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Chickasha edges Piedmont in 5A title game

Blake Colston

SHAWNEE —  What was supposed to be a coronation of nearly a decade of dominance, turned into just another near miss for the Piedmont softball program.

Chickasha edged the Wildcats 1-0 Saturday at the Ball Fields at Firelake in the Class 5A state championship game on the strength of Lynnsie Elam’s two-out RBI single in the sixth inning.

“Our girls played their guts out and we lost by one run, on one play,” Piedmont head coach Rick Scott said. “Sometimes it’s just not your turn.”

Elam’s game-winning hit was setup by an infield single from Karissa Duke to lead off the Chicks half of the sixth.  Duke reached base on a close call at first and advanced around to third with two outs.

“The girl (Duke) never should have never been on first base,” Scott said. “She was out.”

Elam’s hit, which just snuck through the left side of the infield, was, according to Scott, never supposed to be allowed to happen either.

“We wanted to walk her, but we just didn’t communicate it quite right,” he said. “Something happened and we didn’t and she got a hit.”

Piedmont, though, had a chance to tie the game or perhaps even take the lead a half-inning later off Chickasha ace Kelsi Gore.

Madison Giggers led off with a double into the right field corner and was sacrificed to third by Sagely McAdoo. But two infield pop-ups sandwiched around a walk, ended the inning and left the potential winning run stranded.

“We should’ve scored the run,” Scott said. “We just didn’t get it done.”

Gore, who pitched a complete game one-hitter to outduel a similar performance from Piedmont starter Kassidy Scott, retired the Wildcats in order in the seventh to  give the Chicks their first state championship in program history. Piedmont, meanwhile, lost its third state title game in the last eight seasons and lost for the first since Sept. 5. The Wildcats entered the game as winners of 21 consecutive games.

“It was a great season,” Scott said. “I’m gonna say this, I wouldn’t take a state championship, I’d rather have these girls and lose, than win one with some other team.”

Southeasy: Piedmont picks up first win of season, 42-20, over Southeast

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Piedmont running back Landon White runs into open space Friday night at Douglass High School.

Blake Colston

OKLAHOMA CITY —  Frowns were replaced by wide-eyed grins Friday night at Moses F. Miller Stadium.

A previously winless Piedmont Wildcat squad demolished Oklahoma City Southeast, 42-20, in a game that the Wildats led 42-0 at halftime behind three touchdowns from running back Landon White and two more from wide receiver Steffen Funkhouser.

“I feel like we just put everything together today,” White said after rushing for 52 yards and three scores on nine carries in one half of action. “We realized this was an easier game, but we couldn’t take anything for granted. We had come out here and work hard and we did.”

White scored on runs of 12, five and one yard in a first half completely dominated by Piedmont (1-6, 1-3). Quarterback Lucas Richert was sharp, connecting on 9-of-12 passes for 187 yards and two scores, both to Funkhouser on gains of 71 and 36 yards respectively.

“We took advantage of a couple of opportunities that they gave us and were able to execute,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said of big plays in the passing game. “That was the biggest thing, they gave us opportunities and we were able to execute and got it done.” Read more →

Piedmont softball advances to state title game

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Piedmont’s Madison Giggers hustles around into third base on her triple to right field Friday against Duncan.

Blake Colston

SHAWNEE — The last break often decides state tournament games and Friday in Shawnee was no exception.

Piedmont courtesy runner Alexis Rankin scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by Duncan’s catcher to give the Wildcats a 2-1 walk-off win, their 21st in a row, and a berth in the Class 5A state title game tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. against Chickasha.

“I thought maybe I’d try to steal, but I never thought that it would turn out like it did,” Rankin, a freshman said. “When I slid into the base and I saw the third baseman looking back without the ball, I just took off.”

She ran Piedmont (31-7) into its third state title game appearance in the last nine seasons and made a winner out of starting pitcher Kassidy Scott, who outdueled Duncan ace Corrina Rivas. Read more →

Piedmont advances to 5A semis with 9-7 win over Collinsville

SHAWNEE — Piedmont pitcher Kassidy Scott never doubted her team, but until Scott made the final out, the outcome was never certain.

The Wildcats withstood a furious late-inning rally from Collinsville to beat the Cardinals 9-7 in a Class 5A state quarterfinal at the Ball Fields at Firelake Thursday behind a gutty performance from Scott and 14 hits from their offense.

The victory, the Wildcats’ 20th in a row, advanced Piedmont (30-7) into a semifinal matchup with Duncan tomorrow at 2 p.m.

“I’m so proud of my team,” Scott said after her 3-for-4 day at the plate with four RBIs and two home runs to go along with the win in the circle. “We knew we were going to win. We never gave up.”

Neither did Collinsville. After Piedmont’s red-hot bats struck early and often as part of a 14-hit attack, racing out to a 9-2 lead, Collinsville controlled the final three innings. The Cardinals (28-11) scored three times in the fifth, once in the sixth and once in the seventh. Read more →

Piedmont travels to Southeast Friday night

Blake Colston

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Colby Bricker of Piedmont tries to bring down Carl Albert running back Dillon Lohr Friday night at Wildcat Field.

The collective and figurative exhale from the Piedmont football team this week was well-earned.

It’s no offense to Oklahoma City Southeast, the Wildcats’ next opponent Friday night at Douglass High School, but the Spartans, (1-5, 0-3) simply aren’t on the same level as 5A powers Deer Creek, Guthrie and Carl Albert.

“It’s definitely nice to know that the team we’re playing this week isn’t as good as the others we’ve seen already,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said. “But by the same token, you can’t take anyone lightly or you’ll get beat.”

The 126-26 combined score the Antlers, Blue Jays and Titans beat Piedmont by the last three weeks has made Piedmont into a weary, yet still determined team. Read more →

Piedmont opens state tourney against Collinsville today

By Blake Colston

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Piedmont third baseman Jourdan Edwards makes a throw to first base as pitcher Kassidy Scott ducks out of the way.

SHAWNEE –– Entering today’s quarterfinal round of the Class 5A state softball tournament, there won’t be a hotter team in the field than Piedmont.

Winners of 19 straight games and making their eighth state tournament appearance in nine seasons, the Wildcats (29-7) face Collinsville (28-10) at 5 p.m. on Field 3 at the Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee.

“The girls were happy and excited to win the regional,” Piedmont head coach Rick Scott said. “But they know there’s a bigger goal out there now and they’re ready to take care of this part of our job.”

Lately, the only thing that’s slowed down the ‘Cats, is the weather. A planned state tune-up against 6A state qualifier Mustang was washed out Monday. Meaning it’ll have been a week since Piedmont wrapped up its regional title with a 3-0 victory over Ardmore. when they take the field today.

“It’s a bummer,” Scott said of the layoff. “But with that said, everyone else in the state still playing faced the same thing.” Read more →

Two teens arrested in connection with Piedmont area girl’s disappearance

By Traci Chapman

Two arrests have been made in connection with the April disappearance of a Piedmont-area teen.

Chadd Raymond

Chloe Thomas

Chadd Raymond, 16, and 16-year-old Chloe Thomas were arrested over the weekend and charged with the first degree murder of 16-year-old Anne Hill, said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, Oklahoma City Police Department assistant public information officer. Raymond and Thomas both listed Oklahoma City addresses; although they were minors, because of the severity of the crimes with which they were charged their names were released, officials said.

Hill was last seen April 11. Officials with Piedmont Police Department said although the youth has been listed in media reports as a Piedmont resident, she actually lived in Oklahoma City limits, which necessitated investigation of the case by Oklahoma City police.

Very little information was available about Thomas and Raymond as of press time. Thomas voluntarily went into Oklahoma City police headquarters Friday afternoon, where she was interviewed and arrested, Wardlow said. Raymond was arrested at his northwest Oklahoma City residence Saturday morning. Read more →

Carl Albert knocks off Piedmont 47-7

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Piedmont defensive end Dryden Abla tries to corral Carl Albert running back Dillon Lohr Friday night.

Blake Colston

Lightning crashed and so did Piedmont.

With Piedmont leading perennial Class 5A power Carl Albert 7-6 with 2:47 to play in the first half and the Titans facing a crucial fourth-and-4, Mother Nature intervened, forcing an 1:04 lightning delay.

When play finally resumed Carl Albert (5-1, 3-0) picked up the fourth down play behind quarterback Braxton Dickerson and went on to score 41 unanswered points to drop Piedmont (0-6, 0-3) 47-7 Friday night at Wildcat Field.

“I felt like we had the momentum and I felt like we were going to get a stop, and we had a chance to go down and score before half to add to the lead,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said.

Instead though, after the long delay had snuffed out Piedmont’s momentum, Dickerson gained seven yards on fourth down and carried into the Piedmont red zone on the next play. Talented running back Dillon Lohr capped the drive three plays later with a five-yard touchdown run. Dickerson added the two-point conversion and the Titans were off.

All told Dickerson ran for 138 yards and two scores on 15 carries while Lohr totaled 150 yards and two touchdowns on 23 touches as part of a 387-yard rushing attack. Read more →

Piedmont hosts Carl Albert in crucial district game

Blake Colston

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Piedmont defensive end Delbert Todd tackles Guthrie running back Idae Alexander in last week’s 48-6 loss to the Blue Jays.

Nothing about the Class 5A District II playoff picture is clear or even murky at this point, it’s still too early to tell much.

But for a winless Piedmont team (0-5, 0-2), at this point, its only choice is to win – starting with Friday’s home game against Carl Albert at 7 p.m. – and let things shake out from there.

“There’s definitely a bunch of teams still in the mix,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said. “Carl Albert is a big game for us, we definitely want to get this one because it’d give us some momentum moving forward.”

Momentum has been hard to come by early in the season, though. Injuries made winnable non-district games tougher and a brutal three-game stretch to start district play made victories hard to come by. But a potentially winnable game against the Titans is followed by relatively easier matchups against Southeast, Guymon and Western Heights. A winning streak and a jump up the standings could be possible.

“That’s what we’ve been talking to our kids about,” he said. “We’ve got a chance now to really get on a streak. You try and go win this one this week and then from there it’s all about, can we get hot? Can we get rolling?” Read more →

Judge paves way for Boevers’ dismissal of Fina lawsuit

Traci Chapman

Canadian County District Court Judge Gary Miller on Oct. 7 issued a ruling paving the way for a dismissal of the libel lawsuit filed against developer Phil Boevers by former Piedmont Mayor Mike Fina.

The ruling was filed with the court via a Memorandum Opinion, issued in response to the Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Boevers. Motions for Summary Judgment are routinely filed by parties in civil cases requesting a judge dismiss some or all of the claims in a lawsuit before it goes to trial.

In the Oct. 7 memorandum, filed with the court clerk’s office Oct. 8, Miller stated the crux of the lawsuit was whether Fina had a legal right to bring an action against Boevers for statements the developer allegedly made during Fina’s mayoral re-election campaign. Boevers maintained his statements were “political speech,” protected by both the state and federal Constitutions. Read more →

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