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El Reno matmen smother SF St. Bernards, 66-12

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Logging yet another dominant wire-to-wire effort, El Reno High School’s wrestling team rolled to a 66-12 road victory over Santa Fe South last week.

The Indians, ranked sixth in Class 5A, improved to 5-1 in duals and were slated to wrestle this weekend in the Chickasha Invitational.

El Reno never trailed the St. Bernards as Nikko Gonzalez got a forfeit win at 106 pounds, followed by Hunter Yeakey’s (113) 30-second fall over Valeria Jimenez.

COVID-19 dribbling over schedules

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COVID-19 continues to play havoc with the schedules for Canadian County prep basketball teams as two schools lost or had games postponed due to the virus.

El Reno High School’s girls basketball team, ranked eighth in Class 5A, had its game with Class 4A’s 11th-ranked Kingfisher canceled last week. The Indians are 8-4 on the season.

The game was called off after seven players for El Reno were placed into quarantine after an opponent in the recent Shawnee Invitational tested positive for the virus.

Okarche reels off wins; UC Tigers streak halted

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After a tough three-point loss to open a recent tournament, Okarche High School’s boys basketball team has reeled off four straight wins en route to a consolation title in the Coyle Invitational.

The win streak has lifted the unranked Warriors to 8-9 on the season.

Okarche opened the Coyle tourney with a 54-51 loss to Okeene, but rebounded to beat the host team (90-45) and Crescent (50-46) to win the consolation trophy.

El Reno lifters win gold in Dickson

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El Reno High School’s powerlifting team recently competed in the Dickson Invitational, placing six lifters in the top five of their respective weight classes, including four first-place efforts.

Bradley Chavers won the 123-pound division with a total weight of 815 pounds. He logged a squat of 285 pounds, followed by a lift of 205 on the bench and a 325 dead lift. Brother Bradeyn Chavers took gold at 132 pounds with a total weight of 945 pounds. His best lift was 380 pounds in the squat, followed by a 340 dead lift and a 325 bench.

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Crowdless roar

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Delayed months by COVID-19 precautions handed down by the National Junior College Athletic Association, Redlands Community College opened up the 2020-21 basketball season over the weekend inside a bubble.

College administration determined earlier this month no fans would be allowed inside the RCC gymnasium for January.

“It’s a different way to start the season. It’s a lot quieter and the energy is hard to keep up when you don’t have fans to cheer on your team. It’s up to the players to cheer and push themselves,” said RCC Athletic Director Eli Zucksworth.

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Back to state

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When host Ardmore was hit with COVID-19 issues, the 2021 District 5A-4 Championships was eventually moved to El Reno and became a three-team race for a state berth.

After a first-round bye, El Reno High School’s wrestling team, ranked sixth in the state, knocked off 12th-ranked Carl Albert and No.8 Lawton MacArthur to punch a return ticket to the Class 5A Dual State Championships.

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EHS boys end slide with win

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Playing one of the toughest schedules in Class 5A, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team avoided its second three-game losing streak of the season with a 72-45 win over Lawton Eisenhower in the seventh-place game of the Shawnee Invitational.

El Reno, ranked 13th in Class 5A, improved to 6-6 on the season.

The victory came on the heels of a setback to Class 6A’s 16th-ranked Broken Arrow (64-54) and Class 5A’s 20th-ranked Southeast (65-63).

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El Reno rallies for tourney hardware

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Facing a lineup of three ranked teams, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team rallied from an opening-round loss to win the consolation title at the 2021 Shawnee Invitational.

El Reno, ranked seventh in Class 5A, improved to 8-4 on the season after a 59-40 win over Coweta in the consolation finals.

The win over the 10th-ranked (5A) Tigers came on the heels of a 41-31 victory over No.9 Shawnee (5A).

The Indians opened with a 43-36 setback to 5A’s fifth-ranked Ardmore.

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Matmen fourth in CA tourney

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MIDWEST CITY – El Reno High School’s wrestling team faced an uphill battle from its opening-round matches in the 55th Malcolm Wade Invitational as nine of the 16 teams entered appear in the top 15 of the Class 5A poll. El Reno, one of those ranked teams at No.4, battled through the stacked brackets to place eight wrestlers en route to a fourth-place overall finish with 154 points.