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Archive for: August 2012

Photo Gallery: Piedmont lights up Blanchard 14-5

Lady Wildcats down Blanchard 14-5 on Tuesday night. Read the game recap in this Thursday’s Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.


Wildcat football opens with Kingfisher scrimmage

By Matt Montgomery
News Editor

The Piedmont Wildcats held their own against a tough Kingfisher squad Friday evening at Stout Stadium.

Head Coach Craig Church said the mistakes they made are fixable mistakes; a guy out of position, not taking the right offensive angle, but nothing major.

“There weren’t any mental busts, it was just angles,” he said. “A guy in terms of a route may not be cutting at quite the right time.”

Church said he was really pleased with the Wildcats’ performance and didn’t notice any glaring mistakes. He said the team is further along in their running game than they were last year, but one thing they do lack is size.

“We are undersized, so we don’t have a lot of big kids,” he said. “That’s going to be a challenge to make those kids successful by what we do, but I love this group. They have a great attitude, they work extremely hard and it’s got all the makings to be a really good season.”

Junior quarterback Darrius Burris said he thinks the team is moving the ball very well and said he isn’t worried about offense, but primarily wants to focus on improving defense.

“Our offense will prevail, but our defense … what we need to work on is getting stops; three and out,” Burris said. “We basically need to work on our conditioning, because that really helps.”

Burris has transitioned into the quarterback role from last year and said he has a positive game plan looking ahead to the opening game against Deer Creek 7 p.m., Sept. 4.

“As a quarterback, for me, it’s to have my mindset right, always be positive,” he said. “Even in our worst plays, on our worst days you have to stay positive and give some other players something to look forward to. Give them something positive so they can feed off of it.”

For complete coverage and other Wildcats’ comments from the season opening scrimmage against Kingfisher, read the Sports Weekly section of the Thursday, Aug. 23 edition of the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.

Watering ban modified to odd/even schedule

By Matt Montgomery
News Editor

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby confirmed late Friday night the City’s watering ban has been temporarily lifted.

“We’re having lower temperatures and the rain’s supposed to come in tomorrow,” Crosby said. “So, we thought we would do odd/even and see how that lasts; a week or so.”

He explained the City has implemented an odd/even watering schedule, meaning those whose address ends in an even number can water on an even-numbered day, like tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 18. If someone’s address ends in an odd number, they would have to wait until Sunday to water.

The City plans on trying this for a while, maybe a week or so, Crosby added, because the temperatures are forecasted to be lower and precipitation is also forecasted in the upcoming days, according to him.

“We may drop it (the watering ban) entirely, but we just want to see how things go first,” he added. “We are hoping we get more rain. That’s the main thing we’re interested in.”

Crosby said as long as Oklahoma City has the water, Piedmont will buy it. Also, the City wants to make sure their water towers are kept full, so the pressure stays high for firefighting.

“There’s still fires going on and we want to protect the citizens,” he said.

Residents can continue to fill up hand-watering devices on all days.

Watch for updates.

Piedmont downs rival Tuttle

Piedmont’s stadium was packed on Thursday night and the atmosphere around the Tuttle game felt like the state tournament. The Lady Wildcats 3-1 victory over their rival felt like more than an early season win.

“This was the biggest win I’ve ever had with Piedmont softball,” Jordan Chism said. “It was a team win and it felt good.”

Piedmont found themselves down 1-0 after the first inning but Piedmont rallied in the bottom of the second when Kylie Palmer scored Chism on a single. Chism swung the momentum away from the visiting Lady Tigers in the top of the third when she turned a solo double play by catching a line drive and then tagging the runner at third.

Kassidy Scott kept the momentum in Piedmont’s favor in the bottom of the fourth. Chism got on base with a walk and then Palmer hit a double. With two runners in scoring position, Scott knocked a single and brought both runners home.

“It feels good,” Scott said. “You never know when you are going to get the chance as a freshman. You have to step up when you get that chance and it feels great.”

Piedmont clamped down on defense in the last three innings. Savanah Leckie, Emma Nelson and Chism each caught pop flies in the fifth Leckie and Palmer combined for an out and Madi Morris and Palmer combined for a double play to end in the sixth. Tuttle threatened to start a run in the top of the sixth but Chism and Morris combined for a double play to take the wind out of the Lady Tigers sails. Michelle Brandon fielded a ground ball and tossed it to Morris to cap the Lady Wildcat victory.

“I just thought to myself don’t drop the ball,” Chism said of the last double play. “That completely changed the game. They were starting to gain some momentum and that shut them down. Tonight took me back to state my sophomore year. It was very similar to this. That year they made a run and came back but we didn’t let them come back tonight. We played as a team. We had two pitchers who threw hard and we got hits when we needed them. It was a great team win.”

The win moves Piedmont to 6-2 on the season.

“This is our second time to beat them and the first in a long time,” Coach Rick Scott said. “Anytime you beat a program like Tuttle it’s a big win. They are so good. Tuttle is the best program in the state, so anytime you beat them; it’s a good thing. The way the girls came back from Tuesday. They made big changes.

“Jordan Chism is one of those special players who comes up big when you need them to. She knew what to do, where to go. She’s a senior, a leader and she’s just Jordan. For Kassidy to come in as a freshman and get a hit like that, it’s pretty amazing. For anyone to get a hit in that situation is big, but as a freshman it’s huge. I told the team tonight that it was every single one of them that won this. They were on fire the whole night, yelling, cheering. They were 110 percent into this game. There is nothing these girls can’t do if they play like this.”

Mills battles misfortune with positive energy

By Roger Pugh

Misfortune seems to have tried its best to take up permanent residence with Piedmont’s Janice Mills. It was well chronicled in the Aug. 2 edition of the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.

However, misfortune will now have to find a new home. This is because Janice’s home burned Sunday night.

“It is a new beginning,” proclaimed Mill’s of her latest tragedy.

She dozed off to sleep in the living room in her home at 2408 Piedmont Rd. N around 10 p.m. Sunday only to be awakened by a frantic pounding on her front door. It was passerby Mark Means beckoning her to get out of her burning house. Means, driving past the house, had noticed the flames shooting from Mills’ roof.

“The main thing I thought was to get Dennis and Mom out of there,” Mills said.

She was referring to the most important links she has to her late husband Dennis and her recently deceased mother. Those links were the urns containing their ashes, and a photo album of the life of Dennis.

Dennis suddenly passed away about a year ago, and her mother died in a roll-over auto mishap on June 9.

She managed to get those prized possessions to safety and firefighters were able to stop the blaze before she lost everything. However, much of her furniture and other possessions suffered heavy smoke and water damage. She will know the extent of her loss and damages later this week when the insurance inspector surveys the damage. Read more →

Little Miss Piedmont, NW OKC Pageants set Aug. 25 at Northwood Elementary

By Roger Pugh

The 2012 Little Miss Piedmont and Little Miss NW OKC Pageants will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at Northwood Elementary School.

The time for the pageant that day has not yet been determined.

The Piedmont pageant is open to girls ages three months to 12 years who reside in the Piedmont school district.

The NW OKC is open to girls the same ages, and entrants in that pageant may reside anywhere in the state.

The categories in each pageant include Baby, for girls age three months to 12 months, Toddler, for girls age one to three, Tiny Miss, for girls age four to six, Little Miss those age seven to nine, and Junior Miss, for young ladies age 10 to 12. There will also be a photogenic category for girls of all ages, and a talent competition for those ages 10 to 12.

Prizes and awards include a crown, sash, trophy and savings bond for each First Place winner.

Additional information and entry materials can be found on the pageant web site, www.misspiedmont-nwokcpageants.com.

The Miss Piedmont and Miss NW OKC Scholarship pageant is a member of the Miss America Organization.

“Whether you daughter dreams of being crowned Miss Oklahoma or Miss America this is the first step,” said Kelly LaFollette, Director of pageant.

“For every Miss America it all began on a stage just like ours,” she said.

She also said the competition is kept simple and contestants will compete in two judged phases that will count toward the crowning of the winner.

Company defines wind energy; residents voice opinions

By Matt Montgomery
News Editor

Since Apex, a Virginia-based wind energy company proposed 15 to 20 wind turbines to be built within Piedmont city limits, some residents have voiced their concerns and asked “What is wind energy?”

According to Apex’s website, wind farms, both on land and offshore, convert the wind’s energy into electricity to power homes and businesses with a clean, perpetually abundant source of domestic energy.

The website further explains that today the U.S. has installed over 48,000 megawatts of wind capacity – a significant amount but still just a small fraction of the total energy generated to heat, cool and electrify homes and businesses.

Apex says wind energy is one of the fastest growing sources of new energy generation today – second only to natural gas – and Apex is positioned to play a leading role in the emergence of this important market in the United States.

Their website also explains that significant opportunities exist in offshore and onshore wind energy development. Read more →

Comprehensive Plan meeting rescheduled for Aug. 21

A meeting by a local task force charged with developing a new comprehensive plan for Piedmont was cancelled Tuesday and reset it for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Jacobs Consulting, an urban planning firm hired by the City to help develop the plan, began last month presenting elements of the overall plan for the task force to adopt or refine.

The task force will look at transportation and public facility draft elements at the rescheduled meeting next week at city hall. Revisions from the task force’s first look last month at land use and recreational trail draft elements are also expected to be considered by the task force next week.

A Jacobs spokesman, Rick Leisner, said he hopes to present all of the elements of the plan to the task force by the early fall, and the overall plan can be fine-tuned and adopted at that time.

Once the task force signs off on the overall plan, it will be presented to the city council for adoption, and when ratified by the council, it will be used by Piedmont to help guide future growth and development within the city.

For almost a year, Jacobs has been working with Piedmont on the plan. The firm met with interested citizens and task force members several times to get an idea of community wants and needs, and extensively reviewed past planning documents, including the P3 Planning Summit recommendations where a concerted effort was made to involve citizens in developing a vision for Piedmont.

From those efforts, Jacobs went to the drawing board to start drafting elements of the plan which the task force is now beginning to review.

Piedmont drops match to Bethany

By Greg Evans

The Lady Wildcat volleyball team’s season record dropped to 1-2 on Tuesday night after it lost to Bethany in straight sets.

The Lady Bronchos won 25-15, 25-20, 25-13. Piedmont took its only lead of the night on the first point of the third set.

“I feel like most of us got our heads down when we fell behind,” Gabby Moore said. “There were times when we weren’t there to cover on tips, they scored a lot on tips. We weren’t as focused as we were over the weekend. I feel like on Saturday we were more of  a team. On the bus we went over rotations but today we were all in our own little world.”

MacKenzie Davis and Paige Anderson served 100 percent of their serves on target.

“We had good energy,” Coach Jamie Hill said. “We continued to fight. We were able to go on some runs, some service runs especially. Our movement was better. We implemented a new defense this week and there were times when we kind of forgot, that left some holes. Overall, though, it was an improvement.” Read more →

It’s finally here

Greg Evans

Greg Evans
Sports Editor

Tuesday morning I found myself on the football team’s practice field and that can only mean one thing; athletics in Piedmont are starting.

The start of football practice is the official signifier of the beginning of the fall athletic season. With the softball team starting games today and the new volleyball team starting games on Tuesday, there are a lot of reasons to be excited if you are a Wildcat athletics fan.

As a sports writer, the summer months are rather odd. There are weeks where nothing is happening, then you have a pair of weeks where every team is holding some kind of camp. I miss the structured chaos that comes with the athletic season. Knowing that I’ll always have a sporting event to cover on a Tuesday night makes the hectic life I live a bit easier. Read more →

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