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Archive for: October 2013

Committee presents council with city charter revisions

By Robert Flippo
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

The city of Piedmont is often cited as the fastest growing city in Oklahoma and with that growth comes many changes. To reflect those changes, the Piedmont City Council established a twelve person committee to look through the city charter and suggest revisions that would be beneficial to the city.

“Basically we’ve kind of outgrown it,” City Councilman Bobby Williamson, who was a part of the Charter Revision Committee, said. “So we needed to put more guidelines in place and make it clearer.”

After a few months working together, that committee has presented a draft of its suggested revisions to the city council. The council has held two workshops, one on Monday, Oct. 14 and one on Monday, Oct. 28, to review the suggested revisions before finalizing them to be presented to the people of Piedmont to vote on.

While there have been discussions over fine point details, overall the council seems in agreement on the revisions as a whole.

The area receiving the biggest overhaul in the charter is the section dealing with the process of recalling an elected official. After a rash of recall elections in recent years, many expressed concern with the way the city charter handled recall elections. Read more →

Wildcats cross country qualifies for 5A state meet

Evan Grice/Gazette
Jon Anderson was the top finisher for the Wildcats cross country team at the regional competition in Norman this past Saturday.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

There was some good and not so good moments for the Piedmont cross country teams at the regional meet this past Saturday at Norman High School.

While the Wildcats team was able to qualify as a team for the state competition with a fourth place finish, the Lady Wildcats were shorthanded on the day, and were forced to settle for a 13th place finish as a team.

Deer Creek claimed both boys and girls titles on the day. Read more →

Winning in the Rain: Pride of Piedmont band repeats as state champs

Evan Grice/Gazette
Members of the Pride of Piedmont marching band perform Saturday night at Bronco Stadium in Mustang during the Oklahoma Bandmasters State Competition. PHS claimed the 4A/5A Grand Championships. for the second year in a row. Coweta came in second place. The title was the 12th overall for the Pride of Piedmont marching band as they claimed a score of 86.45 in the finals round. PHS also swept every caption award in the finals round.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

There was simply nothing that could stop the Pride of Piedmont marching band Saturday night at the Oklahoma Bandmasters State Competition at Mustang High School.

Despite cold and rainy conditions throughout the day, including a downpour during the preliminary round and the finals round, along with a delayed start time in the finals, the Pride of Piedmont put on the performance of their lives.

As a result, the 129 members of the Pride of Piedmont walked away as not only Class 4A State Champions, but Class 4A/5A Grand Champions for the second year in a row, claiming victory with an overall score of 86.45, nearly three whole points ahead of Coweta, who finished in second place. Read more →

Lady Wildcat softball players earn softball honors

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Piedmont’s Jamie Lowrie was one of three players on this seasons Lady Wildcat softball team to be named to the All-District and All-Region teams. Lowrie finished the season with a .480 batting average to go with 48 hits on the season.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While the fast pitch softball season is over and done with, the postseason honors are just starting to roll in for the Piedmont Lady Wildcats.

Last Thursday, it was announced that Bre Davis (1st Base), Michelle Brandon (3rd Base), Logan Simunek (2nd Base), Jamie Lowrie (CF), Madison Morris (DP), and Kassidy Scott (Pitcher) were named to the Class 5A All-District First Team for the Lady Wildcats, with Courtney Anderson receiving honorable mention honors.

Then, on Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Bre Davis and Jamie Lowrie were each named to the All-Region team first team, with Courtney Anderson earning second team All-region honors. Read more →

Piedmont looks to maintain playoff hopes against Elgin

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont head coach Craig Church adresses his team following last week’s 27-0 defeat to Anadarko at Stout Field. PHS will be on the road for the final two weeks of the regular season starting with Elgin on Friday night with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

If there was ever such a thing as a “must win game”, it has arrived for the Piedmont Wildcats (4-4, 3-2) football team.

Friday night against the Elgin Owls (4-4, 3-2), the Wildcats will have the chance to all but assure themselves of a berth in the playoffs as they look to take down the Owls on the road, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

Last week against the top-ranked Anadarko Warriors, the Wildcats saw their three-game winning streak snapped with a 27-0 defeat. Elgin meanwhile, kept its playoff hopes alive with a 42-19 victory over Weatherford. Read more →

PHS Volleyball reflects on success at banquet

Evan Grice/Gazette
Four Lady Wildcat volleyball players were honored during last Thursday nights banquet at the Piedmont Intermediate School. From left to right, Lindsey Malone (Wildcat Award), Anna Young (Offensive MVP), Skylar Mylonas (Defensive MVP), Bailey Banks (Setter of The Year). Piedmont finished with a school record 12 wins this season.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Following the most successful season in Piedmont volleyball history, there was plenty of reason to celebrate last Thursday night at the Piedmont Intermediate School.

Players, parents, and coaches alike gathered together to honor all of the members of the Piedmont Lady Wildcats as the PHS Volleyball banquet took place with plenty of awards being handed out along with plenty of positive reflection.

“I’m very proud of the girls, and the progress we made as a program this season,” Piedmont coach Brad Brucker said. “There’s so much optimism about next season, and our girls realize how good they can be. A lot of these girls are going to be playing club during the summer, which is going to be a tremendous help for them. I think we’re going to be a top contender right off the bat next season, because of the talent we have returning for us next season.”

During the course of the season, there were many turning points for the Lady Wildcats. While some pointed to a particular game, others chose to look at the season as a whole. Read more →

Anadarko spoils Wildcats senior night with shutout

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Piedmont’s Blakely Liebmann fights for yardage as Anadarko defenders Jarrod Wheeler and Ethan Smith try to bring him down during the fourth quarter Friday night at Stout Field in Piedmont.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont’s playoff journey didn’t just take a slight detour Friday night at Stout Field against Anadarko.

It hit a brick wall.

A smothering Warriors defense held the Wildcats offense in check all night long, as the AHS offense capitalized with two scores in the first half and two in the second to claim a 27-0 victory, and the district 4A-1 title in the process.

PHS’ playoff chances now hinder on the results of the Wildcats final two games against Elgin and Weatherford, where the Wildcats will need to win both to make the playoffs. Read more →

Commissioner Carson announces final term

County Commissioner Phil Carson

By Robert Flippo
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

In a move that had been rumored for some time, County Commissioner Phil Carson officially stated he will not run for reelection in 2014.

Carson, in his third term as the commissioner of District 1, which includes Piedmont, Okarche and parts of El Reno and Yukon. Since joining the county in 2002, he has worked hard for the betterment of his district and Canadian County as a whole but now, he says, it is time to move on.

“I think maybe I’ll let someone else try their hand at it,” Carson said.
Carson may be ready to move on, but he is proud of the work he has been able to accomplish as a commissioner, specifically in regard to maintaining roads and the addition of a new county jail.

“We did a lot with the roads and bridges in the unincorporated land,” Carson said.

According to the County Commissioner website, Carson has been responsible for getting over 45 new bridges built within his district. Carson is a lifelong resident of Canadian County, which gives him an understanding of the needs of his constituents that has been reflected in the work he has done for the county. Read more →

Pride of Piedmont: Senior Night and State Championship

The Pride of Piedmont will celebrate Senior Night at Friday’s football game. At halftime, the band will recognize the seniors and their families.

The following day, Saturday, Oct. 26, the Pride of Piedmont will participate in the class 4A-5A marching band championship in Mustang. The Pride of Piedmont is scheduled to have their preliminary performance at 3:45 p.m. and finals begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Pride is looking to add another state title to its already impressive total of 11.

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PHS Running back Burris nabs player of the week award

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PHS running back Darrius Burris was voted Fans Choice All-City Player of the Week.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Throughout the entire season, Piedmont senior running back Darrius Burris has stepped up his game when called upon on the field.

Last week against No. 4 Clinton, Burris took it to another level when he ran for 224 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-19 upset of the defending state champions.

His performance hasn’t gone unnoticed by the public either, as Burris was voted The Daily Oklahoman Fans Choice All-City Player of the Week, which was made official Wednesday morning. Read more →

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