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Archive for: October 2013

Piedmont welcomes top-ranked Anadarko

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Piedmont’s Colby Bricker looks to make a tackle on Clinton’s Blake Canton during the first half last Friday night at Stout Field.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Just one week after knocking off the No. 4 ranked team in the state, Piedmont will get the ultimate chance to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

This week will see the Wildcats (4-3, 3-1) take on the top-ranked Anadarko Warriors (7-0, 4-0) for Senior Night at Stout Field with kickoff preceding Senior Night festivities which will begin at 7 p.m. with game time set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Coming into their match-up with the Warriors, PHS finds itself in the driver’s seat for a playoff position, tied with Woodward at 3-1, with the Boomers ahead by just one district point in the standings for second place. Read more →

PHS players enjoy moment in the sun following victory

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Piedmont’s Blane Culp holds his helmet up high in celebration as he walks off the field last Friday night after PHS defeated Clinton.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Every once in a while, life gives you the chance to silence those who say you can’t do something.

For the Piedmont Wildcats football program, their chance came last Friday night against the No. 4 Clinton Tornadoes on a cold and wet night at Stout Field.

Coming into the game, many felt that despite CHS missing 10 of its starting players due to injury, that the defending state champions would still be able to claim a victory over a team they had never lost to in the last three games. Read more →

Piedmont CC ready for regional meet

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Piedmont’s Tiffany Rivas runs towards the finish line during the OK Runner classic held at Norman High School earlier this season. Both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats cross country teams will be running at Norman High this weekend in the Class 5A regional meet.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

As the Piedmont cross country teams prepare for the regional meet this weekend at Norman High School, they are facing a good news-bad news situation.

On the one hand, all of the runners, both male and female, have experience running the course which they did earlier this season at the OK Runner Classic.

However, the Lady Wildcats could find themselves down two members this weekend as they face an uphill climb to qualify for the state meet as a team. Read more →

Wildcat Warning: Piedmont knocks out Clinton

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Piedmont’s Blakely Liebmann runs for yardage as teammates Darrius Burris (3) and Matt Capshaw (55) throw a block on Clinton’s Jason Reeves during the first half Friday night at Stout Field in Piedmont.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Three words echoed from the Piedmont crowd said it all on Friday night as the clock struck zero.

“Go Piedmont Go.”

It was perhaps the only time the Wildcats as a team slowed down the whole of the 48 minutes against the defending state champion Clinton Red Tornadoes at Stout Field, as PHS pulled off the upset over the No. 4 Red Tornadoes at home, 45-19.

“I feel like we physically defeated them (Clinton) out there tonight,” Piedmont coach Craig Church said about his team’s performance. “The added bonus is that we don’t have to play them again, so that’s a great way to go out. We’re starting to see the benefits of a tough schedule with these kids. I’m extremely proud of the way these kids have worked so hard.” Read more →

Piedmont prepares for defending state champs

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Piedmont’s Josh Hampton fights for yardage on a rushing attempt as Elk City’s Tre Rios tries to bring him down last Friday night at Big Elk Stadium in Elk City. Piedmont won the game by a score of 52-0.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Former 16-time World Heavyweight champion Ric Flair once said “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”

This week, the Piedmont Wildcats (3-3, 2-1) will get their chance to knock off the defending state champions in the Clinton Red Tornadoes (4-2, 2-1), who enter ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 4A with kickoff set for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. from Stout Field in Piedmont.

As it stands currently in the district 4A-1 standings, the Wildcats are in prime position to make the playoffs, as they are tied for third place with Clinton right now at 2-1 in the district, with Elgin and Weatherford both lurking at 1-2 right now, tied for the final playoff spot.

Woodward and Anadarko are tied for the district lead at 3-0, with these teams facing one another Friday night for the district lead.

The playoff situation is something that hasn’t been lost on head coach Craig Church and his players either as they approach the stretch run of the season. Read more →

One on One with Piedmont senior athlete Kasey Rein

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Piedmont’s Kasey Rein runs towards the finish line Tuesday afternoon at Carl Albert High School. Rein is a senior at Piedmont High School and plans to major in nursing after graduation to become an RN.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont senior cross country runner and defending swimming state champion Kasey Rein sat down with the Piedmont Surrey-Gazette Tuesday afternoon following her finish at the Suburban Conference Cross Country meet at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City.

PG: How was the course overall out there? It looked a little muddy with some of those big puddles as well. KR: “It was definitely the muddiest course we have been on all season to tell you the truth. This cold weather was definitely a little painful, but I think it worked in our benefit to be honest. As for the puddles, I didn’t really notice them that much out there.”

PG: What is the hardest part about being a cross country runner? Is it the conditioning or something else? KR: “It’s actually the waiting period before the race starts. There’s so much anticipation because you never know when they are going to start everyone. It’s a lot different than in swimming because they give you a specific time to take your mark, and you know when you will be going. That’s not the case with cross country meets.” Read more →

Wildcats CC takes second at Carl Albert

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Piedmont’s Jon Anderson turns the corner near the finish line Tuesday afternoon at the Suburban Conference meet held at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While conditions might have been far from perfect Tuesday afternoon, the Piedmont cross country teams adapted and performed at a high level.

At the Suburban Conference meet held at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, the Wildcats finished with three runners in the top-15 en route to a second place finish as a team, while the Lady Wildcats finished in fifth overall with Kasey Rein the top finisher on the day in 14th place overall. Read more →

Big Elk Hunting: Piedmont runs wild in 52-0 victory

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Piedmont running back Blakely Liebmann runs for yardage as teammates Josh Hampton (10) and Easton Fenton (2) provide blocking during the first quarter Friday night at Big Elk Stadium in Elk City.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

There was simply no stopping the Piedmont Wildcats Friday night at Big Elk Stadium, or more specifically running back Darrius Burris.

After a quiet first quarter in which the Wildcat senior ran for just two total yards on the ground with one touchdown, Burris exploded in the second for three touchdowns along with 151 yards, to send Piedmont on its way to a 52-0 blanking of the Elks on the road.

The 52 points are the most scored by a Wildcats team since September 28, 2012 when Piedmont put up 50 points against Cache in a 50-32 victory. Read more →

Lady Wildcats shocked in regional finals

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The scoreboard at Lady Wildcat Field told the whole story Wednesday afternoon at the regional finals.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While the Piedmont Lady Wildcats experienced a successful season in their first season in Class 5A, the regional tournament showed they still have some painful lessons to learn.

In the regional finals against the Lawton MacArthur Lady Highlanders, Piedmont only needed to win one game to advance to the state tournament. However, MHS pulled off the impossible, winning two straight to eliminate the Lady Wildcats from the playoffs.

“I told the girls I loved them and that I was proud of them,” Piedmont coach Rick Scott said following the game. “And for the girls who will be back next year, they need to remember how this feels. Credit to Lawton Mac, they made one more play than we did in this game. But, the biggest factor in the game was the wind. We made mistakes and they took advantage of it. We’ll learn and get better from this game.” Read more →

Piedmont football gets new district opponents for 2014

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Piedmont head coach Craig Church and his squad will face a stacked district in Class 5A when the 2014 season comes.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While the Piedmont Wildcats football team has been faced with tough competition this season in district play, things are going to get even rougher in 2014.

As announced by the OSSAA on Wednesday morning, the new district alignments have been released for all classifications in football.

Piedmont was bumped up to Class 5A, and will join Carl Albert, Bishop McGuinness, Deer Creek, Guthrie, Western Heights, Guymon, and Southeast in their new district. Read more →

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