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Shooting in traffic


The UC girls dropped to 1-1 on the season with a 50-21 loss to Calumet in a game which was called late in the fourth period due to a power outage. The Tigers also dropped to 1-1 on the season with an 81-38 setback to the Chieftains. Union City was slated to return to action Friday at Lookeba-Sickles in Washita Valley Conference play.

COVID-19 steals basketball rivalry game from Calumet


One week into the 2020-21 season, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a Canadian County school to cancel basketball games.

Less than an hour before the scheduled tipoff of the girls game with cross-county rival Okarche, Calumet High School officials canceled the contest and the subsequent boys outing due to concerns over the virus.

“We had two girls on our team show signs and we were trying to do what was best to keep everyone safe,” said Calumet girls coach Kyle Axton.

Okarche was already at Calumet’s gym when the games were called off.

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Indians bullish with Bulldogs


Facing a bye week during what is now termed the play-in round of the Class 5A playoffs, El Reno High School’s football team needed a stellar performance in its regular-season finale to keep the momentum running high.

“It was important that we keep our competitive edge going. It’s playoffs starting next week and that’s when it all matters. Our game plan was to come out here and take care of business and get some players that don’t get to play much some reps before playoff time,” said running back Darius Moore.

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Role shifts


After watching star quarterback Dorian Plumley put up back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing and passing seasons, El Reno High School head football coach Chuck Atchison felt it was time to start diversifying the Indians offensive portfolio.

It was a moved based on the potential of the Indians to make a deep run in the Class 5A playoffs with Plumley at the helm.

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UC holds off Verden; Calumet drops opener


Union City High School’s girls basketball team jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead over Verden and then held off a feverish fourth-period rally by the Tigers for a 47-40 win to kick off the 2020-21 season.

Verden trailed by 11 points going into the fourth period but outscored Union City 15-9 over the final eight minutes to keep the game close.

Daniel Anderson’s team made only three buckets in the fourth but two of those were 3-pointers from Kailee Jackson and a Kami Leonard bucket before fouling out.

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Fast start


Union City High School’s boys basketball team opened up the 2020-21 season last week with a 59-32 win over Verden.

Brayden Armstrong shoots in the lane.

J.D. Riley is fouled while shooting a layup.

Tyler Ross drives the baseline.

(Tribune photographer/Glen Miller)

Calumet FTs secure win over B-0 Bobcats


While making just 20 shots from the floor, Calumet High School’s boys basketball team opened up the 2020-21 season with a 67-58 win over Binger-Oney with strong free-throw shooting.

The Chieftains moved to 1-0 in the Washita Valley Conference standings after padding an eight-point lead after three periods with a 13-of-17 ( 76 percent) effort from the line over the final eight minutes.

Calumet closed the game making 23-of-29 attempts from the charity stripe for 79 percent. Mark Castillo scored a game-high 20 points, highlighted by his 8-of-11 mark at the line.

Veterans, active duty and youth hunters get extra waterfowl days


Military veterans and active military members will be able to join youth hunters for the first time this year on exclusive waterfowl hunting days set aside especially for them.

These special days, slated for Nov. 7 and Feb. 6, 2021, statewide except the Panhandle, provide two extra hunting days outside of the regular waterfowl hunting seasons for hunters 15 and younger. Now, active and retired military members can also participate.