Sports

Fri
23
Jun

Nearing the End

 

Preston second baseman Emma Long attempts to complete a double play during a recent county battle with Okmulgee at the Beggs summer softball league. Madyson Houston is shown running to second base for the Lady Bulldogs. The 5-week league will feature one final week of team action next Tuesday then will conclude with a single-elimination tournament June 27. The nine teams in the summer league are preparing for the upcoming 2017 fastpitch softball season that will get underway the week of August 7.

(Staff photo by

Larry Owen)

Fri
23
Jun

Water Warriors

 

Members of the Okmulgee YMCA Swim Team work on their technique during a practice session at the Okmulgee County Family YMCA Aquatic Park Thursday morning. The Swim Team was scheduled to open the 2017 season this past Monday in Claremore, but the meet was postponed. The Okmulgee swimmers are scheduled to travel to Oologah this Monday for a meet with Oologah and Bixby. Monday’s meet in Oologah is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. at the Oologah High School pool.

(Staff photo by Larry Owen)

Fri
23
Jun

Looking back at the 2016 Morris football season

Morris tailback Logan Stacy looks for a running lane during the Eagles’ county showdown with the Henryetta Golden Knights at historic Cameron Field in Henryetta September 2, 2016. Stacy rushed 41 times for 201 yards and 3 TDs in the Eagles’ 22-18 victory.

(File photo by Larry Owen)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

The Morris Eagle varsity football team will kick off its 2017 season August 25 at home against the Mannford Pirates.

Before the season kicks off in August, the Okmulgee Times would like to take a look back at the Eagles' 2016 football season, which saw the Beggs squad finish with a 1-9 record.

Below are game articles from eight of the Eagles' 10 regular-season contests in 2016. (Information was not available following the season opener at Mannford or the Week 3 game against Holdenville.)

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Eagles edge Knights in county showdown

Morris holds off late charge in 22-18 victory

HENRYETTA - The Morris Eagles notched a hard-fought 22-18 victory this past Friday night over their arch rivals, the Henryetta Golden Knights.

Wed
21
Jun

Scorching Demons-Beggs’ 2016 football season revisited

Beggs quarterback Tylar Murry (2) runs for postive yards during the Demons’ regular-season finale against Checotah on November 4, 2016, at Beggs. Murry was one of nine Beggs players to have their high school careers conclude in the Demons’ 49-48 loss to Claremore Sequoyah in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs on November 11, 2016. (File photo by Larry Owen)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

The Beggs Golden Demon varsity football team will kick off the 2017 season August 25 at home against Langston-Hughes Academy.

Before the season kicks off in August, the Okmulgee Times would like to take a look back at the Demons' 2016 football season, which the Beggs squad would finish with a 7-4 record.

Below are game articles from nine of the Demons' 10 regular-season contests in 2016, as well as the thrilling opening-round playoff game at Berryhill. (Information was not available following the Week 7 loss to Cushing.)

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Demons open 2016 with rout of NOAH

Beggs offense delivers 6 TDs in 49-6 thumping

BEGGS - The Beggs Golden Demon varsity football team opened their 2016 season this past Friday night at home against the NOAH Jaguars.

Fri
16
Jun

Henryetta to kick off 29th football season since mascot change

Henryetta running back Austen Macaluso (24) will look to guide the Knights to their 17th playoff appearance in 2017. The Henryetta gridiron squad will begin their journey towards a third-straight postseason berth August 25 at home against Eufaula.

(File photo by Larry Owen)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

The Henryetta High School varsity football team is getting ready for its 29th season under the moniker of the Knight.

Prior to the name change in January of 1989, the HHS sports teams were known by another name - the Fighting Hens.

As the Hens, the Henryetta football team appeared in the postseason a total of five times - 1945, 1951, 1982, 1985, and 1987.

Since changing its mascot to the Knights in 1989, Henryetta High School has an overall record of 132 wins, 164 losses in a total of 296 games and has reached the playoffs a total of 11 times - 1991, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2016.

In its final season as the Fighting Hens, the Henryetta varsity football team finished the 1988 season winless at 0-10.

In 1989, Henryetta began its history as the Knights, going 5-5 and just missing out on the postseason.

Fri
16
Jun

Preston holds youth basketball camp

 

Preston High School basketball coaches Dirk Walden and Jeff Weedn conducted a 3-day youth basketball camp May 30-June 1 at the Preston basketall gymnasium. Around 50 kids attended the 2017 Preston Basketball Camp with the campers being instructed on the basic fundamentals of the game of basketball. Coach Walden and Coach Weedn were assisted by current PHS basketball players and other volunteers.

(Photo provided)

Fri
16
Jun

OU great holds football camp

 

Former University of Oklahoma quarterback Jamelle Holieway, who led the Sooners to the 1985 National Championship, held his annual Spirit of Oklahoma football camp last Friday at historic Harmon Field. Friday’s camp in Okmulgee was the second stop in a 3-day span that also included Eufaula and Bristow. The camp was being sponsored by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. ABOVE: Holieway (right) is pictured with MCN Principal Chief James Floyd (center) and former Okmulgee High School and OU basketball great Kermit Holmes. AT LEFT: Kermit Holmes speaks to the campers at last Friday’s camp in Okmulgee. Holmes was a part of the 1987 state championship basketball team at OHS.

(Staff photos by

Larry Owen)

Fri
16
Jun

YMCA Swim Team to kick off season Monday

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

The Okmulgee County Family YMCA Swim Team will kick off their 2017 season this Monday (June 19) in Claremore.

The Okmulgee swimmers will battle Claremore and Bixby in a 3-team showdown at the Claremore Recreation Center.

Head coach Richard Manning and his 20-member team will compete in the Tulsa Parks Summer Swim League in 2017 with the meet sites being split up between Claremore and Oologah.

The YMCA swimmers will also compete in a pair of meets in Shawnee in the month of July.

The other TPR swim meets will take place June 26 and July 17 in Oologah and July 3 in Claremore.

The Okmulgee squad will also compete in the Tulsa Swimaroo at Reed Pool in Tulsa July 10 and could also have a chance to compete at the TPR All-City Championships in Claremore July 25 and 27.

Wed
14
Jun

Okmulgee County football teams look to add to playoff total in 2017

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

The 2017 high school football season is just a little over two months away. All six Okmulgee County squads will kick off their 2017 campaign August 25 in 'Zero Week' games.

Below are the 'Zero Week' games that feature Okmulgee County teams.

• The Okmulgee Bulldogs will travel to Broken Arrow for its season opener, taking on the NOAH Jaguars in a non-district contest.

• The Beggs Golden Demons will host Langston-Hughes Academy in its season opener.

• The Morris Eagles will host the Mannford Pirates in its season opener.

• The Henryetta Golden Knights will host the Eufaula Ironheads in its season opener.

• The Wilson Tigers and Dewar Dragons will meet in Wilson for their season openers.

During the 2016 season, four of the county teams reached postseason play - marking the first time since 2010 that four county squads made it to the playoffs.

Wed
14
Jun

Cody Elkins and FMX stunt team perform at 2017 Pecan Festival

Henryetta native Cody Elkins and his FMX stunt teammates Terry Russell and Jerad Larue performed death-defying aerial stunts on motorcycles this past Friday and Saturday at the 2017 Pecan Festival in Okmulgee. Elkins and his FMX stunt team’s performances thrilled the festival crowd on both days.

(Staff photos by Larry Owen)

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