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Struck late by Storm


Facing a relentless full-court pressure and a barrage of 3-point baskets from the Oklahoma City Storm, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team looked to have figured out a win in the regular-season finale.

Then the rug got pulled out from underneath the Indians.

The Storm went on a 7-0 run late in the fourth period to pull out a 78-73 win over the Indians. The loss dropped El Reno to 8-9 on the season going into the Class 5A regional round of the playoffs.

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Calumet one win from state after chaining Terriers bite


OKARCHE – For a second straight season, Calumet High School’s boys basketball team has reached the area round without a postseason loss, needing one win to reach the state tourney.

Calumet, ranked fifth in Class A, defeated Thomas Fay-Custer 62-46 to win the Area 1, Region C Championship. The Chieftains improved to 16-0 on the season and will play third-ranked Arapaho-Butler for the area title and a pass to state.

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Mitchell follows mom’s lead, OHS girls win regional


OKARCHE - Following in the footsteps of her legendary mom, Cherie Myers, Haley Mitchell has her Okarche High School girls basketball team one win away from a trip back to state.

Okarche, ranked eighth in Class A, defeated Woodland 45-34 to win the Area 1, Region C Championship. The win was the fifth in a row for the 15-5 Warriors, who now move to the area title game against third-ranked Seiling.

The area round will be played at the Stride Center in Enid.

Redlands cagers take early hits in OCAC action


Redlands Community College’s basketball teams have hit a few early snags in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play, dropping three out of four games.

Jay Niehues’ women's team posted the only win, defeating Northern Oklahoma College of Enid 66-61.

The victory came on the heels of a 75-65 loss to Seminole State College.

The split left the Cougars with a 5-1 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the OCAC standings.

Redlands is currently third in the women’s standings behind Eastern Oklahoma (3-0) and NOC Tonkawa (2-0).

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Matmen pin state passes


Delayed twice by weather, the first portion of the Class 5A West Regional Wrestling Championships was completed over the weekend, with El Reno High School leading the team chase.

El Reno wracked up 102.5 points and qualified five wrestlers for the upcoming Oklahoma State High School Wrestling Championships.

The regional was split into two days, with brackets through 145 pounds completed on day one. Piedmont is second in the team race with 99 points, followed by Duncan (95), Guthrie (88) and Carl Albert (86).

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Calumet, OHS split outings


Sophie Vandendriessche knocked down four 3-pointers en route to a team-high 18 points as Okarche High School’s girls basketball team defeated Thomas Fay-Custer 50-45.

The win came in the semifinals of the Class A, Area 1, Region C Winners Bracket and moved the Warriors into the finals against Woodland. Okarche, ranked eighth in the state, is now 14-5 on the season.

The win carried with it an automatic berth in the area round of the postseason for Okarche, now two wins away from a repeat trip to the state tourney.

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Calumet two wins from state; Okarche has long path to walk


Calumet High School’s boys basketball team, ranked fifth in the state, cut its magic number to make the Class A state tournament down to two victories over the weekend with a 67-44 win over Wellston.

The Chieftains moved to 15-0 on the season with the win in the semifinals of the Area 1, Region C Winners Bracket. Calumet was slated to play Thomas Fay-Custer for the regional title.

Jacob Mayfield’s team automatically earned a spot in the area around with the victory.

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El Reno traps win from Bears


El Reno High School’s girls basketball team did what it needed to do to claim the 2021 Suburban Conference title, beating Noble 78-44 to remain undefeated in league play.

However, winter weather and COVID-19 issues have canceled games with Guthrie and Carl Albert, leaving head coach Jennifer Douglas puzzled on who will be crowned champ.

“Have no idea,” said Douglas.

El Reno’s win over Noble lifted the Indians to 5-1 in conference games and 4-0 in those which count toward the league title. Both Carl Albert and Piedmont have a loss each in the title chase.

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Indians conclude tough road schedule with big fourth period, win by 19 points


Concluding a brutal road schedule on a positive note, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team defeated Noble 73-54 to get back to even ground for the season.

El Reno’s 19-point win over the Bears lifted Rodney Haydon’s team to 8-8 on the season and 7-7 in games played away from Jenks Simmons Field House.

Ten of those games on the road slate were against ranked teams.

The win over Noble also lifted El Reno to 3-3 in the Suburban Conference standings and 2-2 in games which count toward the league title.