Sports

Fri
18
Aug

Dewar suffers 4-3 loss to Eufaula following shutout wins over county foes

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

DEWAR - The Dewar Lady Dragons suffered their first loss of the 2017 season last Friday evening with a 4-3 setback to the Eufaula Lady Ironheads.

The heart-breaking loss to Eufaula came in the winner's bracket semifinals of the 2017 Dewar Invitational Fastpitch Softball Tournament at Al Kessel Field.

The Dewar ladies began the 3-day tournament last Thursday with back-to-back shutout wins over a pair of Okmulgee County foes. The Lady Dragons' first tournament win came last Thursday morning, defeating the Wilson Lady Tigers by a 22-0 margin.

The Dewar squad made it 2-0 in tournament action last Thursday evening with a 12-0 victory over the Okmulgee Lady Bulldogs in the second round of the 3-day event.

Fri
18
Aug

OSSAA approves new football alignments

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

When high school football begins on Aug. 24, 2018, there will be some changes in which teams play in which classes and districts.

On August 9, 2017, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association approved new district alignments for the 2018 and 2019 football seasons.

Okmulgee County football fans are probably wondering where their team will be assigned following the 2017 season.

Well, here is the answer.

Okmulgee Bulldogs

For the Okmulgee Bulldogs, they will stay in Class 3A in 2018 and will be reassigned to District 3A-3. The Bulldogs will still battle Checotah, who is currently part of District 3A-6, in district action for at least two more years. The other six teams that will make up 3A-3 with Okmulgee and Checotah will be Stigler, Roland, Seminole, Tulsa Webster, Idabel, and Lincoln Christian.

Fri
18
Aug

County squads competing at Depew softball tournament

Morris senior Kyzia Whisenhunt prepares to make a catch in the Lady Eagles’ season opener against Kiefer. Whisenhunt and the Morris fastpitch softball team is currently competing in the annual Sue Treloar Memorial Softball Tournament in Depew this weekend. The Lady Eagles began Pool Play on Thursday against Ripley and will conclude Pool Play action on Friday against Sterling at 11 a.m. and Mounds at 2 p.m. Morris is joined at the 3-day tournament by county mates Beggs and Preston.
(Staff photo by
Kaitlyn Dillard)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

Three Okmulgee County fastpitch softball teams are currently competing at the annual Sue Treloar Memorial Softball Tournament this weekend at Depew High School.

The Morris Lady Eagles, Beggs Lady Demons, and Preston Lady Pirates are part of an 8-team tournament field that is divided into two Pools.

The Lady Demons and Lady Pirates are in Pool A with Bristow and Depew, while the Lady Eagles are in Pool B with Mounds, Ripley, and Sterling.

Pool Play got underway on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the tournament host Depew Lady Hornets taking on the Bristow Lady Purple Pirates. Thursday's other Pool Play games were as follows:

* Bristow vs Beggs; 12:30 p.m.

* Mounds vs Ripley; 2 p.m.

* Morris vs Ripley; 3:30 p.m.

* Mounds vs Sterling; 5 p.m.

* Depew vs Preston; 6:30 p.m.

Fri
18
Aug

County gridiron squads put finishing touches on 2017 preparations with preseason scrimmages

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

This Friday, the six Okmulgee County high school football teams will make some final preparations for next Friday's 2017 season opener by taking part in preseason scrimmages this evening.

Five of the six county teams will be the host site of their one preseason scrimmage, while the other county squad will take to the road in their final tuneup before beginning 2017 next Friday.

The lone road warrior this evening will be the Wilson Tigers. The Tigers will begin their second season of football action with a trip to Strother to battle the Strother Yellowjackets in a 2-team preseason scrimmage. The Wilson squad will use the scrimmage with the Yellowjackets to get better prepared for next Friday's season opener at home against county foe, the Dewar Dragons.

Wed
16
Aug

Lady Demons notch shutout win over Lady Knights in county softball meeting

Beggs freshman Kacee Phelps watches a pitch land in the glove of Henryetta catcher Brittani Hembree during an at-bat in last Thursday’s county battle at Beggs.
(Staff photo by Kaitlyn Dillard)

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

The Beggs fastpitch softball team’s defense and offense pulled out all the stops, earning a shutout win against Henryetta’s fastpitch team last Thursday. The Lady Demons defeated the Lady Knights 17-0 in the county battle with the game ending in the third inning on a run rule.

Beggs freshman Kacee Phelps began her high school career as a pitcher with poise. Despite her rookie status, Phelps was able to control her pitches and earn three strikeouts in the three-inning game.

The Lady Demons were able to quickly end the inning by getting three consecutive outs through the combined strength of Phelps and defensive players, freshman first baseman Shelby Caldwell and freshman third baseman Kaylee Hutton. Both Hutton and Caldwell were able to stop hits made by the Lady Knights offense.

The Lady Demons’ defense was not the only stars of the game.

Wed
16
Aug

Lady Dogs begin 2017 with back-to-back losses

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

DEWAR - The Okmulgee Lady Bulldogs kicked off their 2017 fastpitch softball season last weekend at the Dewar Invitational Fastpitch Softball Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs did not have the outcome they had hoped for at the 3-day event, dropping back-to-back decisions last Thursday and Friday to end their tournament participation.

The Okmulgee squad began their 2017 season last Thursday with a battle with the host Dewar Lady Dragons. The Lady Dragons took the county showdown by a 12-0 margin with the game ending on the run rule in the third inning.

Wed
16
Aug

Okmulgee downs Preston in alumni contest

Okmulgee’s John Neal is fouled by Preston’s Ben Wright during the first period of Sunday’s Battle of the Towns alumni basketball game at Brock Memorial Gymnasium.
(Staff photo by Larry Owen)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

OKMULGEE - The Okmulgee Bulldog alumni earned bragging rights here Sunday evening with an 85-59 victory over the Preston Pirate alumni in the 1st Annual Battle of the Towns alumni basketball game at historic Brock Memorial Gymnasium.

Four players, including MVP John Neal, scored in double figures in the county cage battle. Ed Mangum led all scorers with a game-high 16 points. Neal and Jimell Tate were next for Okmulgee with 14 points each, followed by Andrew Lewis with 11. Bryan Dunlap just missed double-digit scoring for the Bulldogs with eight points.

Other Okmulgee alumni to score in the county battle were Ricky Smith with six, Michael Simmons five, Savon Jordan four, and Jordan Young, Will Franklin, and Donte Lewis two each.

Wed
16
Aug

Okmulgee football season tickets available

 

Reserve seat season tickets are on sale for Okmulgee High School’s 2017 football season.

The tickets are $30 per person.

The season tickets provide admission to all home games at Harmon Field, including high school varsity, junior varsity games, freshmen and junior high football games. The season tickets are not valid for any varsity playoff games at Harmon Field.

The Okmulgee Athletic Department is also offering reserve parking in the west parking lot. The price is $30 per park pass. The passes are for one vehicle, but can be moved to a different vehicle at any time.

To purchase your season tickets and reserve parking passes, visit the Okmulgee Athletic Department office at OHS, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call Diane Colbert at 918-758-2075, extension 3121.

Wed
16
Aug

Jimell Tate garners MVP honors in 3rd Annual Bulldog Alumni Basketball Game

1996 Okmulgee High School graduate Quincy Douglass goes up for a layup while being guarded by 2006 OHS graduate Ed Mangum during Sunday’s 3rd Annual Bulldog Alumni Basketball Game at historic Brock Memorial Gymnasium.
(Staff photo by Larry Owen)

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

OKMULGEE - Former Okmulgee basketball standouts returned home this past Sunday to compete against one another in the 3rd Annual Bulldog Alumni Basketball Game at historic Brock Memorial Gymansium.

For the second-straight year, the East Alumni squad came out on top of their West Alumni counterparts.

In last year's Alumni Game, the East walked off the floor with a 76-67 decision.

This year's contest was also a 9-point win for the East, 67-58.

Recent 2017 OHS graduate and All-State selection Jimell Tate earned Most Valuable Player honors at the conclusion of the contest, finishing with a game-high 22 points, including knocking down six 3-point baskets.

Tate was one of three East players to reach double figures. Brandon Fisher followed Tate's game-high 22-point performance with 12 points, while Michael Wilson rounded out the East double-digit scorers with 10 points.

Fri
11
Aug

Annual Beggs softball festival on tap this weekend

By LARRY OWEN

Times Sports Editor

 

A total of 16 high school fastpitch softball teams will converge on Lady Demon Park this weekend for the annual Beggs Fastpitch Softball Festival.

The annual 2-day event will feature lots of talented teams from across the state, including a pair of Okmulgee County squads.

The host Beggs Lady Demons will be joined at the annual softball festival by their arch rival - the Preston Lady Pirates, as well as teams from Kellyville, Kansas, Red Oak, Vian, Panama, Haskell, Oktaha, Mounds, Liberty (Mounds), Glenpool, Oktaha, Wilburton, Comanche, and Spiro.

The festival will take place this Friday and Saturday on two fields - North and South.

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