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Archive for: May 2013

Wildcats offense ready to fly in 2013

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com 

Piedmont quarterback Lucas Richert reeled off the names one by one, Darrius Burris, Blakely Liebman, Andra Richardson, Josh Hampton and Brandon Kirk.

“They can all be big for us,” Richert said of the offensive players that surround him this spring.
The junior-to-be thinks the unit he’s likely to lead will have play makers galore on it.

Although the start of fall camp is still months away, he could be right. The Wildcats brain trust, led by head coach Craig Church is going to give the players more opportunities to make plays, with an offense that allows skill players to play in space and make things happen.

“We’re just trying to attack the entire field,” the coach said.

And that starts with the signal callers. Richert is healthy again after suffering an ACL injury last summer that kept him out for the entire 2012 season.

He says he’s still gaining confidence in his surgically repaired knee, but Richert says he’s putting the injury behind him. Read more →

Lady ‘Cats ready for jump to 5A

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

The Piedmont Lady Wildcats have done just about everything there is to do in Class 4A softball. But they’ll have a new challenge next season.

Piedmont will move into Class 5A for the 2013 season. PHS is used to playing 5A competition, but head coach Rick Scott admits his team will have to prove itself to their new opponents.

“I told everyone that we’re the new kid on the block. So people tell us that we don’t like you being here and you’re going to have to go prove it,” Scott said.

The Lady Wildcats will enter 5A with a new look infield, especially on the left side of the field. Shortstop Kylie Palmer and third baseman Jordan Chism were lost to graduation. But Scott says his program has reached a point that season by season, his team doesn’t rebuild, it just reloads. Although he admits replacing Palmer and Chsim will be a tall order, he doesn’t think next season will be any different.

“We kind of have, I don’t want to call it a farm system, but we try and bring people along and groom them for positions. So when people graduate they can take their place,” he said.

“They know what to expect,” Scott said of younger players stepping into starting roles. “They expect to be in the state finals. They expect nothing less. When it gets to be their turn they’re excited because they’ve tasted some success and they want to be a part of that.” Read more →

Young selected to OU and OSU leadership classes

Carsen Young

Courtesy Jana Hill Photography
Carsen Young was selected to the President’s Leadership Class at both the University of Oklahoma and at Oklahoma State University.

By Greg Evans
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

The President’s Leadership Class is one of the highest honors an incoming freshman can receive going into college.
Carsen Young was selected to be a part of the PLC at both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
He said the President’s Leadership Class application was a part of his application to the universities.
Young has decided to attend college at OU but being selected to be a part of the class at both universities is a major honor.
In a letter from OU President David L. Boren, the PLC is called one of the highest honors for an incoming freshmen at the University of Oklahoma. Over 10,000 students applied for the recognition and only 100 were selected. Read more →

Tragedy in Moore hits close to home for Piedmont residents

By Greg Evans
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

After the Piedmont tornado two years ago, residents of this community know the devastation a tornado causes as it rips through lives leaving utter destruction and chaos.

Because of that experience, many Piedmont residents are even more willing to do everything they can to help the people in Moore.

“My son Austin had some friends over while the storm was passing through Moore,” Piedmont resident Beth Parrett said.

“We lost our home in the Piedmont tornado. We were trying to compare what we experienced to what happened in Moore, and what happened to Piedmont was just a speck.

“Austin said they were going to need a lot of stuff, so we started collecting everything we could: gloves, boots, everything we had.

“We then went to our neighbors to see if they had anything. We made a few calls and ended up (at the Piedmont Fire Department).”

Those phone calls lead Parrett to the Piedmont Fire Department and to News Channel 9. Read more →

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