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.
El Reno High School senior Kayla Jones admits she had never played against someone as tall as Oklahoma City Storm post player Haylee Webber – a 6-5 senior for the home-school program.
“Whenever she blocked my first shot, I told myself I was not going to go back in there. I’ve never played against someone that big, not that huge,” said Jones.
So how did El Reno combat Webber, who ended the game with eight rebounds and four blocked shots? The Indians used their best asset - quickness.
There were a lot of what ifs emerging from El Reno High School’s boys basketball team's 44-39 loss to the Oklahoma City Storm to close out the regular season.
What if El Reno had not given up a 13-0 run to start the game? What if the Storm, a home-school program, had not played a game of backyard keep-away for over four minutes of the second half?
Despite those two hurdles, El Reno clawed back into the contest and had a chance to not only take the lead late in the fourth quarter but also pull out a victory.