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Leading the pack

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With three games left in the regular season, the four schools headed for the playoffs from District 5A-1 seem to have been determined, even though the records have been skewed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now what place those teams will fall into the pecking order for the postseason is still far from being finalized, which makes El Reno High School’s game with Ardmore Friday night a must-win for the Indians.

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El Reno casts out Demons with trick play

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Stealing a page from Bill Belicheck’s NFL playbook, El Reno High School’s football team rolled out a long-practiced trick play to score a 2-point conversion and a defeat of Duncan in overtime, 43-42.

“It’s like what the Patriots ran in the Super Bowl with Tom Brady. At first we were going to go for just one point and overtime again. Coach Atchison (Chuck) and all of us felt strongly about the play. We have been practicing it for weeks so it was nothing new,” said senior Darius Moore.

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ER spikers edged out of state spot

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In the statistics book, El Reno High School’s volleyball team had the 2020 season end with a 3-1 loss to No.11 Glenpool in the title match of the Class 5A, Region 6 Championship. What the 26-28/22-25/25-17/17-25 score won’t show is just how close the sixth-ranked Indians were to winning the regional, hosted at Jenks Simmons Field House annex, and making the school’s first trip to state since 1993.

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EHS thinclads compete in ’20 Suburban meet

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MIDWEST CITY - Runners were greeted to warmer than expected temperatures here last week as the 2020 Suburban Conference Cross Country Championships netted a seventh-place finish for the El Reno High School boys team.

The Indians top five runners posted an overall time of one hour, 43 minutes and 56 seconds, with an average finishing time of 20:47.25 per runner over the 5-kilometer (3.11-mile) course at Carl Albert.

Redlands cross country team takes on tough field at Rich Mountain meet

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Traveling to Arkansas for a makeup meet, Redlands Community College’s cross country team got a chance to measure its progress against runners from several levels.

The 2020 Lions Club Bucks Overland Classic was held on the Mena Lions Disc Golf Course, hosted by the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain.

“It was a challenging and hilly course, but that didn’t stop our men from getting some personal records against schools from the NAIA, NJCAA and NCAA Division 2.

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Statewide quail index drops after roadside surveys

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The 2020 August roadside quail observation survey shows the statewide quail index down from 2019, dropping from 2.88 to 1.68.

This is 68.48 percent below the 31-year average of 5.33, and 45.28 percent below the 10-year average of 3.07.

However, when evaluated by ecoregion, Oklahoma’s quail index went up over last year in five of the state’s nine ecoregions.

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El Reno drops pair to Guymon

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El Reno High School’s softball team, the No.2 seed, staved off two elimination games last week in the Class 5A, Region 4 Championships before falling in the title round to Guymon.

The Indians went 2-2 in the playoffs, losing both games to the Tigers by scores of 7-2 and 4-0. El Reno, which closed the season with a 15-22 record, was held to eight total hits in 14 innings against Guymon, the No.1 seed.

“Everyone in our regional was good and it was anyone’s game. We fell a little short and everything went right for Guymon,” said El Reno head coach Kylee Webb.

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Atchison: Time for Indians to take the next step

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On the back of El Reno High School’s football helmets for the 2020 season are the words “Take the next step,” which according to head coach Chuck Atchison, comes Thursday night.

El Reno travels down U.S. 81 to take on Duncan in a game which now has district title implications for both teams.

“This game for Duncan, if they win, means the district title. After us they have Capitol Hill, Southeast and Altus and they will win all three of those games if they get played.

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Home run to state?

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El Reno High School’s volleyball team has taken the court at the Jenks Simmons Field House annex a dozen times this season, but come Monday, it will be a different feel for the Indians.

Kristen Koehler’s team, ranked sixth in the final state poll, was awarded one of the four host sites on the west side of the state. The Indians will welcome 11th-ranked Glenpool along with Del City and Guymon for the Class 5A, Region 6 Championship.

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Dancing without Wolves

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El Reno High School’s football team was left without a game Friday night after Capitol Hill was hit with a case of COVID-19 which left the Red Wolves without enough players to take on the Indians in District 5A-1 action. The Indians will head south Thursday to take on Duncan.