Oklahoma Coaches Association Region 5, which features all seven Stephens County schools, honored several coaches and one Stephens County wrestler in their award list released Wednesday afternoon.
Region 5 has 54 schools from all different classifications and the winter and spring sports honors were released that had three representatives from Comanche, one from Velma-Alma and two from Duncan on the list.
The first award was for Boys Basketball Coach of the Year and that was given to Velma-Alma’s Kenny Bare who led the Comets to a big 2019-2020 season.
Leading the boys team for 23 seasons, Bare had the Comets rolling throughout the 2019-2020 season winning all three tournaments they were in, including repeat titles in their own Comet Classic and the Stephens County Tournament.
Having a record of 24-4 on the season, Bare and the Comets season ended in the Area Consolation Semi-finals with Roff beating them on a last second three to eliminate the Comets from a state title chance.
The second award went to Comanche as the Girls Basketball Coach of the Year award went to retiring coach Aaron Weast who led the only basketball team in Stephens County to make State.
Weast has been coaching for over 30 years and spent his last season with the Comanche Lady Indians leading them to a record of 24-5 and their third state tournament appearance in the last four years.
In the 2019-2020 season, the Lady Indians were able to punch their ticket to the State Tournament by beating Kingston on last second free throws to win the area consolation championship.
As they were about to start their State Tournament, the cancellation of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic left the season unfinished but Weast was named Coach of the Year for the region.
Their only tournament win of the year was their sixth straight Stephens County Tournament title and the other two tournaments they appeared in were consolation champions and runner-up.
The final winter sport winner came in the form of Male Athlete of the Year and Comanche wrestler Konner Doucet took home the region’s best athlete award for his incredible season and career.
Doucet became the 40th wrestler in the State of Oklahoma to win four titles in his four year career and only second in Stephens County while also being the first at Comanche to achieve the four title status.
Signed to wrestle at Oklahoma State University, Doucet went perfect his junior and senior seasons with no losses in each match and finished with a dual state team title, regional team championship and state championship as a team along with his four individual state titles.
The spring sports had Duncan tied as first year head coach Darren Cobble won the tennis award and Duncan Baseball Coach Erik Hughes won the baseball coach of the year award.
Cobble took over for Coach Phil Barnes in 2020 and was starting his first year by having a talented senior class he got to coach for all four years as an assistant.
Winning a couple of tournaments, Cobble’s first season as head coach of Duncan Tennis wasn’t finished because of the COVID-19 pandemic but he was selected by all of the region tennis coaches.
Coach Erik Hughes, who is in his third season with the Demons, won his first Region Coach of the Year Award for Baseball after two straight state tournament trips and a promising start in 2020.
Hughes was 3-1 to start 2020 with two district wins over Western Heights and a road win over Guthrie as the Demons were getting the season underway before their season was canceled.
Having four seniors in the field, the Demons will return several players in 2021 where Hughes will enter his fourth season with Duncan High School.
The final award was for Athletic Director of the Year and that went to Comanche’s Sean Hushbeck who oversaw several top finishes in the program.
As an assistant for the football team, Hushbeck saw the first sport of the year improve under first year head coach Casy Rowell and have their first playoff appearance in several years.
Hushbeck also saw the softball, cross country, wrestling, basketball teams and baseball off to a great start and was honored by the Region for the award.
All of these region award winners will now vie for the State Award which will be decided later this year when the Oklahoma Coaches Association goes through their voting process.