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Calumet sweeps district titles

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CALUMET – Shooting 42 percent from the 3-point arc, Calumet High School’s boys basketball team scored 20 or more points in each of the first three periods to win the Class A, Area 1, District 8 Championship.

The Chieftains, ranked fifth in Class A, improved to 14-0 on the season with the 81-64 victory over Oklahoma Bible Academy.

Calumet moves into the regional round and will play Wellston in the semifinals of the Winners Bracket C.

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CHS girls find scoring groove, remain on path to face Okarche

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CALUMET – Following a six-point first period, Calumet High School’s girls basketball team found its scoring groove midway in the second period and kept it going for the final 16 minutes.

Calumet outscored Oklahoma Bible Academy 45-28 over the final 20 minutes to win the Class A, Area I, District 8 Championship.

The 56-49 victory over the Trojans lifted Calumet, ranked 15th in the state, to 10-5 on the season. The Chieftains move to the regional round to face Woodland in the Winners C Bracket semifinals.

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Taking the next step

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El Reno High School seniors Kolton Hunt, Raelyn Kouba and Dorian Plumley recently signed national letters of intent to play college sports.

Hunt signed to play football at Northeastern State University, while Kouba will play softball at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid. Plumley signed to play football at the University of Oklahoma.

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Headed down different roads

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While it won’t be following the traditional East/West split, El Reno High School will host two home games for the upcoming Class 5A playoffs.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released playoff brackets for the three largest classifications last week, with El Reno being named one of eight regional host sites for the girls – but on the East side of the 5A bracket.

“I was given the option to go East and I said yes,” said El Reno head coach Jennifer Douglas.

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RCC cagers off to quick start

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No matter the level of college action, every basketball team has to work through early-season hiccups and bonding time between veteran players and incoming freshmen.

Traditionally, those hurdles are cleared long before the month of February, but then there is nothing traditional about the 2021 basketball season for teams under the National Junior College Athletic Association banner.

“It’s totally different, that’s for sure,” said Redlands Community College women’s coach Jay Niehues.

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Cougars high-octane offense results in 7-1 start, nationally-ranked scoring

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While it’s taken three years to install the atmosphere he envisioned for his program, Redlands Community College men’s basketball coach Jose Molina likes what he’s seeing so far both on and off the basketball court.

The Cougars have dodged most of COVID-19 pitfalls through the first three weeks of the season to get in eight games ahead of recent cancellations due to weather issues.

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Tweet turns Plumley’s dream into reality, signs with Sooners

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El Reno senior Dorian Plumley has hung just about every piece of mail received from the University of Oklahoma on his bedroom wall, hoping and wishing to one day become a Sooner.

“Every time I walk into my bedroom, I see all the stuff I have gotten from them over the years and the field passes, but they had not recruited me. Oklahoma has always been one of the top programs in sports and education and I always wanted to be on that level,” said Plumley.

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Quick start puts ER girls into driver’s seat of conference hunt

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Sparked by a 22-3 run in the first period, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team took control of the race for the Suburban Conference title with a 52-40 win over Del City.

The win lifted El Reno, ranked seventh in Class 5A, to 10-4 on the season. The Indians are 3-1 in conference play but moved to 3-0 in games which count toward the championship.

The fast start was paced from the 3-point line as Kenzie Holsted and Sierra Sioux both hit two shots each.

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Indians play Eagles tough in middle periods of 73-52 setback

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While playing Class 6A’s second-ranked Del City close in the middle periods, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team could not match the starting and closing efforts of the Eagles.

Del City outscored El Reno 34-18 in the two book-end periods combined en route to a 73-52 win over the Indians in Suburban Conference action.

The loss dropped El Reno, ranked 14th in Class 5A, to 7-8 on the season and 2-3 in the conference standings.

The Indians are 1-2 in games which count toward the league title.

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EHS matmen pin win over Geary, 60-6

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With six falls and a handful of forfeits, El Reno High School’s wrestling team, ranked sixth in the Class 5A Dual Rankings, defeated Geary last week 60-6 for its sixth straight victory.

El Reno matched its largest winning margin of the season for on-mat matches to improve to 8-1 on the season.

The contest, wrestled in Piedmont as part of a triangular, replaced the Noble match which was lost by a scheduling snafu by the Bears.