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Archive for: December 2011

Piedmont edges Woodward with fourth quarter rally

Boys basketball coach Ryan Wagner told his assistant coach during Tuesday’s game against Woodward that win or lose he was going to be proud of his team’s effort. Thanks to some clutch plays by the Wildcats and a last second shot by Woodward that was off the mark, Wagner was able to also be proud of a win.

“It’s a huge win because we have been struggling, I’m not going to lie,” Wagner said. “We have had some personality issues but they battled together. I was going to be very proud of them no matter what happened because we stuck to our guns.”

The lead changed four times in the final quarter but Piedmont relied on a suffocating defense, good rebounding and clutch shots from Christian Foster to beat Woodward, 46-44.

Foster scored 10 of his 18 points in the final quarter. His first fourth quarter basket came from a free throw that tied the game at 35-35. Foster’s second free throw shot clanked off the rim but he was able to battle for his own rebound and put up a layup to give his team a two-point lead.

Woodward grabbed a three-point lead with less than two minutes left but Cameron Peters hit a jumper to pull Piedmont back within one. On the next Woodward possession Foster came up with a steal and scored the go-ahead basket on a fastbreak.

“That’s a good team we played but we just worked our butts off at the end,” Foster said. “I am someone who wants the ball but I also want to give my teammates the ball; but I had an opportunity to make big plays.”

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The game came down to the wire at the end but in the first quarter it looked as if Piedmont would be on its way to an easy win. The Wildcats jumped to an 11-0 lead and didn’t let Woodward on the scoreboard until 2:15 left in the first quarter. However, Woodward stormed back with a 12-0 run of its own and led by two at halftime. After the game, Wagner said the comeback by Woodward was expected and that his players knew they would have to battle all night.

“We knew that Woodward would do that,” Wagner said. “(After their comeback) we told the kids to stay the course and stay focused and stay determined.”

Piedmont’s (4-3) win kept them above the .500 mark headed into a critical week of state rankings and was the final game before the Christmas break.

View more photos from Tuesday’s game

Lady Wildcats cruise past Woodward

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Lady Wildcats struggled to work the ball inside on Tuesday night so they relied on the outside shot to get them jump started on their way to a 68-48 win over Woodward.

Piedmont (5-2) shot one-for-13 in the first quarter and struggled to hold onto the ball with five turnovers. Woodward grabbed an early 15-11 lead but Kylie Boggess led Piedmont back with a layup to tie the game at 19 and then back-to-back three pointers in the final 90 seconds of the first half to give the Wildcats a four point advantage at halftime. Boggess scored 12 points in the game but the Wildcats’ comeback was also sparked by some improved defensive play.

“I think our defense always sparks our offense,” Coach Amanda Timms said.

Timms also said she pushed her team in the first half to get more physical and play with more energy.

“It seems the more I get in their face the more they respond,” Timms added. “It might seem like a negative at first but they seem to respond. It’s about making the little transitions and the little changes, at halftime and in timeouts.”

The second half was all Piedmont as Sarah Parker scored 10 of her team-high 16 points in the third quarter. Piedmont led by 16 headed into the final frame and got strong play from its bench, especially from Alex Hall who scored nine points in the fourth quarter.

The win sends Piedmont into the winter break on a high note as the team will prepare for a tournament at Southern Nazarene University next month.

“(The win) keeps the momentum going,” Timms said. “It’s nice to come off a win headed into a tournament.”

View more photos from girl’s game

Photos: Piedmont vs. Woodward (Girls Basketball)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont girls basketball team beat Woodward, 68-48, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

PHOTOS: Piedmont vs. Woodward (Boys Basketball)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont boys basketball team beat Wooward, 46-44, on Dec. 20. (Photo by Ben Felder)


PHOTOS: Wrestling finishes second at Anadarko

The Piedmont wrestling team finished second at the Anadarko Christmas Class last weekend, had five individual champions, three runner-ups and 15 individual medalists.

Aaron Hane was voted “Most Outstanding Wrestler” by the coaches following his pin over two time state champion Josh Mouser from McCloud at the Anadarko Christmas Classic last weekend. Find more Piedmont wrestling results from Anadarko on page 8B. (Julia Henry/Contributor)

AJ Walker (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Blane Culp (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Brett Adams (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Brody Largent (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Caleb Richter (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Coach Erik Ford (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Coulton Parker (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Darryl Burns (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Hunter Winkle (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Juan Guerrero (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Reece Henry (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Ryan Pyle (Julia Henry/Contributor)

Anadarko Results

106

1-Michael Lopez (Piedmont) Pin Ryan Rutherford (Harrah) 4:55

3-Briar Boling (Hinton) Pin Blake Burden (Cushing) 1:36

5-Steven Sharp (Piedmont (B)) Pin Kyle Palmer (Anadarko) 5:15

113

1-Daniel Hood (Cushing) Dec Coulton Parker (Piedmont) 4-2

3-Brent Wilson (McGuinness) TFall Gabe Padilla (Elgin) 16-0

5-Wade Williams (Anadarko) Pin Carson Ranaldi (Harrah) 3:32

120

1-Cody Young (Tecumseh) MDec Reece Henry (Piedmont) 19-12

3-Tanner Leonard (Elgin) Dec Jimmy Teague (Cushing) 7-1

5-Connor Wyatt (Harrah) MDec Levi Murray (Cushing (B)) 11-3

126

1-Aaron Hane (Piedmont ( OW Lower Weights)) Pin Josh Mouser (McLoud) 4:37

3-David Eakers (Chickasha) Dec Mason Roberts (Cushing) 4-0

5-Brandon Pollard (Anadarko) Dec Daniel Hausam (Tecumseh) 2-0 OT

132

1-Ryan Pyle (Piedmont) Dec Jacob Reading (Hinton) 3-2

3-Ricky Ahrberg (Cushing) Dec Derreck Edwards (Tecumseh) 7-2

5-Ty Parker (Lexington) Pin AJ Smith (Harrah) 3:23

138

1-Shelby Miller (Piedmont) Dec Mitch Johnson (McGuinness) 7-3

3-Dallas Ladd (Cushing) Dec Blake Trescott (Anadarko) 9-2

5-Kyle Shenold  (Cushing (B)) Dec Kyler Vowel (Hinton) 3-0

145

1-Kyle Knight (Cushing) TFall Blane Culp (Piedmont) 18-2

3-Triston Hill (Chickasha) Dec Cole Huckeby (Pauls Valley) 9-4

5-Malik Boardingham (Anadarko) Pin Austin Trout (Tecumseh) 3:35

152

1-Ryan Moline (Cushing) Dec Ryan Frater (Hobart) 1-0

3-Zane David (Harrah) Pin Daniel Brown (Piedmont) 1:43

5-AJ Walker (Piedmont (B)) Pin Brent Cisco (Anadarko) 4:35

160

1-Gage Stallworth (Cushing) InjDef Jake Welt (Harrah)

3-Tristan East (Anadarko) Dec Bubba Wright (Chickasha) 6-4

5-Dryden Alba (Piedmont (B)) Pin Darryll Burns (Piedmont) 3:56

170

1-Richard Griffin (Harrah (OW/ Most Falls 6 @ 5:02)) Pin Cody Martin (Elgin) :55

3-Jorge Reza (Geary) Pin Trevor Hubble (Cushing (B)) 2:46

5-Marshall Dilley (Cushing) Pin Brody Largent (Piedmont) 1:59

182

1-Josh Latham (Chickasha) Dec Travis Johnson (Harrah) 3-2

3-Caleb Pettinger (HInton) Dec Daniel Ripwell (Cushing) 10-5

5-Justin West (Cushing (B)) Pin David Duba (McGuinness) 3:44

195

1-Hunter Winkle (Piedmont) Dec Sam Richardson (Chickasha) 4-0

3-Clayton Fields (Cushing) Dec Dominique Polk (Anadarko) 8-1

5-Colton Musik (Harrah) Pin Logan Northcutt (Lexington) 1:24

220

1-Jacoby Brown (Chickasha) MDec Brock Hubble (Cushing) 13-5

3-Jared Owens (Elgin) Dec Mac Ramsey (Cushing (B)) 4-0

5-Jared Ryan (Tecumseh) Pin Faron Apauty (Anadarko) :54

285

1-Tyler Wilson (Harrrah) Pin Bryce Wickware (Geary) 3:26

3-Shane Jones (Elgin) Pin Kendal Boling (Hinton) 2:29

5-Jesse Richards (Geary (B)) Pin Juan Guerrero (Piedmont) 1:43

Meeting minutes removed from city website, will return

City of Piedmont website.

You can get a lot of useful information on the City of Piedmont’s website but right now meeting minutes aren’t one of them. However, a city official said it is a temporary issue and not a permanent policy change.

Several citizens called the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette offices on Tuesday to complain that the city had removed meeting minutes from its website. Until recently, minutes from city council and planning commission meetings had been archived online but one caller said the public would not have to complete a public information request form to obtain minutes.

Interim city manager and city clerk Jenifer Smith were not available for comment on Tuesday, but a city official confirmed with the Gazette that the meeting minutes had been temporarily removed from the website and would be republished soon.

The city’s official website is piedmont-ok.gov.

VIDEO: Final beam raised on Intermediate School

Fourth- and fifth-graders from Piedmont’s three elementary schools braved the cold on Tuesday to leave their mark on the new Intermediate School currently under construction on 164th Street. Before the final beam was hoisted on top of the new school, each student signed their name on the piece of steel. The new school is expected to open before the start of the next school year and it will house all of the district’s fifth- and sixth grade students, which currently numbers at 435.

Crews from Boldt Construction have been working on the new school, which is being built with a nearly $14 million price tag. When complete, the 86,000-square-foot Intermediate School will include 24 classrooms, a library, cafeteria and gymnasium.

The Intermediate School will offer a smoother transition for students from elementary school to junior high and will provide more classroom and activity space for the growing school district.

(Photo by Ben Felder)

PHOTOS: A look back at 2011

With only a couple weeks left before the end of 2011 we thought it would be fun to share some of the images from the year that was. Here are 25 images from Piedmont in 2011.

The Piedmont Area Rocketry Club, which was established in 2008, has grown over the past three years in both members and events and this past year the club officially became a non-profit organization. Since its founding, PARC has been a member of the National Association of Rocketry, the first member institution in Oklahoma. In addition to learning about rocketry, building and launching rockets, and meeting monthly; the club also works to educate local students on the importance, and fun, of rocketry and the science involved. (Pictured) During a January Piedmont Area Rocketry Club meeting, members discuss some of the rockets they are working on and hoping to launch. (Photo by Ben Felder)Terry Anderson holds Riley Hays, 2, inside the barn behind F&M Bank during the annual Brisket in the Barn event. Anderson, the bank’s president, said the event has been held as a community appreciation dinner for 12 years. In addition to Bar-B-Q the event featured balloons, clowns and a snow-cone station. (Photo by Ben Felder)

A total of 147 students graduated from Piedmont High School last May. Following the ceremony the students headed outside to celebrate by throwing their hats in the air. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Weston Baker, Nathan Berger and Maxton Barker have a good time while waiting to receive their TLC diplomas. TLC Childcare Center in Piedmont graduated 16 preschoolers from its Jumpstart program during a ceremony in May. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Susan Michael found one of her two cats in what was left of her home in north Piedmont following a tornado on May 24 that destroyed complete neighborhoods across Canadian County. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Nick Bayer paints a mural inside Northwood Elementary School. His organization, Project Blue Bird, offers public art projects to nonprofits, such as schools. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan walks through what used to be his house after it was destroyed in the May 24 tornado. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Piedmont resident Suzanne Watson took this photo of her father James Pitt, a World War II veteran, at the National World War II Museum in Washington D.C. during an Oklahoma Honor Flight trip. (Courtesy Photo/Suzanne Watson)

Piedmont eighth-grader Parker Strubhar made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. after winning the spelling title for the state of Oklahoma. (Courtesy Photo/Scripps)

Lori Robinson established the Haven of Hope Rescue Foundation last year in an effort to help neglected dogs. The facility, which is located west of Piedmont, has helped nearly 80 dogs find permanent homes since last October. Robinson is pictured here with Hercules. (Photo by Ben Felder)

(Photo by Ben Felder)

Sophia and Garrett Vickers, both 3, at the Piedmont Independence Day Celebration and parade in July. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Sophie Thompson, 14, and Logan Simunek, 13, of Piedmont started Sassy Sistaz, a design business that features homemade bags and accessories. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Birthdays are typically an occasion to receive gifts but for two Piedmont girls it was another chance to give. Ryleigh Tucker, 11, and Caroline Baker, 10, hosted a pool party for their birthday and accepted donations, rather than gifts, for the Pets and People animal shelter in Yukon. Together the two girls brought in over $400 and used the money to purchase food and other items to donate.

The morning sun shines bright as a student at Northwood Elementary School arrives for the first day of school. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Jeff Williams, president of Williams Foods, addresses the city council during an August meeting. Williams asked the city to honor a contract for $1.9 million in tax incentives it had made with the new grocery store. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont football team opened the 2011 season in Yukon because Deer Creek’s stadium was not fit to play in as a renovations project was still underway. Piedmont nearly rallied to beat rival Deer Creek and went on to clinch its first playoff berth in several years. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Lee Ann Parker, and her dog Pearl, enjoyed Saturday's Founders Day festival.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi spoke to Piedmont school district teachers and administrators on Sept. 29 at Stone Ridge Elementary School. (Right) District Superintendent James White listened as Barresi addressed a wide variety of educational topics. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Students from Piedmont Primary school waited in line to tour the inside of a fire truck. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont Soccer Club wrapped up its latest season in November. The club had been holding league games in a field near the intersection of Sara Road and 164th. (Photo by Ben Felder)

The Piedmont Round-Up Club’s fifth annual Halloween costume contest drew its biggest turnout ever as several riders and their horses showed off their creativity.

The Pride of Piedmont Marching Band extended its title as one of the state’s best high school bands by taking the state championship in October at the state competition in Edmond. It was the band’s eighth title in a row.

Middle school softball players run laps to start a day of workouts during the Summer Pride softball camp at Piedmont High School. From young kids to varsity starters, nearly 90 Piedmont softball players participated in the camp in an effort to reach success for years to come. (Photo by Ben Felder)

Joey Regnier, 8, couldn’t wait to crack open a book at the Northwood Elementary School book. (Photo by Ben Felder)

WIldcats can’t hold off Guthrie rally, drop back-to-back games

Piedmont lead by as many as eight in the second half, but couldn’t hold on as Guthrie turned up the intensity and downed the Wildcats 57-43.
Piedmont got off to a quick start with a bucket from Collin Bricker, but struggled to get a shot off in the opening quarter. A solid effort on the defensive side of the floor kept the Wildcats in the game and they trailed 8-6 after one.
The Wildcats got things going again in the second quarter, with Christian Foster giving Piedmont their first lead since the opening seconds of the game. The Wildcats would lead by as many as five in the second before a late Guthrie bucket pulled it to 15-13 going into halftime.
Foster came out of the break attacking the basket. Between Foster and Adrion Williams, the Wildcats found themselves up by as many as eight in the third. A big offensive drought saw Guthrie tie the game with 2:30 left in the third. A lead would flip flop for the rest of the third with Guthrie taking their final lead with 30 seconds left. The Wildcats trailed 35-33 going into the fourth.
Piedmont hung around and Hunter Kirton tied the game with 5:26 left. He followed the tying shot by forcing a turn over, but the Wildcats couldn’t find the handle on the ensuing possession and the wheels started to fall off for Piedmont. Guthrie worked hard to score and the Wildcats got careless with the basketball down the stretch. Piedmont needs to get to the point where they want to take and make the shot if they want to turn things around.
“We just have to hustle and have better effort,” Williams said. “We have to show we care and do the work. We have to work harder.”
“(Guthrie) played with more intensity and purpose than we did,” Coach Ryan Wagner said. “There’s not enough trying to do the right thing. We have to try and find five guys that want to play in our system and with a purpose. There are too many guys standing around and doing their own thing right now.”
Williams lead the Wildcats with 13 points, Foster scored nine, Bricker and Cameron Peters both scored seven, Kirton had five and Connor McFall had two.
Piedmont falls to 3-3 with the loss and will play Woodward on Tuesday before the Christmas break.

Piedmont girls power past Guthrie

The Lady Wildcats bounced back from a loss to Carl Albert by beating the Guthrie Lady Bluejays 49-42 on Friday night.
The first quarter saw Piedmont struggle to box out on both sides of the court. This lead to a number of second chance opportunities for Guthrie. Add in a ill advised foul to end the quarter and the Lady Wildcats found themselves down 13-7 after one.
Piedmont battled back in the second quarter thanks to the play of Kylie Boggess and Ashley Almond. Both scored four points in the quarter. Almond hit a lay up with 30 seconds left in the half to give the Lady Wildcats a one point lead going into the break.
The third quarter was one of streaks. Piedmont shot out to lead by as many as seven, but Guthrie answered it by tying it with 1:38 left. Piedmont got a late bucket to take a 32-30 lead into the the final quarter.
Piedmont looked to Boggess and Sarah Parker to lead the way in the fourth, with the girls combining to score 14 points in the fourth. The Lady Bluejays would get within three with 48 seconds left but a pair of three throws by Almond gave Piedmont the breathing room it needed to finally put this game away.
“We talked this week about moving without the basketball,” Parker said. “We have to create our own shots not wait for there to be one. We have to drive and kick, not just stand around waiting for things to happen. We’re not at our potential, but we’re coming together. We’re working harder than we ever have. The break will be just what we need to come back and reach our potential. We’re at a good point, right now.”
“We lacked mental focus earlier this week,” Coach Amanda Tims said. “Our legs weren’t under us on offense and that’s what we’ve been addressing. We have to get off to a better start, we can’t just wait until we’re down to start playing defense. Tonight was good for us. Any win is good, but I think once these girls know that they can beat teams (like Guthrie) they will come to expect it and not struggle to put them away.”
Boggess lead the Lady Wildcats with 18, Parker scored 15, Almond scored six, Hayden Priddy scored five, Raven McDaniel had two and Rachel Tilley and Breanu Reid both chipped in one.
Piedmont hosts Woodward on Tuesday before going into the Christmas break.

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