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Goucher signs

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El Reno High School senior Rafe Goucher became the first football player off the Indians 2019 playoff team to sign a national letter of intent. Goucher signed with Emporia State out of Kansas, following in the footsteps of another EHS All-State player, Justin Brown. (Tribune photographer/ Glen Miller)
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El Reno girls use speed in the transition game to combat 6-5 post player

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El Reno High School senior Kayla Jones admits she had never played against someone as tall as Oklahoma City Storm post player Haylee Webber – a 6-5 senior for the home-school program.

“Whenever she blocked my first shot, I told myself I was not going to go back in there. I’ve never played against someone that big, not that huge,” said Jones.

So how did El Reno combat Webber, who ended the game with eight rebounds and four blocked shots? The Indians used their best asset - quickness.

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Chasing away the Storm?

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There were a lot of what ifs emerging from El Reno High School’s boys basketball team's 44-39 loss to the Oklahoma City Storm to close out the regular season.

What if El Reno had not given up a 13-0 run to start the game? What if the Storm, a home-school program, had not played a game of backyard keep-away for over four minutes of the second half?

Despite those two hurdles, El Reno clawed back into the contest and had a chance to not only take the lead late in the fourth quarter but also pull out a victory.

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Fistful of qualifiers

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In what several grapplers termed a tough regional, El Reno High School’s wrestling team advanced five out of the Class 5A West Regional for this weekend’s Oklahoma State High School Wrestling Championships.

“Anytime you get to qualify for state, it’s a big honor. Making state around here is pretty hard,” said El Reno senior Kord LaFoe, one of EHS’ two regional champs.

Eight of the top 15 teams in the latest tournament rankings for Class 5A were sent to the West Regional, hosted by El Reno.