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Piedmont wrestlers dominate home invitational

By Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Alex Cardenas of Piedmont pinned all four of his opponents this weekend.

Piedmont’s wrestling team hosted the Piedmont Invitational this past weekend, and they weren’t kind hosts to the competition.

The Wildcats crowned four individual champions, placed 12 wrestlers and won the team championship by more than 50 points over second place Heritage Hall, 245.50-189.50.

Michael Lopez at 126 pounds, Alex Cardenas at 132, Francisco Lopez at 145 and 195-pounder Brody Largent each won individual titles, and Largent was named Most Outstanding Wrestling in the event.

“They all wrestled really well and had tough finals matches,” Piedmont head coach Erik Ford said. Read more →

Chickasha spoils Piedmont’s title hopes in Newcastle

NEWCASTLE — Thursday, a slow start meant nothing for the third-ranked Piedmont girls basketball team. Friday it was a sign of things to come.

Chickasha’s Dominique Golightly put in 21 points and Jackie Ramos hit a clutch three to lead the upset-minded Lady Chicks to a 50-45 win in overtime against Piedmont in the semifinals of the Newcastle Invitational.

Golightly hit a pair of free throws with less than 30 seconds to play in overtime to ice 4A No. 17 Chickasha’s improbable win that sent them on to the tournament finals.

“(Chickasha) really dictated this ball game today,” Hill said. “We can’t win games when we’re not the dictators. We usually throw the first punch, but tonight they did.”

Piedmont, which handed Chickasha a 79-49 defeat in Chickasha Jan. 6, could never gain command on Friday. The Lady Chicks used the one-two punch of Golightly and 6-foot-2 center Taylor Sylvester to gain control in the first half and to seal the game in overtime.

Sylvester and Golightly’s size and length proved to be insurmountable for a smaller Piedmont squad, as Sylvester blocked three Piedmont shots in overtime and Golightly scored four crucial points.

“Size is an issue we have to deal with and learn how to face better,” Hill said. “It’s something we’re going to have to improve on.”

The Lady Wildcats trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, but battled back to tie the game at 32 on a Hayden Priddy free throw with 1:16 to play in regulation. Piedmont had the final possession of regulation, but Bre Reid missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer that sent the game to overtime even at 32.

Piedmont struck first in the opening minute of the extra period on a 3-pointer from Reid, but the Lady ‘Cats scored just two more points the rest of the way.

Ramos buried a 3-pointer to tie the score and Golightly gave the Lady Chicks the lead for good two possessions later.

“Give it up to Chickasha, they’re a good team” Piedmont head coach Jamie Hill said. “I don’t think we were ready to play today, mentally.”

The Sylvester-Golightly duo combined for all 17 of Chickasha’s points in the first half and gave CHS a 17-10 lead at half.

Priddy scored 11 to lead Piedmont, including eight points in the fourth quarter and overtime. No other Lady Wildcat reached double figures.

Boys
Blanchard 58, Piedmont 46
Blanchard’s Coy Hacker put in 22 points and Aaron Brooks added 14 to push Blanchard past Piedmont 58-46 in the consolation bracket of the Newcastle Invitational Friday.

Hacker and Brooks sparked a 21-13 third quarter-run that took Blanchard from down one at half to up seven heading to the fourth quarter.

“One of our kids said after the game, ‘coach, we don’t know how to win yet,” Piedmont head coach Troy Lallemand said. “That’s probably a fair statement.“

A Brooks 3-pointer gave Blanchard its widest margin of 11, 50-39, with 4:46 to play, but Piedmont answered with a pair of 3-pointers from Brant Ranney to pull within five. The Wildcats got within four, but could never claw closer.

“We haven’t found confidence yet when we’re down late in tough situations,” Lallemand said. “It’s part of learning. You just have to fight and keep plugging away.”

Other than a late flurry of 3-pointers, the Wildcats never found a rhythm against the Lions’ 2-3 zone defense.

“It’s amazing because we have good shooters,” Lallemand said of his team’s struggles against the zone. “We don’t see zone as often and I don’t think we’ve quite found our comfort zone against zone yet.”

Adokiye Iyaye scored 13 to lead Piedmont. Ranney had 10. Piedmont plays Saturday at 11:30.

Piedmont Hall of Fame adds Judge Strubhar

Judge Strubhar

Judge Strubhar expresses her gratitude Saturday after it was announced at the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Auction that she had been selected for inclusion in the Piedmont Hall of Fame.

By Roger Pugh
Publisher

Judge Reta Strubhar, the first woman judge to sit on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals since statehood, became the newest member of the Piedmont Hall of Fame when she was inducted Saturday during the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet.

Hall of Fame member Judge Ken Dickerson, who served five years with Judge Strubhar on the bench in the Canadian County District Court, introduced Judge Strubhar and announced her selection to the Hall during the festivities Saturday.

Dickerson noted that when the two of them were on the bench, Piedmont was home to half the judges in the county.

During her remarks Saturday, Strubhar said that before Dickerson came to the bench she had an office and secretary all to herself. However, she explained when Dickerson arrived, she and the new judge had to share her office and the services of her secretary.

She quipped that in no time, in typical Dickerson fashion, Dickerson took it upon himself to fire her secretary. Read more →

Canadian County Commissioners rescind Feb. 10 special election

Roger Pugh
Publisher

Following a recent court ruling over funding for the Gary E. Miller Juvenile Justice Center, Canadian County Commissioners decided last week to rescind a special election they had set for Feb. 10 to change how a tax approved by voters in 1996 is appropriated.

The juvenile center was built and has since paid salaries and programs with funds from a 1996 .35 percent of once-cent sales tax approved by Canadian County voters in 1996.

However, a state attorney general’s opinion issued last fall said the center could not use that tax to pay salaries and programs.

Since that opinion came down, the commissioners stopped using the tax to fund the center and have funded it, for the most part, with the County Use Tax and with contracts the center has in force with the state.

Commissioners later came up with a proposal to appropriate 86 percent of the funds generated by the tax to the center, and use the other 14 percent of the tax for either the center or other county projects.

The commissioner had set the Feb. 10 special election to send the proposal to the voters for approval. Read more →

Piedmont police quickly nab suspect in robbery

It took Piedmont police less than five minutes Saturday to capture the suspected robber in the robbery of narcotics from Piedmont Pharmacy & Gifts.

Piedmont Police Chief Scott Singer said the crime occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday when the suspect gave personnel at the pharmacy a note demanding hydrocodone.

The bandit was dressed in a red “hoodie” and wearing a plastic bag over his head, police said.

According to police, he indicated he was armed with a gun and would shoot, and store employees, fearing the robber was armed, gave him two large bottles of hydrocodone.

The robber fled the store on foot and as he fled, the pharmacist on duty notified police, giving a detailed description of the suspect.

The alleged bandit did not notice as he made his escape that Piedmont Police Sgt. Brian Dawson and Officer Travis Salkil were watching from across the street from the pharmacy, located just east of Piedmont Road in the medical complex north of F&M Bank. Read more →

Williamson to seek re-election to council

Bobby Williamson

By Roger Pugh
Publisher

Incumbent Ward Two City Councilman Bobby Williams announced Tuesday he will seek reelection to the seat he first took 18 months ago in a special election.

Williams, owner of Piedmont Glass, came to office in a recall election when he defeated Vernon Woods, the councilman being recalled and another opponent. Williamson took 56 percent of the vote in that election.

He said he feels the council, after a long period of bickering and division before he came on board, is now on the right track and getting things done for citizens.

He said water and roads are the biggest issues facing Piedmont and he wants to help find solutions to those issues. Read more →

Piedmont uses 43-2 run, hammers Woodward, 61-20

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

NEWCASTLE — Woodward’s energy and activity was better than Piedmont’s for a quarter Thursday in Newcastle.

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Piedmont’s Hayden Priddy shoots over Woodward’s Devre Newby Thursday in Newcastle.

But the third-ranked Lady Wildcats flipped a switch, went on a 43-2 run that spanned two quarters, and routed the Lady Boomers 61-20 in the opening round of the Newcastle Invitational.

Mina Iyaye scored 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the first half to lead all scorers and Hayden Priddy added 11 for Piedmont, who’ll face Chickasha Friday at 4 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.

“It’s nice coming into a tournament, especially a pretty good tournament like this one, to kill a team the very first game,” Priddy said. Read more →

Piedmont opens Newcastle Invitational tonight

Fresh off last Friday’s sweep over Shawnee, the Piedmont basketball teams turn their attention to the final regular season tournament of the year.

Piedmont’s girls and boys team open the Otho ‘Sweet Pea’ Curtis Newcastle Invitational today, with the boys tipping off against the host Racers at 5:30 p.m., with the Lady Wildcats to follow versus Woodward at 7.

Class 4A No. 16 Newcastle enters the game off a 72-44 loss at No. 8 Tuttle, but holds wins over 6A Ponca City and 4A No. 17 Kingfisher. Read more →

Bailey nets career-high 22 in Piedmont win

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Trevor Bailey tries to score in traffic Friday night against Shawnee.

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont head coach Troy Lallemand had a feeling Trevor Bailey was in for a good night Friday.

Turns out he was right.

Bailey poured in a season and career-high 22 points to lead Piedmont past 5A No. 16 Shawnee 70-63 at Collett Fieldhouse for the Wildcats’ third straight win.

“I was being aggressive tonight, taking it to the hole, and I felt comfortable pulling up from the 3-point line,” Bailey said.

Bailey helped seal Piedmont’s win by hitting clutch free throws in the final quarter after Shawnee cut a 12-point deficit to one with 2:20 to play. On the next Piedmont possession, Bailey drove into the lane, drew a foul, and hit two free shots. His free shots were part of a 12-of-14 effort from the line in the quarter. Bailey also hit a trio of threes in the game.  Read more →

Quinn, Bricker spark Piedmont to win over Guthrie

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Addaryl Quinn dribbles as Guthrie’s Ja’Lyn Morgan defends him during Piedmont’s 68-53 Tuesday at Collett Fieldhouse.

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Freshman Adokiye Iyaye scored 18 points and Addaryl Quinn added 17 more to push Piedmont past Guthrie 68-53 Tuesday night at Collett Fieldhouse.

But a pair of blocks from 6-foot-5 forward Christian Bricker in the first half that helped spark a fast-break layup for PHS, might have meant as much to the Wildcats.

“Those two blocks were just complete momentum changers,” Piedmont head coach Troy Lallemand said. “He’s our only shot-blocker, and we tell just to go get shots. That was huge tonight.”

Bricker’s blocks were the exclamation point in an 11-2 Piedmont (4-9) run that took a 10-10 game after a quarter to an 11-point halftime lead for Piedmont. Brant Ranney made a 3-pointer as time expired on the first half to stretch the lead to doubles figures. Read more →

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