Sports

Fri
08
Dec

Eagles rout Weleetka to improve to 2-1

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

WELEETKA - The Morris Eagles improved to 2-1 on the year with a 52-24 rout of the host Weleetka Outlaws this past Tuesday.

The Eagles got a balanced scoring performance in Tuesday's blowout win with eight players contributing to the 52-point total, led by sophomore Joe McBride, who finished with a game-high 20 points. Dillon Mattingly also reached double figures for the Morris gentlemen with 11.

Other Eagle scorers against Weleetka were Devon Warren with six, Johnson Huynh five, Daxton Metz and Brett Beard three each, and Marquelon Johnson and Gahrett Powell two apiece.

As a team, Morris made good on 20 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers and were 10 of 13 from the free throw line against the Outlaws.

Weleetka's points came on six 2-point baskets, three 3-pointers, and three (of 3) free throws.

Fri
08
Dec

Okmulgee cagers swept at Catoosa

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

CATOOSA - The Okmulgee Lady Bulldogs suffered their first defeat in 2017-18 this past Tuesday evening with a 53-51 loss to the host Catoosa Lady Indians.

The heartbreaking 2-point setback puts the Lady Bulldogs at 2-1 on the year, heading into a busy week of basketball action next week, beginning with opening-round action at the Sperry Basketball Tournament on Monday.

The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to begin tournament play against Tulsa Webster Monday at 4 p.m. After Monday's tournament contest, the OHS ladies will open up the home portion of their regular-season schedule on Tuesday, taking on the Wagoner Lady Bulldogs in a 6 p.m. start time.

Fri
08
Dec

Okmulgee, Beggs to have representatives at week-long event

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

SPERRY - Two Okmulgee County schools will have representatives at next week's Sperry Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Okmulgee will send both of its varsity teams to the week-long event, while Beggs will send its varsity boys team and its junior varsity girls team as part of the 8-team tournament field.

The 2017 Sperry Tournament will get underway at 4 p.m. on Monday when the Okmulgee Lady Bulldogs battle the Tulsa Webster Lady Warriors in the tournament opener.

The other girls opening-round contest on Monday will pit the host Sperry Pirates against the Glenpool Lady Warriors at 7 p.m.

Fri
08
Dec

Demons set to battle John Marshall for 3A title

Beggs senior wide receiver E.J. Smoot (1) leaps high into the air to make a catch during last Friday’s Class 3A semifinal game against Sulphur. Smoot will look to guide the Demons to their first state football championship tonight against John Marshall at Stillwater High School.
(Larry Owen, Times staff)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

For the first time since 1977, Beggs High School will play for a state championship in football tonight.

The Demons (13-1, ranked fourth in 3A) have had a tremendous season in 2017 and have one more roadblock standing in their way towards their first state football title since 1975.

The final roadblock that stands in the Demons' way of ending a 42-year drought comes in the form of the John Marshall Bears.

John Marshall has a football championship drought of 22 years with the last state title for the Bears coming in 1995 when they defeated Lawton MacArthur for the Class 5A crown. The 1995 state championship team is the last time that John Marshall has appeared in a state football championship game until this season.

Wed
06
Dec

Morris places third to lead county wrestlers

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

OKMULGEE - The Okmulgee junior high wrestling program came away with a ninth-place finish at the 2017 Gary McKee Okmulgee Bulldog Wrestling Classic this past Friday.

The Bulldogs finished with 41 team points in the team standings. Holland Hall finished ahead of the OMS squad with 52 points and Metro Christian was 10th with 39.5 points.

The Morris Eagles were the top county team at last Friday's junior high tournament, finishing third with 168 team points. The Eagles finished behind McAlester and Checotah in the team standings. McAlester was the team champion at the Okmulgee tournament with 213.5 team points, followed by Checotah in second with 194 points.

Bethel was fourth in the team standings with 122.5 points, followed by Prague in fifth with 117.5 points.

Wed
06
Dec

Eagles fall at home to Kellyville

Sophomore Center Joe McBride, 30, eyes a Kellyville player as he goes up for a basket during Friday night’s game against the Kellyville Ponies. McBride was the star of the third quarter shooting and completing an astounding six two point shots. He also led the Eagles in points with 26 total points earned throughout the game.
(Kaitlyn Dillard, Okmulgee Times)

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

Morris’ High School Boys Basketball team held its first home game of the season against the Kellyville Ponies, suffering a 61-52 defeat.

Morris sophomore center Joe McBride opened up the home opener in true form, earning two baskets at the beginning of the first quarter. McBride’s two-pointers were quickly followed by two completed free throw shots, putting Morris on the scoreboard with 11 points in the first quarter.

McBride’s points were also accompanied by teammate Eli Martin, who earned one two-point basket that was preceded by a free throw.

The Kellyville Ponies would not allow the Eagles to obtain a lead right out of the gate, matching them point for point and tying the game in the first quarter, 11-11.

The Eagles lost hold of the opportunity to earn a lead in the second quarter, letting the Ponies get ahead of them by six points, 28-22.

Wed
06
Dec

Morris finishes eighth in team standings at 2017 Gary McKee Okmulgee Bulldog Classic

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

OKMULGEE - Okmulgee senior Chris Wallace dominated all of the competition that he faced this past Saturday at the 2017 Gary McKee Okmulgee Bulldog Wrestling Classic at historic Brock Memorial Gymnasium.

Wallace, after receiving a first-round bye, earned pinfall victories over his three opponents to capture the championship medal in the 220-pound weight division.

Wallace's first pinfall win came against Martin Sheared of Morris, pinning the Eagle wrestler's shoulders to the mat at the 1:56 mark.

In the semifinals, Wallace scored a pinfall victory over Bethel's Hayden Wilcox, ending the match 39 seconds into the second period.

Wallace needed just one minute into the second period of his championship match against Bristow's Ezra Ketilsson to come away with the first-place finish.

Wed
06
Dec

Lady Eagles suffer setback at home

Morris senior forward Kaylee Pinkston puts up a shot attempt during last Friday’s home opener against Kellyville. (Kaitlyn Dillard, Times staff)

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

Morris--The Morris High School Girls Basketball team were dealt a 50-39 loss at the hands of Kellyville’s Lady Ponies Friday night in their first home game of the season.

Despite having high-scoring players, the Lady Eagles could not keep possession of the ball long enough offensively, providing the Lady Ponies ample opportunity to score.

The Lady Eagles were neck and neck with the Lady Ponies in the first quarter, scoring six points to Kellyville’s nine.

Senior Kaylee Pinkston and freshman forward Charie Barnett led their team in the first quarter with two baskets apiece.

Though they only trailed three points behind Kellyville, the Lady Eagle defense allowed four two-pointers to slip by in the first quarter, and the Lady Ponies did not stop scoring.

Wed
06
Dec

Bulldogs sputter in fourth to fall in nightcap

Okmulgee sophomore McKenzie James goes up for two points during last Thursday’s road basketball game at Tulsa Central.
(Larry Owen, Times staff)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

TULSA - The Okmulgee Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-0 last Thursday with a 50-13 rout of the Tulsa Central Lady Braves.

In the nightcap, the Okmulgee Bulldogs sputtered offensively in the fourth quarter to suffer a 57-47 setback to the host Tulsa Central Braves.

The loss to Tulsa Central evens the Bulldogs' season record at 1-1.

The Okmulgee squads were back in action on Tuesday evening with a trip to Catoosa for a meeting with the Catoosa Indians and Lady Indians.

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will follow the road trip to Catoosa with a trip to Sperry next Monday (December 11) to begin competition at the Sperry Basketball Tournament then will open their home portion of their 2017-18 schedule next Tuesday (December 12) when they play host to the Wagoner Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs.

Wed
06
Dec

Beggs rallies to defeat Sulphur to reach 3A title game for first time since 1977

Beggs junior defensive end T.J. Austin (4) applies pressure to Sulphur QB Dawson Muck (11) during last Friday’s Class 3A semifinal game at Edmond Santa Fe High School. Austin came away with the game-clinching defensive play in the Demons’ 37-28 victory.
(Larry Owen, Times staff)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

EDMOND - It has been 40 years since the Beggs Golden Demon football team played for a Gold Ball.

The last time that the Demons competed for a state championship in football was 1977 when they were blanked 20-0 by Watonga in the Class A title game.

This past Friday, the Beggs squad (ranked fourth in 3A) punched their ticket to the Class 3A state championship game with a 37-28 victory over the fifth-ranked Sulphur Bulldogs in the 3A semifinals at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

The Demons' final obstacle on their journey towards their first state championship since 1975 will be the third-ranked John Marshall Bears out of Oklahoma City, who earned a spot in the Class 3A state title game after upsetting top-ranked, unbeaten, and defending state champion Jones 29-26 last Friday in Putnam City.

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