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Archive for: January 2011

Lady Wildcats stay undefeated after Deer Creek win

Ashley Almond scored six points in Piedmont’s win over Deer Creek on Tuesday. With the win, Piedmont moved to 7-0 on the season.

There is always a risk of team losing its step coming out of the winter break, but after Deer Creek took a brief lead in the second quarter, the Piedmont Lady Wildcats returned to form with a 46-35 win to remain undefeated.

Kylie Boggess led the way in the first half for Piedmont, scoring eight of her 14 in the first two frames. Deer Creek’s defense kept Piedmont out of the paint most of the game, but Boggess found success shooting from the outside and helped her team cling to a one point lead at halftime.

In the second half it was Davie Owen who set the tone as she hit a three early in the third quarter. Fouls on Deer Creek’s posts opened up driving lanes, and before the Lady Wildcats blinked they were ahead by eight going into the final quarter.

Senior Miesha Stevenson battled fouls all night and fouled out early in the fourth, but Owen would again spark Piedmont with a three. That three not only got the crowd on their feet, but also started a run that saw the Lady Wildcats’ lead stretch to as many as 14.

“This was a good win,” Coach George Wagner said. “To come out of the break and play a good, well coached team and control the game is big for us.”

Deer Creek came into the contest ranked No. 9 in Class 5A.

“It’s always big to beat your rival,” Sophomore Sarah Parker said. Parker scored six points on the night. “We get a kind of swagger if we win (a big game like this). We think that this gives us a good chance to go far in this week’s tournament. We’re getting the chance to play some really good teams.”

Wagner, while happy with his team’s start, is wary for the girls to be too focused on their 7-0 record.

“We have to focus on March and make sure we’re playing our best basketball then,” he explained.

Wagner also credited his bench’s play for the night’s success.

“We can go eight or nine deep and all our girls are very good,” Wagner said. “As a team, our defense tonight was outstanding. Our half-court man-to-man defense gave them a lot of trouble.”

Tuesday night’s win is Piedmont’s second in a row against the Lady Antlers.

Mayor, council filing period approaching

Piedmont voters will cast ballots for mayor and two city councilmen in April, and the filing period to run for those offices is scheduled for next month.

Piedmont residents interested in running for mayor, and residents of Ward 3 and Ward 5 interested in running for the city council should file in-person Feb. 7-9 at the Canadian County Election Board office in El Reno during regular business hours.

The mayor’s term is for four years, while both city councilmen terms are for three years.  Mike Fina is currently serving as mayor, Jeff Davis is councilman of Ward 3 and Donnie Robinson is councilman of Ward 5.

Cushing Invitational poses major hurdle for wrestlers

Cameron Burwell and the rest of the Piedmont wrestlers are ready to begin the second half of their season. Piedmont will travel to Cushing on Friday before hosting Weatherford on Tuesday Jan. 10.The Piedmont wrestling team travels to Cushing tomorrow for the Cushing Invitational. While tournaments always have their challenges, this one is possibly the toughest before the Wildcats reach the regional tournament in February.

The Piedmont wrestling team travels to Cushing tomorrow for the Cushing Invitational. While tournaments always have their challenges, this one is possibly the toughest before the Wildcats reach the regional tournament in February.

“We haven’t wrestled Cushing yet,” Coach Erik Ford said. “It will be our first time to see them. They’re a good team and it’s good to see them before we get to regionals or state.”

There will be 20 to 25 teams making the trip to Cushing this week and the field will be made up of many of the best teams in Class 4A. Allen High School from Allen, Tx will also be wrestling at the tournament. Allen took second at Tulsa Union’s Mid-American Nationals earlier this season, and looks to be the team to beat.

“The tournament is both individual and team,” Ford said. “Individual wrestlers try to finish highly for medals, and how they finish gives the team points. We’re hoping to go out and have some guys place high.”

Due to the tournament being right after the holidays, Ford hopes that the workouts the guys put in will be beneficial in such a tough tournament.

“We had seven really good workouts,” Ford said. “We had a good practice on Monday to get back into the groove of things.”

That holiday break also means that some kids may be wrestling in a new weight division on Friday. A few gained or lost pounds could make a world of difference for an individual wrestler. Wrestlers who might be moving divisions must to have the motivation to get into the weight room and work.

“Our sports is unique in that a lot of a wrestler’s success comes from being in the proper weight class,” Ford explained. “Doing a good job of, healthily, staying in your proper weight class requires real discipline.”

If the Wildcat wrestlers want to start their 2011 off right, then they will need a full team effort to fight through the tough ranks of the Cushing Invitational.

Next Monday, the wrestlers host their first home dual of the year against Weatherford. Piedmont was a close second behind Weatherford at the Weatherford Invitational in December. Ford said that if Piedmont wins the matches they’re supposed to, and get a few lucky breaks, then their first home stand of the year should turn out in their favor.

Automotive shop opens in Piedmont

MPH Automotive opened for business on Jan. 3. The automotive service center in Piedmont has five employees.

After nearly three years of sitting vacant, the former home of Triple S Quick Lube is open once again offering not only oil changes but expanded auto maintenance services as a new owner has purchased the building.

On Monday Mike Hlebowicz opened MPH Automotive, located at 141 Edmond Rd.  Hlebowicz had previously run an automotive shop in Oklahoma City, but high rents sent him looking for a new location and Piedmont is where he eventually decided to open his new shop.

“I started looking (for a location) and I have a bunch of friends out here who kept saying check this place out,” Hlebowicz said.  “There is less competition out here and I like the area.  We have actually been looking for a house (in Piedmont) for a while.”

Hlebowicz said he has been working on cars since he was 15 when he worked on his drag racing friend’s cars.  Since then he has been a practicing mechanic and is looking forward to being in Piedmont.

“I purchased (this building) in December and took about a month to clean it,” Hlebowicz said.  “We still have a few little bugs to work out, but so far it’s been going pretty good.”

Customers of the former oil change business located at MPH’s location will still find lube service, but Hlebowicz said he also wanted to offer other maintenance services.

“There is not anything we don’t do,” Hlebowicz said.  “Tire alignments, tune-ups, oil change, we can do anything.  It was a quick lube place and it’s still set up that way, but I also wanted to do maintenance.

Currently MPH Automotive is open Monday through Friday with plans to open on Saturdays in the future.  Including Hlebowicz, the automotive shop has five employees.

County officers take oath

Canadian County Commissioner Phil Carson, County Assessor Matt Wehmuller and County Commissioner Jack Stewart take their oath of office on Monday as they begin their new terms. County Judge Gary Miller administered the oath. Carson is starting his third term while Wehmuller is starting his first.

Following a busy election year in 2010, the new year started with elected officials taking office as Matt Wehmuller, Phil Carson and Jack Stewart took their oath of office at the Canadian County Courthouse on Monday.

Wehmuller was elected County Assessor in 2010 and was sworn in for his first term. The new office holder said he was humbled and overwhelmed about his new duties and was looking forward to starting his new position.

“Following this (oath of office) you feel like making sure that your doing things to the best of your ability,” Wehmuller said. “I’m excited; I look forward to the challenges ahead. I look forward to just getting to know the residents of the county and making sure the process is a transparent one and help people understand the exemptions available to them.”

Phil Carson, county commissioner for district 1, was reelected to his third term in November and said the oath of office ceremony represented a carry on of his work.

“It’s a continuation of trying to do the best job that I can for the rural areas and small towns of the county,” Carson said. “We get along really well as a commission and try to make it a better place and safer place for people to live.”

Stewart was sworn in as the District 3 commissioner.

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