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Bye, bye birdies

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NORMAN – Staunch defense and a pair of multi-point runs in the first and fourth periods propelled El Reno High School’s girls basketball team to within one win of a fourth straight trip to state.

El Reno, ranked eighth in the state, defeated No.16 Guthrie for a third time this season 52-28 Thursday night in the semifinals of the Class 5A, Area 2 Consolation Championships.

The Indians improved to 15-11 on the year and move into the consolation title game against No.10 Del City.

The two were slated to play Saturday at Moore High School, with tipoff set for 3 p.m.

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Baseball holds off OCA rally to sweep series

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El Reno High School’s baseball team held off a late-innings rally by Oklahoma Christian Academy for a 5-4 win over the Eagles and a series sweep to kick off the 2020 season. El Reno is now 2-0 on the year after winning its season opener at the Hub Reed Complex with an 8-0 shutout of the Eagles.

“We have been battling the flu and strep the last two weeks but the kids did a good job of piecing things together and playing through not feeling good to get two wins over a good OCA club,” said El Reno head coach Keith Hill.

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Indians place three at state

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OKLAHOMA CITY – After a positive start, El Reno High School’s wrestling team hit a few snags in the middle rounds at the Class 5A Oklahoma State Championships, but rallied to claim one bronze medal and three overall placers.

The Indians, ranked seventh going into state, had five state qualifiers and finished in 11th place in the final team standings with 30 points. El Reno placed higher than 11 other teams including league members Carl Albert, Noble and Shawnee.