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Piedmont girls beat Tahlequah for Bethany Classic title

Blake Colston

BETHANY – Piedmont didn’t make a singular play down the stretch of Monday night’s Bethany Classic girls championship game to beat Tahlequah.

Blake Colston/Gazette Taylor Clowers of Piedmont, left, tries to drive around Tahlequah's Alyson Hart Monday night in Bethany.

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Taylor Clowers of Piedmont, left, tries to drive around Tahlequah’s Alyson Hart Monday night in Bethany.

The Lady Wildcats made them all.

Hannah Reasoner put home a layup off a steal with less than 15 seconds to play to take away Tahlequah’s last chance to tie the game and sealed a 12-2 run down the stretch in No. 5 Piedmont’s 49-45 win.

“It really boiled down to the girls stepping up,” head coach Jordan Stark said. “They did a really good job of sticking to the gameplan.”

Maci Attalla led Piedmont with 17 points and McKenna Kirkpatrick added 11 as the Lady Wildcats improved to 8-1 while taking home the title. Attalla was Piedmont’s go-to weapon in the paint, especially in the first half when she scored 13 points.

“Maci did a great job. I don’t even know if she can play that well again, but I hope she can,” Stark said. “She did this a little bit last year. She was timid and apprehensive to start then all of a sudden something clicks and she goes beast mode and nothing can stop her. She’s one of the strongest girls on the team.”

Attalla said she had a feeling it was going to be a good night when she made her first basket and was sure it was when she lost control of a shot along the baseline that slipped out of her hand and banked in from a difficult angle during the third quarter.

“I’m not really sure how that went it, but I meant to do that,” she said sarcastically. Read more →

Piedmont’s Hampton to take field at Cotton Bowl Monday

Blake Colston

ARLINGTON, Texas — Monday’s Cotton Bowl Classic between Big 10 Power Wisconsin (10-3) and unbeaten upstart Western Michigan (13-0) set to air on ESPN at noon local time will feature a special local connection.

Blake Colston/Gazette Butch Hampton addresses a crowd at a signing ceremony in Piedmont.

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Butch Hampton addresses a crowd at a signing ceremony in Piedmont.

Piedmont native Butch Hampton will handle all the placekicking duties for Western Michigan and could play a big role in helping the Broncos, who are 7 1/2 point underdogs to the Badgers, pull the upset of bowl season.

Hampton will become the first Piedmont alum to play in a New Years Day or later bowl game.

Per team policy, Western Michigan freshmen football players weren’t allowed to speak to the media all season, so no one had heard from Hampton in an official capacity since he left for Kalamazoo last spring.

Saturday, Hampton talked to the media for the first time during Cotton Bowl Media Day. He spoke about the process of transforming from a player that was rarely relied upon in crucial situations in high school games to one that had to make kicks to keep an undefeated season alive, and the unusual steps Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck has taken to prepare him to kick under pressure. Read about those here. 

“Coming in was terrifying, I was very nervous,” Hampton told mlive.com. “I was moving away from my home, away from my family and to be honest I had never kicked in a game where it actually, truly mattered — where I could affect the outcome of it.

“So to come into a team that’s expected to do great things this year and expected to start as a true freshman, it was very intimidating to me. I think that’s why it was so important, at the time I might not have understood it, but the things coach Fleck put me through, in hindsight I can see how those have probably been the most influential things my freshman year.”

His kicking exploits this season are well known around Piedmont by now, but bare repeating. Hampton has made 18 of 23 field goals with a long of 47 yards in the season opener at Northwestern and has also hit 70 of his 71 extra-point tries.

It’s fair to say Western might not be in this position without Hampton, as a single loss would’ve knocked them out of New Year’s Six Bowl contention.

In the Broncos’ Mid American Conference Championship game win over Ohio, he made five field goals and both of his PAT attempts en route to being named Special Teams Player of the Game in a 29-23 victory. That game clinched a Cotton Bowl Berth. He also made 3 of 4 field goals in a 22-21 win at Big 10 foe Northwestern in September.

“Coach challenged him in the summertime, and he’s just responded all year,” Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell said to mlive.com after the MAC Championship game. “There’s been some scenarios here and there where we kind of felt like he was losing his confidence a little bit, but he stepped up huge.”

Hampton was rated a 5-star kicker coming out of Piedmont, according to Chris Sailer Kicking, a website specializing in evaluating potential college kickers, punters and long snappers. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Army recruited him as a walk-on, but Hampton stuck by a year-long commitment to the Broncos.

“I know coach Fleck and I feel like a word is as good as a signature to him,” Hampton said. “I knew that he wasn’t going to take away my offer and I wasn’t going to take away my commitment from him so, it worked out for me, that’s for sure.”

He graduated high school early to join Western Michigan’s squad for spring practice to compete for the starting job. He won it by the fall and hasn’t looked back since.

“One thing about him is that he is an incredible competitor,” Fleck said. “He’s one of those guys who understands what he does wrong if it’s wrong and he understand what he does right when it’s right.

“He has an incredible feel for his kicking mechanics.”

Monday afternoon at Jerry World against No. 8 Wisconsin, Hampton will kick in front of a crowd expected to top 70,000, on the biggest stage of his young career. But he’s ready.

“The best feeling that I get when I go out there is knowing I can do my job regardless of the situation because I’ve been through more difficult situations,” Hampton said.

Piedmont wins at No. 7 Carl Albert

Blake Colston

MIDWEST CITY – This time it was different.

Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont's Kish Chandler drives to the basket Tuesday night in the Wildcats' win over Carl Albert.

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Piedmont’s Kish Chandler drives to the basket Tuesday night in the Wildcats’ win over Carl Albert.

Piedmont made all the plays down the stretch and pulled away for a 66-52 win at seventh-ranked Carl Albert Tuesday night behind a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds from Maddie Sperle. The win helped PHS rebound from a home loss to fourth-ranked Shawnee in another early season Top 10 matchup.

The No. 8 Lady Wildcats improved to 3-1 overall and scored a major early season road victory against a traditional Class 5A power. They did it with execution down the stretch on both ends.

“They followed the gameplan, they ran the plays, they finished their shots and if they got fouled they made their free throws,” head coach Jordan Stark said. “That, to me, was the difference in the game.”

Piedmont led by nine at half, 31-22, but a quick spurt from Carl Albert led by a 3-point barrage from Charissa Price pulled the Titans even at 38 with 2:22 to play in the third quarter. The Lady Wildcats scored the final four points of the quarter capped by a Taylor Clowers hoop in the lane and never lost the lead again.

Mostly because Carl Albert never found a way to slow down Sperle. The SWOSU signee hit three 3-pointers, made 11 free throws – including five clutch makes in the final minutes – scored off the dribble and in the paint. Sperle and senior guard Hannah Reasoner each hit 3-pointers in a 14-5 Piedmont run that spanned from late in the third to early in the fourth.

“That’s the beauty of our team. We have girls that can pretty much do anything,” Stark said. “We’re extremely versatile and we want to use that to our advantage.”

Reasoner chipped in with 15 and Kish Chandler, Piedmont’s steady senior point guard, added 12. Price scored 15 for Carl Albert (4-3).

After Piedmont’s 44-40 home loss to No. 4 Shawnee, in which PHS didn’t make the plays when it counted, Stark was pleased to see her team’s turnaround in the fourth quarter Tuesday.

“I think the weaknesses we showed against Shawnee, we overcame those tonight,” Stark said.

Carl Albert 81, Piedmont 57

Piedmont hung with top-ranked Carl Albert for a half, trailing just 31-19 at the break, but the Titans pulled away in the second half to keep the Wildcats winless on the year.

Trey Hopkins scored 25 points for CAHS to lead all scorers. Mason Harrell added 21 for the Titans, who improved to 4-0 with the win.

Hunter Oden scored 11 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to pace Piedmont. Sophomore Rylan McDaniel had 10.

Piedmont trailed 22-7 after a quarter, but sliced into Carl Albert’s lead in the second period and was behind by only 12 at intermission. Carl Albert answered by outscoring Piedmont 30-11 to start the second half, though and led by as many as 33. PHS continued the back and forth by winning the fourth quarter, 27-21.

Piedmont edges El Reno on Attalla’s buzzer-beater

Blake Colston

El Reno owned the offensive glass in its season-opening matchup with Piedmont, but when the Lady Wildcats needed a rebound most, they got one.

Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont celebrates after Maci Attalla's game-winner Tuesday. Attalla, second from right, scored six points.

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Piedmont celebrates after Maci Attalla’s game-winner Tuesday. Attalla, second from right, scored six points.

Maci Attalla gathered in a rebound off a Maddie Sperle miss with 1.2 seconds left and put a shot in off the glass as the horn sounded to give Piedmont a 51-49 victory over the Indians Tuesday night at Collett Fieldhouse.

The 13th-ranked Lady Wildcats (1-0) led for the entire first half, but El Reno grabbed a 43-42 lead on a 3-pointer from Rachelle Roman Nose with 6:42 to play in the third quarter. From there, the game see-sawed back-and-forth until the final minute when Maddie Sperle evened the game at 49 with a layup with 0:18 left in regulation.

No. 11 El Reno (0-1) seemed poised to take the final shot, but threw the ball away, opening the door for Attalla’s heroics.

Attalla finished with six points, nine rebounds, and the most important basket of the game. Millwood transfer Kish Chandler led Piedmont with 16 points. McKenna Kirkpatrick added nine points, all on 3-pointers, to go with seven rebounds. Hannah Reasoner also scored nine.  Read more →

Local mom claims Piedmont schools violating federal law

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James White

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Melanie Berry

By Tim Farley
News Editor
Melanie Berry wants Piedmont school officials to do their job and help her teenage son with problems stemming from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

After years of dealing with the district’s Special Services Director Lynda White and Superintendent James White, Berry was fed up with the lack of action regarding her son and daughter, both of whom require special services for their educational disabilities.

In June, Berry filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging Piedmont school administrators discriminated against her eighth-grade son because of his disability. Berry claims her son’s ADHD “substantially limits his ability to concentrate, think and communicate.”

Superintendent White said the district has not received official notification of a civil rights complaint.

Berry’s son is intelligent and has a high IQ. He’s enrolled in Advanced Placement classes and scores high on tests. He’s also been on the Academic Team since fourth grade.

“His working memory is at the top of the charts, but his processing speed is at the bottom of the charts,” Berry said. “His brain is working so fast he can retain it all, but then he tries to write it out and the brakes go on.” Read more →

Report cards show progress

Piedmont School's report card

By Tim Farley
News Editor
Piedmont Superintendent James White doesn’t put much faith in state-issued report cards for individual schools.

It’s not because the high school dropped from an A to a B or that Piedmont Elementary went from an A to a B+. In fact, there were mixed results this year with Stone Ridge Elementary elevating its grade slightly while others like Piedmont Intermediate remained steady.

“We’re about in line with what it’s been in past years,” White said. “It’s really hard to put much stock in them because of how they’re adjusted from year to year. They’re nice grades to get but it’s not necessarily any goals we’ve set.”

Instead, Piedmont school officials would rather focus on graduation rates, attendance figures and ACT scores.

“We can monitor each of those every year and see if we improved or not,” White said.

School officials also like to brag about national honors such as the Blue Ribbon Award received recently by Northwood Elementary as one of the top schools in the country. White, school principal Lisa Campbell and four teachers traveled to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to accept the award. Read more →

Ardmore’s big plays push it past Piedmont in first round of playoffs

Blake Colston

ARDMORE – Fourth-ranked Ardmore threw two passes Friday night. One was intercepted and another was incomplete.

Photo by Holly Cowden Jacob Storts recovers an Ardmore fumble in the second half Friday night.

Photo by Holly Cowden
Jacob Storts recovers an Ardmore fumble in the second half Friday night.

It was what the Tigers did the rest of the time that made the difference. Ardmore’s option attack totaled 397 yards on 44 carries and Jordan Roberts, the star of night, scored three touchdowns in a 35-0 first-round playoff win over Piedmont at Noble Stadium.

Ardmore (9-2, 6-1) advances to play at top-seeded Tulsa Bishop Kelley Friday while Piedmont’s season comes to an end at 6-5 overall.

“They’re very methodical and disciplined and they execute extremely well,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said of the Tigers’ keys to victory. “We knew trying to defend this offense was going to be a challenge and it was.”

Roberts, who flashed brilliant speed on each of his big plays, gathered in an option pitch and sprinted 52 yards untouched for Ardmore’s first touchdown of the game. He added a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 34-yard interception return for a score to put the game on ice in the fourth quarter.

It’s what Ardmore head coach Josh Newby has gotten accustomed to from the 6-foot-1, 171-pound senior. Roberts credited his coaches for putting him in the right spots to make the big plays Friday night.

“Coach had great play-calling and put me in best position to get into the end zone,” Roberts said. “I just made the right cuts and made the right moves that I needed to.”

It wasn’t just Roberts, though. Chantz Scurry capped off a 29-yard scoring drive from Ardmore with a 2-yard plunge up the middle to give the Tigers a 21-0 lead with 0:21 left in the third quarter. Scurry carried 18 times for 160 yards and two scores to compliment Roberts’ six carries for 82 yards. Kobe Pickens had nine carries for 97 yards.

“It’s not one, it’s three or four guys who rack up the yards,” Gossen said. “You have to defend all of them on every single play and that makes it tough.”

Highlights were few and far between for Piedmont, which gained only one yard in the second half. Tanner Knight picked off an Anthony Kimmons pass at the Piedmont 12-yard line to snuff out a Tiger scoring opportunity late in the first half, and Jacob Storts returned a Tiger fumble 21 yards late in the fourth quarter.

Still, Piedmont had a potentially program-building season that ended with consecutive losses to Top 5 teams, but was otherwise stellar.

“The teams in the future at Piedmont have a lot to look up to,” Gossen said. “These guys set a standard that’s very high and you can’t ask for more than that.”

Three things to watch: Piedmont at Ardmore

Blake Colston

Trick plays: Piedmont hasn’t run any fake kicks this year, or trick plays for that matter. That could change tonight. The Wildcats have several different formations and trick plays in the gameplan this week. When, or if, they choose to use them could go a long ways in determining if PHS can pull the upset.

Photo by Holly Cowden Landon White carries the ball in Piedmont's loss at Noble Friday night.

Photo by Holly Cowden
Landon White carries the ball in Piedmont’s loss at Noble Friday night.

Blocking Tyrecce Lott: Though they’ve already played Carl Albert and Bishop McGuinness, Ardmore defensive lineman Tyreece Lott could be the Piedmont offensive line’s biggest challenge yet this season. At 6-foot-3, 270 pounds, Lott is a difference maker who just received a scholarship offer from the University of Kansas. First things first on each play: Block No. 70.

The Wildcats’ mindset: Throughout the week, Piedmont’s players and coaches have said all the right things about not being satisfied with just making the playoffs for the first time since 2011. But it would only be natural for the team to breathe a sigh of relief with the accomplishment. If they do, that won’t bode well for their upset chances. But if they stay focused like they’ve been all season – look out.

Wildcats not satisfied with playoff berth, they want more

Blake Colston

Piedmont could already be so satisfied that it’s qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2011, that it’s first round game at Ardmore on Friday night at 7:30 takes a backseat to the accomplishment.

Photo by Hugh Scott Piedmont's Bryson Ensminger, left, jumps to deflect a pass intended for Rubell Goe of Bishop McGuinness.

Photo by Hugh Scott
Piedmont’s Bryson Ensminger, left, jumps to deflect a pass intended for Rubell Goe of Bishop McGuinness.

That mindset wouldn’t bode well for the third-seeded Wildcats’ chances to spring an upset, but wouldn’t be completely unexpected considering most preseason predictions had Piedmont watching the playoffs from home.

Senior receiver Parker Smith says that Wildcat-backers have nothing to worry about, though and that Piedmont’s focus is 100 percent on beating the Tigers.

“What’s the point of playing one extra game in a season if it doesn’t mean anything,” Smith asked. “This is about being able to show our community that we’re playing for something more than just ourselves.”

Piedmont (6-4, 5-2) enters the game on a two-game losing streak after losses to third-ranked Carl Albert (49-21) and No. 2 Bishop McGuinness (21-0) with a district title on the line, but doesn’t necessarily feel like it has lost momentum. If anything, head coach Drew Gossen said, his team feels as prepared as ever to win important games because it’s played in so many already.

“Every game has been a big game and every game has been against a quality opponent,” he said, “so it’s just like it escalates into this. From here on out they just keep getting bigger and bigger.”

Ardmore (8-2, 6-1) played for a district title down the stretch as well and had the title within its grasps in a 28-27 loss to Lawton MacArthur that Ardmore led in the fourth quarter. The Tigers had won six in a row before the loss. Read more →

Bishop McGuinness beats Piedmont in regular season finale

Blake Colston

Highly touted receiver Rubell Goe caught 10 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns to help lead second-ranked Bishop McGuinness past Piedmont 21-0 in both team’s regular season finale Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.

Photo by Holly Cowden Easton Hensley tries to reel in a pass over a pair of Bishop McGuinness defenders.

Photo by Holly Cowden
Easton Hensley tries to reel in a pass over a pair of Bishop McGuinness defenders.

In a game dominated by defense, the Wildcats were limited to just 130 total yards. Goe’s yards accounted for almost half of the Irish’s 282 total yards.

Piedmont, (6-4, 5-2) seemed to be just a fraction off from making key plays all night. Landon White ran for for 74 yards on 22 carries, but was one tackle away from breaking a pair of long runs. Noah Ellis was 6 of 19 passing for 52 yards and narrowly missed connecting with Easton Hensley for a long touchdown pass.

“Offensively we couldn’t sustain drives and really battled field position all night,” head coach Drew Gossen said. “We’re one block away from breaking a power play early and then another one late. It was a play here and there that made the difference.”

Trailing 7-0 with less than a minute to play in the first half, Piedmont’s Christian Bricker wrapped up McGuinness quarterback Jarrett Lewis near the goal line and appeared to strip the ball from Lewis. An Irish lineman recovered the ball in the end zone for a potential safety, but the officials ruled the play as an incomplete pass instead. Read more →

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