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Fri
20
Jul

Eagles Soar in 2017

Morris tailback Logan Stacy (5) looks for running room during the 2017 season opener against Mannford. Stacy rushed for 126 yards and 2 TDs in the Eagles’ 28-26 loss to the visting Pirates.
(Kaitlyn Dillard/Times staff)

Morris gridiron squad earns first 4-win season since 2012

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

The Morris Eagle varsity football team will begin the 2018 season August 31 on the road, taking on their arch rivals, the Henryetta Golden Knights.

The Eagles will be searching for their third-straight victory over the Knights after taking the last two meetings by margins of 22-18 and 21-12, respectively. The last time Morris was victorious three consecutive times over its arch rival was 2011-2013, which was the final three wins of a 6-game win streak over the Knights.

The Eagles' new gridiron campaign will be the head coaching debut of Robert Daniels, who has been an assistant at MHS for the past three seasons. Daniels takes over the reins of the Morris varsity football program following the departure of Jerry Hanlin, who guided the Eagle squad from 2015-2017.

Wed
18
Jul

Hill Climber

Former Henryetta High School runner Hailey Gillispie ran a career-best 19:02.08 at the Greater Louisville Classic cross country meet September 30, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky.
(Courtesy of Rogers State Athletics)

Hailey Gillispie enjoys success as college runner

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

Most athletes dream of having the opportunity to continue their skills at the collegiate level once they graduate from high school.

The dream became a reality for Hailey Gillispie, who just recently completed her collegiate running career at Rogers State University in Claremore.

"It was a great experience," said Gillispie, about her collegiate career. "Running in high school was awesome, but it's completely different running with the big girls....fast girls (in college). It just gives you a lot of drive to get better, even though, coming out of high school, I thought that I would be okay and I'd be able to run with some of the fast girls.

"You learn really quickly that that's not always true. You have to work up to that."

Wed
18
Jul

Henryetta Heat competing at USSSA National Championships

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

FORT WALTON BEACH, FLORIDA - The Henryetta Heat 14-Under fastpitch softball team is currently spending the week soaking up the Florida sunshine.

No, the local tournament team is not on vacation.

The Heat are participating in the USSSA National Championships this week at the Preston Hood Athletic Center, trying to defeat 17 other talented teams for the honor of being a national champion.

The Henryetta diamond squad is the only Oklahoma-based team at the week-long event, as the other 17 teams are from Indiana (2), Louisiana (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (5), Kentucky (1), Missouri (2), Georgia (1), Maryland (1), and New Jersey (1).

The Heat were scheduled to compete in a pair of Pool Play games to open their tournament participation, taking on the Indiana Beasts Monday at 1:20 p.m. EDT and the Maryville (Tennessee) Wildcats at 2:40 p.m. EDT.

Wed
18
Jul

Hole-In-One

Okmulgee’s Jerry Nick captured the individual championship at the Oklahoma Golf Association’s Super Senior Stroke Play Championship tournament in Edmond last Thursday.
(Submitted photo)

Okmulgee’s Jerry Nick captures OGA Super Senior championship

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

EDMOND - Two Okmulgee residents participated in a Senior Stroke Play Championship put on by the Oklahoma Golf Association last Wednesday and Thursday.

The 2-day event took place on the west golf course at the Oak Tree Country Club.

Jerry Nick took home the championship trophy at the Super Senior (60+) tournament at the Edmond golf course, while Orville Stephens finished 20th out of 23 golfers at the Senior (50-59) tournament.

Nick won his championship by four strokes, defeating Tom Nielsen of Edmond and Jim Wetzel of Edmond.

Stephens finished 28 strokes behind the leaders.

At the Super Senior tournament, Nick finished the 2-day event with a 4-over 144, while Nielsen and Wetzel tied for second with 36-hole totals of 148.

Wed
18
Jul

Three athletes qualify for Junior National Olympics

Okmulgee Roadrunner Victor Morgan makes the leap, taking seventh in the long jump with a distance of 3.47 meters. (Photo provided)

Okmulgee Roadrunners competed in USATF Region 9 Championships

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

Three Okmulgee Roadrunners defeated their opponents to snatch qualifications for the National Junior Olympics. Javonte Haygood, Keonte Youngblood and Keyonce Seals will travel to Greensboro, N.C. July 23-July 29 to compete in the olympic competition. Other Roadrunners competed in the finals but just barely fell short of obtaining a spot at the Junior Olympics. Several placed in long jump with Destinee Monteque taking 8th with 3.05, Victor Morgan placing 7th with 3.47 and Abigail Harris in 9th place. 

The Okmulgee Roadrunners competed against other Oklahoma teams, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Ozark teams in the USATF Region 9 Championships with a total of 1,657 athletes in attendance. 

Fri
13
Jul

Season ends for Roughnecks

The Henryetta Roughnecks 10 and Under baseball team saw their 2018 season come to a close last week with a pair of 1-run losses at the 2018 OK Kids Peewee Baseball Regional Tournament in Chandler. The Roughnecks, who are coached by Ryan Randleman, Dusty McElhannon, Dallas Johnson, J.R. Williams, and Ryan Morris, finished their 2018 season with a 42-8 record. Team members for the Roughnecks, are (not in order): Gavin Williams, William Perez, Boston Morris, Mavrix Randleman, Nakona Johnson, Jerome James, Steven Bender, Boston Graffman, Hunter McElhannon, Hunter Bowdler, and Trae Stidman.
(Submitted Photo)

Henryetta 10U baseball team drops pair at OK Kids Regionals

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

The 2018 Little League season came to a close for the Henryetta Roughnecks 10-Under baseball team last Thursday evening.

The Roughnecks, who are coached by Ryan Randleman, Dusty McElhannon, Dallas Johnson, J.R. Williams, and Ryan Morris, dropped back-to-back one-run decisions last week at the 2018 OK Kids Peewee regional tournament in Chandler.

The Henryetta diamond squad suffered an 11-10 setback to the eventual regional champion, the Sulphur Bulldogs, last Monday in the opening round, then had their dreams of an OK Kids state tournament berth end with a 5-4 loss to the Washington Chiefs in an elimination game at the double-elimination tournament.

Fri
13
Jul

Coaching changes continue around county

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

When the 2018-19 athletic season gets underway in three weeks, there will be lots of new faces in the coaching ranks around Okmulgee County.

Six of the eight county high schools will have at least one new head coach in 2018-19.

Most of the coaching vacancies were filled prior to the end of the 2017-18 school year.

The other coaching vacancies have been filled in the past month.

The county schools that recently hired new head coaches are Okmulgee, Beggs, Morris, Preston, and Wilson.

In Okmulgee, Lorin Hammer will take over the head coaching duties of the Lady Bulldog basketball program in 2018-19. Hammer takes over the OHS cage squad after the resignation of Kevin Rucker prior to the end of the 2017-18 basketball season.

There will also be a new head coach in both fastpitch softball and baseball at OHS in 2018-19.

Fri
13
Jul

Deadline today for benefit softball tourney

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

Deadline for the upcoming Victorious Victor Benefit Softball Tournament is today, so that brackets can be formed for the event.

The benefit softball tournament will be held at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's Claude Cox Omniplex in Okmulgee July 27 and 28.

Proceeds from the event will go to help the family with expenses in the treatment of 11-year old cancer patient, Victor Martinez.

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Fri
13
Jul

Former Bulldogs battle at Native All-Star Football Game

(Submitted photos)

Corey Brinkley (left) and Kethan Harjo, 2018 Okmulgee High School graduates, were on opposites sides of the football field last Saturday night at the 2018 Native All-Star Football Game at Don Wadley Stadium in Tahlequah. Brinkley and Harjo were an instrumental part the last four years in the recent success of the Okmulgee varsity football team. At the Native All-Star Game, Harjo was a member of the Red Hawk All-Stars, while Brinkley was a member of the Blue Eagle All-Stars. Harjo was named the Offensive MVP after hauling in the game-winning TD pass in the Red Hawks’ 14-7 victory. Brinkley was awarded the Chairman’s Grinder Award at the conclusion of the contest.

(Submitted photos)

Fri
13
Jul

Former OHS cage star headed to Altus

(Submitted photo)

Devion Nelson, a 2018 Okmulgee High School graduate, will be taking his basketball skills to Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, OK. Nelson, an instrumental part of the Okmulgee varsity basketball team the last three years, helped the Bulldogs to a state tournament appearance in 2017 and a trip to the area tournament this past season. Nelson joins former Bulldog standout Michael Simmons at the 2-year junior college. Simmons, a 2017 OHS graduate, signed a letter of intent with WOSC on June 20. Nelson is pictured with Western head basketball coach Rolando DeLaBarrera, left, and Okmulgee head boys basketball coach Johnny Dreyer.

 

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