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Archive for: December 2013

Several businesses shine bright in Lights on Piedmont contest

Submitted by Lisa Gigstad
Eric Anderson, right, awards the Piedmont Historical Society with third place honers for Lights on Piedmont commercial division

Submitted by Lisa Gigstad
Eric Anderson, right, awards The Old Store with second place honors in the commercial division for Lights on Piedmont.

Submitted by Lisa Gigstad
Eric Anderson awards the Piedmont Service Center with first place honors for winning the Lights on Piedmont commercial division top prize.

Wildcats take flight: PHS sweeps at DC Festival

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Darrius Burris goes up for a shot Friday afternoon against Mount Saint Mary’s at the Deer Creek PAAC Building in Edmond.

By Evan Grice


While Collett Fieldhouse is home to the No. 5 Piedmont Wildcats, they have been making the brand new Deer Creek Performing Arts and Athletic Center their home away from home this season.

At the Deer Creek basketball festival Friday and Saturday, the Wildcats claimed two victories over Mount Saint Mary’s and the defending Class 5A boys’ state champions in the Bishop McGuinness Fighting Irish.

All three of the Wildcats victories this season have come at the PAAC on the campus of Deer Creek High School, where the Wildcats dispatched of the Antlers on opening night. Read more →

Split Decision: PHS girls go 1-1 at Deer Creek

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Alex Hall drives down the baseline as Bishop McGuinness player Natalie Smallwood defends Saturday afternoon.

By Evan Grice


While the Deer Creek festival started out on a sour note for the No. 4 Piedmont Lady Wildcats, it did end on a high note.

After taking a tough loss to the No. 3 ranked Mount Saint Mary’s Lady Rockets from Class 4A, Piedmont responded with a convincing victory over the No. 17 Bishop McGuinness Lady Irish. Read more →

Superintendent announces Piedmont teachers of the year

By Matt Montgomery

Piedmont Schools Superintendent James White released the Piedmont schools teachers of the year names Tuesday.

“It is with great pride and pleasure that I introduce and congratulate the teacher of the year from each of our school sites. These fine educators were recognized for excellence by their colleagues, and each is certainly deserving of this honor.”

Piedmont Primary’s teacher is special education teacher Jacquie Hester. Northwood Elementary teacher of the year is music teacher Laura Pope. Piedmont Elementary’s Jennifer Carver, who teaches kindergarten was named teacher of the year for her school. Stone Ridge Elementary teacher of the year was first grade teacher Jennifer Tabor. Piedmont Intermediate’s fifth grade social studies teacher Angela DeLong was named teacher of the year. Middle School of Piedmont’s language arts teacher Tiffany Walker was named teacher of the year. Piedmont High School teacher of the year is junior level AP English teacher Cynthia Brown.

White said these educators are a terrific representation of Piedmont faculty as a whole.

“Dedicated, professional, conscientious, caring, patient and hard workings are just a few of the descriptors we are able to use when speaking of the teachers, staff, and administrators of Piedmont Public Schools,” White said. “We are very fortunate to have tremendous students and parents that help make this one of the best school districts in the state of Oklahoma. With that being said, I would also emphasize how extremely blessed we are to have the best teachers and support staff to be found anywhere.”

White said Piedmont teachers embrace the daily challenges and work hard to offer the greatest education possible for the students at Piedmont Schools.

“If you have a chance, I encourage you to congratulate our teachers of the year and to thank all of our dedicated educators,” he said.

Mayor sets record straight, dismisses Internet rumors

Mayor Valerie Thomerson

By Matt Montgomery

In a prepared statement to Piedmont-Surrey Gazette Associate Publisher Randy Anderson, Piedmont Mayor Valerie Thomerson dismissed Internet falsehoods indicating she would be an Oklahoma State Senate candidate.

“District 22 Senator Rob Johnson has been a good friend to the City of Piedmont and his leadership will be missed in the Oklahoma Senate. Since having heard that Senator Johnson will be vacating his seat, I was approached by several individuals and asked to consider running for the office of State Senator.

When I was campaigning for the office of Mayor for the City of Piedmont, I stated then, that I had no political ambitions beyond Piedmont. That statement still holds true today. My only goal was to serve my community and you graciously allowed that when you elected me as your Mayor.

Although I am extremely flattered to have been asked to even consider running for such a prestigious office, this statement is necessary to correct any erroneous reports that were derived from unsubstantiated speculation and without any confirmation from me.

My focus is on Piedmont and that will not change during my term as Mayor.

Being Mayor has at times been a challenge, however it has always been a privilege and one I do not take lightly.”

Champions of the mats: PHS wrestling slams competition at Deer Creek

Photo Provided by Julia Henry
Fans, coaches, and wrestlers of the Piedmont Wildcat wrestling program pose with the first place trophy which was presented to the PHS wrestling team after they claimed first place in the team competition this weekend at the Deer Creek Invitational which was held at the Deer Creek Performing Arts and Athletic Center (PAAC) on the campus of Deer Creek High School in Edmond.

By Evan Grice


Before the start of the Deer Creek Invitational tournament this past weekend, Piedmont coach Erik Ford had said this marked the beginning of the toughest part of the season for his team.

After Saturday night, it was clear his No. 6 ranked Wildcat wrestlers are more than ready for any challenge that comes their way. Read more →

One on One with Piedmont Junior athlete Hayden Priddy

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Hayden Priddy dribbles the ball down the court during a scrimmage against Chisholm earlier this season at Collett Fieldhouse in Piedmont.


Piedmont Lady Wildcat basketball standout Hayden Priddy recently sat down with the Piedmont Surrey-Gazette to discuss basketball, her faith, and what it means to be a Piedmont High School athlete.

PG: What does the sport of basketball mean to you?
HP: Basketball means more to me than anything else in the world. It’s been my whole life for as long as I can remember.

PG: Where would you rank the Deer Creek from this season game on your list of all-time favorite basketball memories?
HP: The Deer Creek game is definitely one of my top five all-time favorite memories along with going to State my freshmen year. Read more →

Nine Piedmont players land on 4A-1 All-District list

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Darrius Burris runs for yardage earlier this season against Western Heights at Stout Field. Burris was named Running Back of The Year for District 4A-1. Burris finished with 1,495 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final season as a Wildcat player.

By Evan Grice

While the football season as a whole didn’t end the way the Piedmont Wildcats would have liked, there are several reasons to celebrate the accomplishments of many of the players.

As announced earlier this week, several Wildcat players landed on the All-District 4A-1 list, with two players receiving Player of the Year recognition. Read more →

MSP seventh and eighth grade boys teams stay perfect

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Trace Larson drives to the basket down the baseline around a Noble defender Monday night during the eighth grade boys basketball game at Collett Fieldhouse.

By Evan Grice


It seems that no matter what the temperature is outside, the Piedmont seventh and eighth grade boys’ teams will always catch fire when they play.

Monday night saw both sets of Wildcat teams remain undefeated after convincing wins over the Noble Bears, just days after they collected wins over Western Heights last Thursday. Read more →

Piedmont freshman boys grab pair of wins

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Kale Keeney looks to put up a layup attempt during the first half Monday night at Collett Fieldhouse against the Noble Bears freshman team.

By Evan Grice


While the first half of the season hasn’t been kind to the Piedmont freshman boys’ basketball team, things might finally be turning around for the Wildcats.

Monday night at Collett Fieldhouse saw the ninth grade boys collect their second victory in a row at home, this time overcoming Noble just less than a week after defeating Western Heights. Read more →

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