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El Reno focused on 5A-1 clean sweep

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With last week’s shutout of Southeast, El Reno High School’s football team clinched the District 5A-1 title outright, the Indians first league title since 2009.

However, that’s not good enough for El Reno head coach Chuck Atchison.

“There is no doubt we are district champions, but we don’t want to go out there and slip up and lose to Altus. We want to finish this thing up right and see who we play next in the playoffs,” said Atchison.

El Reno will host Altus Friday, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

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Indians shake off rust to dominate Southeast with strong ground game

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With three time and location changes and no real practices leading up to its game with Southeast last week due to a freak October ice storm, El Reno High School’s football team was missing its usual spark.

And it showed on Halloween day as the Indians looked sluggish early before powering through three turnovers en route to a 46-0 victory of the Spartans.

El Reno improved to 6-2 on the season and 5-0 in the District 5A-1 standings with the shutout.

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Connor named to OCA All-State team

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After a 21-year hiatus from having a player elevated to elite status with a spot on the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s All-State Volleyball Team, El Reno High School has been honored yet again after voting from state coaches.

Senior Riley Connor became the third El Reno player in the last four years to earn a spot on the Large West team, which will take on the East July 27 during the annual OCA All-State Week.

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El Reno lands four on elite 5A-1 softball squad

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El Reno High School’s softball team reached the regional finals this season with only two starting seniors on the roster, a feat which was rewarded with four players being named to the 2020 All-District 5A-1 team.

The awards this season had a different twist as players were not assigned by a position on the team, rather an area in which they played the majority of the season.

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Indians stand on doorstep of 5A-1 title

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After emerging unscathed through a run of games against the other four teams in the top half of the District 5A-1 standings, El Reno High School’s football team is now the odds-on favorite to claim the league championship.

“I know the players believe they are the district champs, but we have got to use the next two weeks to get better,” said El Reno head coach Chuck Atchison.

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El Reno takes command of 5A-1 with 34-16 win over Ardmore

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While all the teams in District 5A-1 will enter the playoffs this season after last week's decision by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, the order of finish may have settled itself on the field.

El Reno remains the only unbeaten team in the district following Friday night's 34-16 win over Ardmore at Memorial Stadium.

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All 4 one

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Forced by a growing number of teams losing games due to the spread of COVID-19, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association opened up the 2020 football playoffs to every team in the state.

“With the cancellation of numerous games in district play, it caused us some concerns on how games could be made up. We did not think we would have as many games canceled as we had,” said OSSAA Associate Director Mark Whaley during a Zoom call with members of the media.

RCC win streak snapped in final tourney of fall slate

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Redlands Community College’s golf team had its perfect run through the fall portion of the 2020-21 schedule snapped in the final tournament before breaking until spring.

The Cougars took second place at the Sydney Cox Invitational, which was played on the East and West Courses at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

Redlands fired a two-day total of 593 after posting rounds of 300 and 293 over the final 18 holes.

Texas Wesleyan edged out the Cougars for first place (591) by two strokes on the final day with a 291 after the two teams were tied after day one.

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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.