Nycolas Spigner

Nycolas Spigner celebrates with the football during an Empire game earlier this season. His father is Empire Defensive Coordinator Kenney Spigner and they are a one of the father-son duos at Stephens County schools.

Most of the county football teams are about to enter the heart of their district schedule while the softball teams are wrapping up their seasons. Here are four stories you should know.


Comanche’s Diaz suffers season-ending injury

What we know: Gabe Diaz suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee Friday against Lindsay.

The injury will require surgery, and Diaz will be out for the rest of the season.

Why it matters: Diaz was one of the top skill players in the county. A transfer from Empire, Diaz had

played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Indians. 

What he did last year: Diaz gained 1,730 yards and scored 24 touchdowns rushing for Empire last year. He threw for 1,675 yards and 21 touchdowns. 


Duncan Softball secures second in district

How did it happen? The Lady Demons beat Altus, 6-2, on Monday, and Lawton Eisenhower, 11-2, on Tuesday. That secured a second place finish in district for Duncan.

Why it matters: The top two teams in each district hosts a regional tournament, meaning the Lady Demons will take the first steps of their post-season journey at home.

A full recap will publish in the weekend edition of The Duncan Banner.

Other county softball teams close difficult seasons

What happened? Bray-Doyle, Central, Empire and Velma-Alma all finished their softball seasons with losses in respective district tournaments.

How did they do? The four schools combined for a 34-57 record. Velma-Alma garnered the most victories out of the four schools, winning 12 games. 

Today is National Son’s Day

• “It’s a special bond I believe coaches and their sons have when as a father, you can compete with them during their high school career. I wouldn’t trade the experiences we’re going through for anything.”

- Empire defensive coordinator Kenney Spigner about his son, Nycolas Spigner


• “My situation at Marlow is unique. I’m an administrator, but they let me coach. I’m blessed that they let me do that,” said Coach Chad Gilbert.  “Our kids have grown up living the coach’s kid’s life. There is a lot of joy that comes out of it. We’re blessed to live the life we have.”

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