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El Reno, Calumet harriers among hundreds in Watonga

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El Reno High School’s cross country team recently took part in the 2020 Watonga Invitational for the second meet of the season.

In the high school boys division, El Reno was led by Wyatt Mehan posting a 73rd-place finish with a time of 17 minutes and six seconds over the 4,000-meter course – or 2.48 miles.

Matthew Chaffee crossed the finish line with a time of 17:30 to take 87th place, followed by Cole Strong (97th) with a time of 17:56. The fourth runner for the Indians was Justin Anderson (152nd) with a 26:55 effort.

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Rain, rain go away

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El Reno High School’s softball team had games with Carl Albert and Guthrie canceled by rain last week. The game with the Titans will be made up Sept. 24 in Midwest City.

The Indians still remain a solid hitting team with a combined .366 team batting average. El Reno has logged 136 hits including two triples, 10 home runs and 20 doubles.

 

Union City wins tourney; Calumet misses upset bid

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Brayden Dennings threw a one-hit shutout as Union City High School’s baseball team won the 2020 Mulhall-Orlando Invitational with a three-game sweep.

The shutout came in a 10-0 decision over Glencoe in the finals, on the heels of victories over Cimarron (15-3) and Shidler (6-1). The Tigers are 8-2 on the season.

Dennings threw four complete innings, allowing the hit and two walks against four strikeouts.

Calumet logs hits; UCHS win streak out

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Fueled by 26 hits over a two-game span, Calumet High School’s softball team moved to 8-5 on the season with wins over Dover and Fargo.

Calumet defeated the Longhorns 11-4 before logging a 4-3 win over Fargo, which sports players from Gage and Fort Supply.

The Chieftains posted 20 hits in the win over Dover and hit for the cycle. McKinley Stilley had two doubles, followed by one each from Tina Ortiz, Abby Nitzel and Presley Stilley.

Allie Harris had a triple and Nitzel added a home run.

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New highway rivalry

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With Chickasha bowing out of one of the oldest rivalries in the state, El Reno High School’s non-district football schedule will look a little different in 2020 – except for one mainstay.

El Reno hits the road for the first time Friday night for a short hop up Northwest Expressway to play Piedmont. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

“The guys there have got a good program and they have got a lot of kids. We went up there last year and beat them and then they beat us in the playoffs so it’s become a rivalry and that’s a good thing.

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El Reno wins OT thriller over Cache, 42-35

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What looked to be a blowout at the start of the third period turned out to be an overtime thriller as El Reno High School’s football team defeated Class 4A's Cache 42-35 to kick off the 2020 season.

El Reno junior Kade Mayo picked off a pass from Bulldogs’ quarterback Hunter Glenn on Cache's first play of overtime to seal the win for the Indians.

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Spikers sweep Eagles

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Fresh off a win in the Cache tournament, El Reno High School’s volleyball team celebrated its first state ranking of the 2020 season last week with a 3-0 win over Hennessey.

El Reno, which debuted in the Class 5A rankings at No.4 - the highest ever ranking under head coach Kristen Koehler - ousted the Eagles inside the Jenks Simmons Annex by scores of 25-11/25-6/25-9.

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ER chains Bernards in twinbill

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El Reno High School’s softball team jumped back into the win column last week with a doubleheader sweep of Santa Fe South in District 5A-1 play at the Adams Park North complex.

The Indians improved to 5-4 on the season with victories of 17-1 and 18-1 over the St. Bernards. The sweep lifted El Reno to 4-1 in the league standings and into third place behind Lawton Eisenhower (5-0) and Carl Albert (2-0).

Indians open XC season

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El Reno High School’s cross country team kicked off the 2020 season recently at the Weatherford Sand Plum Invitational.

In the girls division, running the mile course at Radar Park, Alexis Lively took 78th place with a time of eight minutes and 22 seconds. Kaylee Pawnee crossed the finish line in 84th place with a time of 10:39.

The boys division ran the two-mile course, with Jacob Long leading the charge for El Reno with a 41st-place effort in a time of 12:37. Wyatt Mehan posted a time of 14:27 to take 72nd, while Matthew Chaffee was two spots back with a time of 14:31.