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Tigers, Chieftains struggle to put up runs in district postseason bids

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It was rough going for both Union City and Calumet high schools in the recent Class A fall baseball playoffs, with the two county schools combining for just one win and 18 total hits.

Union City, ranked 20th in the state in the final regular-season poll, was playing in the District 10 Championships at 10th-ranked Amber-Pocasset. The Tigers defeated Glencoe 10-0 in the opener but dropped back-to-back games to the host by scores of 3-1 and 11-0.

Ludy Griggs’ team ends the season with a 17-5 record.

El Reno, Calumet run at pre-state

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El Reno High School’s boys cross country team took part in the recent Edmond Pre-State Meet Class 5A Division, taking 18th place overall.

The Indians posted a team score of 484 but had all its runners place at 102nd or better out of a field of 134 runners.

Matthew Chaffee led the El Reno effort with a 91st-place finish with a time of 20 minutes and five seconds over the 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) course. He posted a kilometer split of just over four minutes.

Redlands CC harriers open ’20 season with road dual against Cameron University

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Due to changes in the college landscape from COVID-19, Redlands Community College’s cross country team is one of just two sports competing this fall.

The Cougars got in their first action of the fall with a dual meet against Cameron University. Since it was a dual meet, no team scores or individual places were recorded.

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The need for speed

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The Hunter Showdown, a new stop on the Southern Drag Boat Association’s 2020 racing schedule, brought some interesting boats, paint schemes and speeds to Lake El Reno over the weekend. The SDBA event was the fourth stop on the 2020 tour but it was the first time the nationally-recognized racing series has held an event in El Reno.

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COVID-19 biggest foe in 5A-1 run

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Year in and year out, there are very few games in the District 5A-1 lineup each week without some sort of playoff implications.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the length of the district schedule as well as the 2020 season as a whole still remains up in the air.

“It’s about to get crazy,” said El Reno head coach Chuck Atchison, whose team travels to Lawton Friday night to take on MacArthur.

Two games last week in the District 5A-1 lineup were canceled due to COVID-19 as Duncan, Lawton MacArthur, Altus and Capitol Hill did not play.

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ER spikers step closer to 20-win season

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El Reno High School’s volleyball team, ranked fifth in Class 5A, moved one victory away from reaching the 20-win plateau last week with a 3-2 win over Noble in Suburban Conference action.

The 25-15/20-25/25-14/21-25/15-12 win lifted the Indians to 19-5 on the season and 2-1 in the conference standings.

El Reno won this match at the net on offense with 47 kills, led by 16 from Kadin Patterson, followed by Bailey Denwalt with 10. Madison Nichols led those in single digits with six kills, while Avery Peffer posted five.

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ER downs Demons in league play

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After dropping back-to-back games to frontrunner Carl Albert, El Reno High School’s softball team looks to have wrapped up third place in the District 5A-1 standings with a 15-5 win over Duncan.

El Reno closed out league play with an 8-6 record after the win over the Demons and improved to 12-18 on the season. The Indians lost games to the Titans by scores of 17-0 and 17-3.

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El Reno dominates Noble in 5A-1 opener

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Nearly a year removed from blowing a 20-point halftime lead in a shootout loss to the Noble, El Reno High School's football team found itself in an eerily similar situation Friday night.

El Reno held a 27-0 lead over the Bears at the half and opened the third period with the ball, close to the same scenario as the 2019 meeting.

“That was too eerie and I told the kids in the lockerroom not to forget what happened last year. We needed to stop that trend,” said El Reno head coach Chuck Atchison.

His team listened.

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El Reno catching late stride

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El Reno High School’s softball team snapped its four-game losing streak last week by stringing together three straight road wins in District 5A-1 play.

“We decided to come out and play this week. We want to be playing our best softball at the end of the season and I’m proud of the girls for sticking with the process and playing hard.

“Now they are seeing that hard work come to fruition,” said El Reno head coach Kylee Webb.

El Reno improved to 11-16 on the season with a 13-4 win over Lawton MacArthur to split the season series with the Highlanders.

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El Reno, Calumet harriers have solid classic showing in Hennessey

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El Reno High School’s cross country team had one of its better showings of the fall recently, taking part in the 2020 Turkey Creek Classic hosted by Hennessey.

Held at Turkey Creek Golf Course, the girls team was represented by Kaylee Pawnee, who ran the 3,200-meter course in a time of 19 minutes and 51 seconds to take 81st overall.

The El Reno boys team took part in the 5-kilometer, 3.1 mile course, led by a 32nd-place effort by Jacob Long with a time of 20:01.