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West picked for 2020 Hall of Fame class


Aaron West knew he would have big shoes to fill when he was named head coach of Okarche High School’s boys basketball team, but he also knew he had learned under the best possible mentor – his father.

“He gave me the freedom to run what I wanted to do as an assistant coach and there are not a lot of head coaches around that would do that.

“Not a lot of people get to spend that much time with their dads. Now that he is gone, I look back at all the stuff he taught me and I realize it was an enjoyable time,” said West.

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Spring sports in hybernation


Brice Hill has been eagerly awaiting his senior season at El Reno High School after losing his junior year while going through rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery on his shoulder.

After the first five games of the Indians 2020 season, Hill looked well on his way to having a stellar final campaign in an Indians uniform.

“Everything is starting to click and was coming back,” said Hill.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a save and a zero earned run average over 11 2/3 innings. Seventeen batters have been retired by strikeouts against five walks.

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Indians out

boys basketball team exited the Class 5A playoffs with a 53-46 loss to Shawnee in the Area 2 Consolation Championship. The Indians were 13-14 on the year and ranked No.13 in the state.

Fishing report


Lake Elevation: Normal
Water Temp and Clarity: 49 and stained
Catfish, Blue Action: Fair
Baits: Shad
Locations: Channels
Crappie, White Action: Fair
Baits: Jigs, Minnows
Locations: Docks
Bass, Largemouth Action: Fair
Baits: Plastics
Locations: Flats

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Simon resigns


After three seasons, the help-wanted sign is back out for the El Reno High School boys basketball program.

Kale Simon handed in his letter of resignation last week for his coaching duties only, and will stay on as assistant principal at Roblyer Learning Center, said El Reno Superintendent Craig McVay.

“His resignation will be voted on at the April school board meeting,” said McVay.

El Reno Athletic Director Rodney Haydon said Simon’s decision caught him off-guard. Simon was his top choice to replace him as the Indians coach at the end of the 2016-17 season.