Sports

Hunting opportunities continue with pheasant, holiday antlerless deer seasons

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Several fall and winter hunting seasons are either open now or will open soon. Here are some details about Oklahoma’s annual ring-necked pheasant season and holiday deer antlerless gun season.

Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

Oklahoma’s 2020-21 ring-necked pheasant hunting season is under way, and hunters planning to pursue this exotic species will likely have more luck traveling farther into the northern reaches of Oklahoma this year.

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Indians pound the paint in fourth period to pull away from Wildcats

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With little momentum in its perimeter shooting, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team went old school in the fourth quarter in a rivalry game with Piedmont.

The Indians took only two shots outside of the paint over the final eight minutes, resulting in a 19-8 run, as El Reno broke a 37-all tie to open the frame and rolled to a 56-45 win over the unranked Wildcats.

“We thought we were bigger and more athletic than they were in the paint, so that was the plan for the ball. We just had to get it to the middle of the court,” said El Reno senior post player Kolton Hunt.

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Poor shooting woes come back to haunt EHS girls

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After battling back from two shooting slumps which led to a double-digit deficit, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team squandered a golden opportunity to knock off defending Class 5A state champion and No.8 Piedmont.

El Reno relinquished a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter leading to a 50-46 loss to the Wildcats. The setback dropped the Indians, ranked ninth in the state in Class 5A, to 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in the Suburban Conference standings.

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Puzzling drop

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El Reno High School’s boys basketball team dropped a spot in the latest Class 5A poll from ninth to 10th despite a season-opening 74-33 win over Harrah. The Indians are one of four Suburban Conference teams in the top 20 of the poll and five overall, with Del City holding down the fourth spot in the Class 6A rankings. Ranked ahead of EHS
in the 5A poll are Carl Albert (3) and Shawnee (5).

The team is slated to play at home Friday night against Piedmont. Games with Shawnee were canceled last week due to weather.

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Powerhouse league

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El Reno was ranked ninth in the latest Class 5A poll, one of six teams from the Suburban Conference holding down a spot in the top 20. The Indians are the third highest ranked conference team behind Carl Albert (4) and Piedmont (8).

El Reno was slated to host the Wildcats Friday night at Jenks Simmons Field House.

 

Matmen open year at tough BA Classic

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Due to a wave of schedule changes and cancellations over the first month, El Reno High School’s wrestling team opened up the 2020-21 season with a tough outing at the Bud Gainer Brown Arrow Classic.

Five of the eight teams entered were Class 6A schools including powerhouses Deer Creek, Mustang, Tulsa Union and the host Tigers. Glenpool, Stillwater and nine-time state champion Collinsville made up the other teams along with EHS, ranked fifth in the state.

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Fast starts

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HARRAH - Head coach Jennifer Douglas said her El Reno High School’s girls basketball team was “itching” to kick off the 2020-21 season and they showed it from the opening tipoff.

El Reno scored the first 14 points of the game, then battled through a sluggish second period before popping off 37 points in the second half to cruise to a 63-36 win over Harrah.