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Archive for: January 2014

Piedmont house fire total loss

Lucia Wyant/Gazette
This house located on Canyon Road in south Piedmont caught on fire Monday morning. The house appears to be completely destroyed. More details will follow in next week’s Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.

Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon presents banquet guests with veterans images set to music

Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon presents banquet guests with veterans images set to music


Rise Up!!!: Lady Wildcats claim tourney title

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Alex Hall puts up a jump shot as Okarche’s Madi Grellner defends during the second half Saturday night at the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Championship game in Kingfisher.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

For the No. 6 Piedmont Lady Wildcats and head coach Jamie Hill, the third time wasn’t just the charm Saturday night, it was the championship.

Facing the No. 1 ranked Class B Okarche Lady Warriors for the third consecutive year in the Buckle of the Wheatbelt finals, the Lady Wildcats put to an end two years of heartbreak and frustration, as a career night from Mina Iyaye helped vault PHS to a 45-40 victory, and the tournament championship.

The victory was the first Wheatbelt title for the Lady Wildcats since 2011 and the first piece of hardware for first-year head coach Jamie Hill. Read more →

Lady Wildcats cruise past McLoud; survive Heritage Hall

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Hayden Priddy brings the ball down the court as Heritage Hall’s Madison Garrett defends during the Buckle of the Wheatbelt semifinals last Friday night at Kingfisher High School.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

In the first two rounds of the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament, the No. 6 Lady Wildcats won in two completely different ways.

First, they claimed a blowout victory over McLoud, before surviving an overtime thriller against Heritage Hall in the semifinals at Kingfisher High School. Read more →

No. 4 Wildcats fall in Wheatbelt title game

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Cameron Peters drives to the basket as Kingfisher players Trey Woods, left and Keaton Ely, right defend during the second half Saturday night of the boys championship game at the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament held at the Kingfisher All-Purpose Building on the campus of Kingfisher High School.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

For nearly the entire Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament, things were going smoothly for the No. 4 Piedmont Wildcats.

They had already driven through Clinton and Chisholm en route to the championship game against Kingfisher, and things were going according to plan against the Yellow Jackets.

That was, until the fourth quarter.

After taking a 51-42 lead into the final frame of the contest, the Wildcats were held to a season low two-points in the final eight minutes of the game as they suffered their second one-point loss of the season, 54-53 in the boys championship of the Wheatbelt Tournament. Read more →

Piedmont Swimming shines at conference meet

Evan Grice/Gazette
Members of the Piedmont Lady Wildcat relay swim team pose on the medal stand after receiving their medals in the 200-yard medley relay event Monday night at Harrah High School. Team members from left to right, top row Darien Kohpay, Holly Organ. Front row, Mikayla Lunsford, Kasey Rein. This same team would also claim third place in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the Suburban Conference swim meet.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Records we are told are meant to be broken.

And that’s exactly what members of the Piedmont swim team did Monday night at Harrah High School at the Suburban Conference swim meet.

Conner St. John, Kasey Rein and the Piedmont boys relay team combined to smash several conference records, as the Piedmont Wildcats claimed second as a team on the boys side, while the Lady Wildcats finished in fifth place overall. Read more →

One-on-One with PHS Dual Athlete Blane Culp

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Piedmont’s Blane Culp talks strategy on the sidline during the district opening football game at Woodward earlier this season. The game was the first for Culp after undergoing shoulder surgery before the season began.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont senior football standout and two-time state wrestling placer Blane Culp recently sat down with the Surrey-Gazette following the Wildcats Senior Night dual victory over Deer Creek at Collett Fieldhouse. Culp discussed his goals for this wrestling season, and talked about the shoulder injury which nearly cost him his senior season of athletics.

PG: It’s no secret that you had to endure a severe shoulder injury before this season began. Take me back to when it happened, what was going through your mind? Were you focused on even competing in athletics?

BC: “I pretty much knew I was going to push through the injury. This was my second shoulder surgery this year, and I knew if I made it through before I could make it through again.” Read more →

Piedmont downs Deer Creek in senior night dual

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Piedmont’s Steven Sharp looks to finish off his opponent from Deer Creek during the Wildcats dual against the Antllers Monday night at Collett Fieldhouse.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont’s senior wrestling class wanted to make sure they left Collett Fieldhouse on a winning note Monday night.

In fact, they didn’t just leave on a winning note; they left on an undefeated note.

PHS celebrated its 2014 senior class with a dual against Deer Creek, which saw the Wildcats take control early on and never relinquish it as Piedmont slammed the Antlers by a score of 48-19.

With the victory, the Wildcats ensured they finished the home part of their dual season undefeated for the 2013-14 season. Read more →

Wildcat wrestling takes second at Piedmont Invite

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Piedmont’s Brody Largent looks to roll over Cory Boiling from Putnam City North for a pin attempt during a match at the Piedmont Invitational wrestling tournament this past weekend at Collett Fieldhouse. Largent finished third in the 182 pound division.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While the result might have been different for the first time in three years at the Piedmont Invitational this past weekend, there was still plenty of reason to celebrate for the Wildcats.

Piedmont finished in a close second with 246 points with Del City claiming the overall title with a total team score of 317 points for the tournament.

PHS claimed three overall titles which were tied with Del City and Western Heights while claiming three second place finishes in the process. Read more →

PHS Students: “The team behind the team”

Evan Grice/Gazette
Members of the Piedmont High School student body cheer during the season opener for basketball against Deer Creek earlier this season.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

When it comes to Piedmont, athletics is usually the first thing that comes to mind.

But, another thing which drives opposing teams crazy during any sporting event at Piedmont High is the following of students which turn out for every sporting event.

With their creative chants and fierce loyalty to one another, it’s not hard to see what drives the success of Piedmont Wildcat and Lady Wildcat athletics. Read more →

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