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Calumet wins title, remains undefeated; Okarche loses tourney consolation game

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Doubling up their opponent in scoring in the championship game, Calumet High School’s boys basketball team won its second tournament of the season with a 84-42 blowout of Stratford.

The 42-point victory gave Calumet, ranked fifth in Class A, the Alex Longhorn Classic title for a fourth straight season.

Calumet won the three games of the tourney by an average of 32 points after beating Cement (18th/B) 87-44 and Alex (18th/A) 51-39 en route to the finals.

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Okarche repeats Three Rivers title; Calumet girls third in ALC

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For a sixth straight year, Okarche High School’s girls basketball team asserted itself as one of the top teams in the Three Rivers Conference, defending its tournament title with a 52-29 win over Fairview.

The Warriors have placed no worse than third over the six-year span, while finishing runner-up three times before taking the 2020 title. En route to the 2021 championship, Okarche defeated Oklahoma Bible Academy (62-32) and Watonga (58-54) before the 23-point blowout over FHS.

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Indians drop top 10 battle

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El Reno High School’s boys basketball team, ranked ninth in the state, came up on the short end of a 91-72 contest against Lawton MacArthur in the first of two meetings between the top 10 Class 5A powerhouses.

The Highlanders, ranked second in the latest poll, handed El Reno the 19-point loss in the finals of the 2021 Anadarko Warriors Classic. The Indians went 2-1 for the tournament to lift their season record to 4-2.

The two teams are set to play again Thursday night in Lawton for a non-conference game.

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ER girls bounce back to take third

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Pushing four players into double-digit scoring, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team rebounded from a semifinal loss to defeat Millwood 74-54 in the third-place game of the 2021 Anadarko Warriors Classic.

The win over the Falcons, ranked fifth in Class 3A, lifted El Reno to 2-1 for its first tournament outing of the season. The Indians, ranked ninth in Class 5A, improved to 4-2 on the season.

El Reno’s 74 points in the third-place game was a season high and was spearheaded by a 16-point effort from freshman Pauline Black-Harmon.

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Matmen earn close victory over Bluejays

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Despite giving up three of the final four weights, El Reno High School’s wrestling team posted a wire-to-wire road win over Guthrie to remain undefeated on the season.

El Reno’s 42-39 win over the Bluejays lifted the Indians, ranked sixth in Class 5A’s dual team rankings, to 2-0 on the season.

Tyrone Lewis’ team is ranked fourth in the state in the tournament team rankings.

The Indians got off to a fast start as Hunter Yeakey pinned Klaribel Kirk (2:42) at 106 pounds.

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Matmen dominate dual opener

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El Reno High School’s wrestling team, ranked fourth in Class 5A, dominated Weatherford in its first dual match of the 2020-21 season – posting a 48-27 win over the Eagles.

Tyrone Lewis’ team lost just two matches on the mat to the Eagles, ranked seventh in Class 4A. Eighteen of the 27 points allowed to Weatherford came on forfeits at 106, 113 and heavyweight.

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El Reno girls down SHS for first Suburban victory

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Jumping back into the win column with a vengeance, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team defeated 13th-ranked Shawnee last week 46-22 for its first Suburban Conference win.

El Reno, ranked ninth in the same Class 5A poll, improved to 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in the league standings. The win over the Wolves counts toward the conference title since it’s the only slated head-to-head meeting in league action.

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Perimeter shooting, FTs hurt Indians in road loss to Wolves

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El Reno High School’s boys basketball team kicked off a four-game road swing on a sour note, losing a Class 5A top 10 battle with fifth-ranked Shawnee 57-46 in Suburban Conference action. The loss dropped El Reno, ranked ninth in the state, to 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in the league standings.

Like the EHS girls, the loss does count toward the Suburban Conference title.

Chieftains remain undefeated; UCHS suspends games

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Despite a three-week break, Calumet High School’s boys basketball team played well according to head coach Jacob Mayfield in the Chieftains first game of the new year.

Calumet, ranked fifth in Class A, remains undefeated with a 95-41 win over Lookeba-Sickles. The Chieftains improved to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Washita Valley Conference standings.

The Chieftains shot 60 percent from the field in the 55-point blowout, hitting 27-of-37 shots from inside the arc (71 percent). The team was 9-of-23 from the perimeter (39 percent).

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El Reno faces hard row to hoe

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Facing a tough schedule is nothing new to El Reno High School’s boys basketball program, but even veteran skipper Rodney Haydon shakes his head in disbelief at the path ahead.

“I’ve been trying to tell people that the schedule is ridiculous, but the kids are excited and the coaches are excited too. Looking at the schedule and who we will be matching up against in the tournaments, it will be tough.

“Yet, if we are as good as we think we are, this will help us get ready for the playoffs,” said Haydon.