight more members on its roster this season, Empire girls basketball is looking to improve on its winning record last year.
Coach Jason Allensworth said that it all begins with the three seniors on the team: Kaelyn Allensworth, Melaina Yearby and Jessica Carney.
Strong senior group leads Central boys
Central High boys basketball coach John Nease is excited to get his players in the gym and start the season.
The football team going to the playoffs meant he didn’t have his full unit until after the first round of the Class B state playoffs. Then, the first game against Bray-Doyle on Nov. 22 was canceled because of inclimate weather. Now, he has everyone and that includes senior Kevin Harris, who was a second-team all-county selection last season. Harris is also the football team’s starting running back and led the team with more than 1,600 yards.
Broncho girls want another state trip
Central High girls basketball returns an experienced roster this season, looking to improve on last year’s season, which ended in the state playoffs.
Led by the Harris sisters, the Bronchos can pack a punch on teams looking to duel down low. The elder Harris, Faith, is one of the team’s key components and coach Chad Weldon said the key is to find players who can play with her.
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