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Archive for: April 2014

Victory in defeat: PHS soccer falls to DCHS; teams reach playoffs

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Thomas Spencer fires off a shot from outside the box Friday night at Deer Creek High School as Antlers player Mathew Lepak defends during the second half. Deer Creek would eventually defeat the Wildcats by a score of 5-0, but PHS earned a playoff spot despite the loss thanks to Lawton Ike’s victory over Altus.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

It might not have been the way the No. 13 Piedmont Wildcats boys soccer team wanted to end the season Friday night, but they will be the last to argue with the end result following the game.

Despite dropping a 5-0 decision to the No. 10 Deer Creek Antlers, the Wildcats still clinched their first ever playoff berth in history by virtue of a 2-1 victory for Lawton Eisenhower over Altus. Read more →

PHS baseball sweeps El Reno in district

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s JJ Rogers releases a pitch during the first inning Tuesday night at Wildcat Field against El Reno in a district baseball game. Rogers would eventually throw a complete game against the Indians in which he totaled seven strikeouts on the mound for the Wildcats. Piedmont would also win the game in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 walk-off victory in the seventh inning to give them a sweeep over El Reno.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While the weather might have been unseasonably cold Tuesday night at Wildcat Field, the tail end of the district doubleheader between Piedmont and El Reno was anything but.

Down 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Wildcats mounted a rally with two late runs as Bryce McDermott collected a walk-off RBI single to give PHS a 2-1 victory over the Indians, and a district sweep, along with sole possession of fourth place in the district standings.

McDermott’s hit was a long time coming, as he had been making solid contact against Indians starting pitcher Ryan Kouba for the majority of the contest. Read more →

4-18-14: The day my life changed

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

There’s really no simple way to describe what I’ve been through in the past week and a half.

I guess the easiest way to start would be at the beginning for those of you, who have not been informed about the events involving myself and my fiancée Melissa.

Friday April 18, started out as any normal day in our lives.

I accompanied my fiancée to her doctor’s appointment for her ankle at Southwest Orthopedics in OKC, which was followed by her scheduled physical therapy appointment next door at OCOM.

Later this same night I was scheduled to cover the Piedmont soccer teams as they took on Lawton MacArthur for Senior Night at Stout Field. Read more →

Area residents converge on Surrey Hills for neighborhood garage sale

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Charlene Buenetner, of Dover, Tonya Hawk and Tom Haliton, both from Kingfisher drove from house to house Friday afternoon to buy used items at the Surrey Hills neighborhood garage sale. They stopped at this house on N.W. 109th Street to shop.

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
(From left to right) Sophie Hodge, Joy Boese, Elizabeth Hodge and McKinley Hodge opened up their garage to area residents Friday during the Surrey Hills neighborhood garage sale. Their home on Folkstone Drive was one of many homes Friday that sold items out of their driveways and garages.

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Helen Sisco, Katie Johnstonbaugh and Joy Turner had a lot of business Friday during their garage sale on 109th Street. The Surrey Hills neighborhood residents opened up their driveways and garages for a neighborhood-wide garage sale. Canadian County District 1 commissioner candidate Kevin Hopkins paid and sponsored advertising for the garage sale.

City weighs options to solve slow EMSA response times to Piedmont

Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan

Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Since the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) announced its response times to Piedmont would increase last year, the Piedmont fire department has noticed that the average response times to Piedmont have increased, and it has affected the care of some residents in an adverse way.

One response time in particular took 52 minutes. That Piedmont resident died the following day in the hospital.

Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan said not only is the response time too long, but it leaves that person suffering while waiting on help.

“That person is suffering,” Logan said. “Whatever ailment they have that day, they are continuing to suffer until they get the proper treatment and transport to definitive care, which is the hospital. So, the less time we can have that person experiencing that comfort is our goal.” Read more →

Five Republicans, one Democrat vying for commissioner’s seat

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Since the filing period deadline last week, five Republicans and one Democrat have made their bids for the Canadian County commissioner’s seat official. The Republicans vying for the District 1 seat are Surrey Hills resident Marc Hader, Piedmont resident Kevin Hopkins, Yukon resident Scott Deatherage, El Reno resident Wes Higgins and Yukon resident Clifford Lawson. Canadian County Road Foreman Justin Atkinson will represent the Democratic party.

The District 1 seat, occupied by Phil Carson, will be up for grabs since Carson has announced he will not seek another term once his term is up this year.

The primary election for the District 1 seat is June 24. The runoff is Aug. 24 and the general election is Nov. 4.

Earlier candidate and Piedmont City Councilman Bobby Williamson had previously announced his intention to run for Carson’s seat but recently changed his mind.

The lone Democrat in this race, Justin Atkinson, works as the Canadian County road foreman and has been a El Reno resident his entire life. Read more →

Piedmont sweeps NWC in doubleheader

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Marshall Wallace releases a pitch Tuesday afternoon during Game One of a doubleheader against Northwest Classen at Wildcat Field.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

With the season winding down and the playoffs approaching, wins are becoming more and more important for the Piedmont baseball team.

More specifically wins in district play.

Piedmont helped itself out Tuesday afternoon at Wildcat Field, as the Wildcats earned a doubleheader sweep of the Knights from Northwest Classen, in two blowout victories. Read more →

Softball standout Courtney Anderson inks with Rose State

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Courtney Anderson signed a national letter of intent to play for Rose State College Thursday morning. Pictured from left to right, bottom row, Rose State head coach Nickie Williams, Grandmother Linda, Courtney Anderson, Mother Amy Anderson, and Father Dave. Back Row, PHS head coach Rick Scott and assistant coach Bobby Burke.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While Piedmont Lady Wildcat softball standout Courtney Anderson always dreamed of playing college softball, she never knew if it was going to become a reality.

Thursday afternoon though, in front of a standing room only crowd of coaches, friends, teammates, and family, Anderson made her dream come true.

Starting this fall, Anderson will be a member of the Rose State Lady Raiders softball team at Rose State College in Midwest City. Read more →

A winning knight for PHS: Lady Wildcats soccer holds off late rally from NWC

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Vanessa Esparza fights to gain control of the ball against a NWC Lady Knights player during the first half Tuesday night in a district game at Stout Field for the Lady Wildcats.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

With just three games left in the regular season, every opportunity becomes important no matter who the opponent is.

For the No. 12 Piedmont Lady Wildcats, Tuesday night at Stout Field saw them tested, but ultimately able to walk away with a positive result. Read more →

No. 9 Wildcats undone by lone goal vs. NWC

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Kanton Logan looks to send the ball up field as a NWC Knights player defends Tuesday night at Stout Field in Piedmont.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

For the No. 9 Piedmont Wildcats, history will have to wait a few more days.

Seeking their first ever playoff berth, the Wildcats could have earned it with a victory over No. 4 Northwest Classen Tuesday night at Stout Field. Read more →

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