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Archive for: February 2015

The Great Escape: Largent wins state title at 182 pounds with OT escape

Blake Colston

OKLAHOMA CITY — Piedmont’s Brody Largent had no other option.

Tied 1-1 with Shawnee’s Thomas Shepard in sudden death overtime in the 182-pound state championship match at the 5A wrestling tournament Saturday night at State Fair Arena, Largent had to break Shepard’s grasp or lose. Largent did, scoring the most important point of his career to claim a 2-1 win and his first state title in the last match of his career.

“I feel like I’m on cloud nine right now — nothing but smiles,” he said. “I feel incredible.”

Wrestling towards the edge of the mat with less than 20 seconds remaining in regulation time, Shepard turned Largent onto his stomach, and at least momentarily seemed poised to hold Largent down and claim the title. But Largent used a quick move to break free and earn the cherished point.

“There towards the end he had me broke down on my stomach. I was worried, I knew I had to do something to get up,” Largent said. “I turned around, stood up and I knew right then that I had just won the state championship.”

A week earlier, Largent faced an identical position against Shepard in the regional final, but wasn’t able to escape and lost. That, he said, set him up to win this time.

“My dad and I both said right after regionals that whatever happened there was a blessing,” he said. “It gave me a reality check. I knew what I had to do and knew what was coming.”

Largent becomes Piedmont’s second state champion in as many seasons, joining 2014 state champion Blaine Culp.

“Brody has worked so hard to get to this position,” Piedmont head coach Erik Ford said. “It’s huge for him to accomplish this goal that he set 10 years ago when he first started wrestling.”

Earlier in the week, Largent and Piedmont’s coaching staff discussed what his celebration might look like if we won. But when the moment came it didn’t go exactly as planned, or anything like it all even.

“I don’t think I stuck to any of it,” he admitted. “I think I just kind of went with the flow.”

Largent clinches berth in state title match

Blake Colston

OKLAHOMA CITY — Bent over with hands on hips, Brody Largent’s jubilation overcame his physical exhaustion.

“Unbelievable, I’m on top of the world right now,” he said  after his 7-2 win over Christian Campbell in the semifinals of the Class 5A state wrestling tournament at State Fair Arena.

With the win, the 182-pound senior clinched a spot in the state finals tomorrow night against Thomas Shepard of Shawnee, and advanced one step closer to fulfilling a lifelong goal of winning a state title.

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Largent, who earlier in the day beat Sam Dawes of Coweta in overtime of a defensive match, went on the aggressive from the start against Campbell. He scored a 2-point take down, then parlayed a seldom-used move into three near fall points to take control of the match.

“He hits a five-point move there in the second period on a move I’ve seen him hit maybe once or twice in his career,” Piedmont head coach Erik Ford said. “That’s the beauty of the state tournament, it brings out your library of wrestling moves.”

Largent coasted to victory from there. He won’t celebrate for lone, though, he said. Instead he’ll turn his attention to Shawnee’s Shepard, who edged Largent 3-2 in overtime at regionals last week. Read more →

Winter weather causes postponements for Piedmont bsaketball

Blake Colston

A winter storm affecting the Oklahoma City metro and a large portion of the state has forced the postponement of several 5 and 6A basketball regionals scheduled for today and Saturday.

Included in those postponements are both the Piedmont boys and girls basketball games scheduled for today and Saturday.

The Piedmont boys were scheduled to travel to Lawton for a 6:30 p.m. game against Lawton Mac tonight, but that game has been postponed with a makeup date yet to be determined. Although not official, The Lawton Constitution reported the game would likely be played Monday or Tuesday night.

Likewise, the fourth-ranked Piedmont girls’ game against Lawton Ike set for Saturday afternoon has also been postponed with a makeup date still to be determined.

The Class 5A state wrestling tournament remains mostly unaffected, however. Only one slight change to the schedule has been announced by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. Saturday’s finals will now start at 4:30 p.m.

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Piedmont girls throttle Duncan in regional opener

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Bre Reid tries to power past a Duncan defender in the first half of the Lady ‘Cats 64-38 victory over the Demons Thursday night in Piedmont.

Blake Colston

Plenty was on the line for No. 4 Piedmont Thursday night at Collett Fieldhouse. If the Wildcats lost to Duncan, their season was over long before they intended.

Playing on a senior night pushed back to their postseason opener due to winter weather, four Piedmont seniors made sure the Lady Wildcats were never threatened in a 64-38 pasting of the Demons, led senior by Bre Reid’s 18 points.

“We’ve been having some slow starts lately, and I think starting the playoffs with a fast start was good for us,” Reid said of Piedmont’s 20-4 lead after a quarter. “Getting up so much — it was good. This was a great win. It built a lot of confidence for us.”

Reid and Piedmont’s other seniors — Hayden Priddy, Kayden Carver and Mina Iyaye all started and scored Thursday night in a nearly flawless performance. Carver scored six points in the first half, Priddy added five and Iyaye four. With a comfortable lead, the foursome watched most of the second half from the sideline. Read more →

Piedmont boys travel to Lawton Mac; girls host Duncan in playoff openers

Blake Colston

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont freshman Adokiye Iyaye scored 43 points against Lawton Mac the first time the two teams met in Lawton.

Postseason basketball comes to Piedmont Thursday night.

The No. 4 Piedmont girls (18-4) have a relative breather in the opening round of the regional playoffs, as Duncan comes to Collett Fieldhouse for an 8 p.m. tip.

The Lady Demons bring with them a 3-18 record and have just one win in the last month.

Assuming Piedmont advances, it will likely face a tougher test in 5A No. 15 Lawton Ike (10-12) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Eagles are led by senior forward Crystal Polk, who averages 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Boys face
MacArthur Friday
What a time for a rubber match.

The No. 19 Piedmont boys travel to Lawton to take on No. 16 MacArthur Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Each team has won on the others home floor this season, with Piedmont (8-14) winning the most recent game, 76-70, behind a 43-point performance from Adokiye Iyaye. MacArthur (9-14) won the first meeting, Dec. 5 in Piedmont, 69-62. But this game means more than the others.

The winner of the game will likely face 5A No. 2 Lawton Ike, Saturday at 7 p.m., while the loser’s season is over. Eisenhower (18-4) hosts Durant (3-14) Friday night.

Piedmont sends six to 5A State wrestling tournament

Photo by Julia Henry
Piedmont’s Tyler Banks wrestles Western Heights’ Cesar Castanon at regionals in Duncan.


Blake Colston

For six Piedmont wrestlers, the stakes won’t get any higher than they’ll be this weekend.

Brody Largent, Francisco Lopez, Michael Lopez, Tyler Banks, Wyatt Lewis and Logan Chappell all have a chance to claim state titles at the Class 5A wrestling tournament held at State Fair Arena Friday and Saturday.

Piedmont’s best hope to bring home a title is 182-pound senior Brody Largent. Largent brings an impressive 37-5 record into his first round match with Sam Dawes of Coweta. Dawes (24-3) is the first hurdle between Largent and a dream he’s been chasing all season.

“This is what he’s had in his mind all year long,” Piedmont head coach Erik Ford said. “The moment is approaching fast. (Brody) is the caliber of kid it takes to win it, but he needs to go wrestle three really good matches in a row.”

If Largent gets by Dawes, he would face either Austin Baldwin of Altus or Christian Campbell of Pryor in the semifinals. With a potential rematch with Shawnee’s Thomas Sheppard, who beat Largent at regionals, in the state finals.

Chappell, meanwhile, is only the third Piedmont freshman to ever qualify for the state tournament, joining Reece Henry and Coulton Parker. He’ll face Bennett Moudy of Coweta (34-5) in the first round.

At 126 pounds, Michael Lopez opposes Pryor’s Logan Litke (38-11). It’s a tough first round draw, but Ford has learned to have faith in Lopez, even in tough spots like this.

“A loss at regionals put us on a bad side of the bracket. But with Mike you never know,” Ford said. “I expect him to wrestle well and I’ll never count him out. He’s proven me wrong too many times.”

Despite taking first at regionals, Francisco Lopez’s road to a title won’t be easy, either. The 145-pound weight class is perhaps the toughest in Class 5A, highlighted by the fact Lopez will face a returning state champion in the first round. Justin McGinnes (17-1) of Glenpool was a champion in 4A last year, and is out for a 5A title this season.

“Francisco is definitely one of the top kids in the state, but he’s at one of the toughest weights in the state, too” Ford said. “I expect him to shine under the lights, though.” Read more →

Carver a workhorse for Piedmont basketball

Blake Colston/Gazette

Blake Colston

Piedmont senior Kayden Carver might be graciously listed as 5-foot-9, but in reality she’s not that tall.

So this fall when it came time for Carver to slide up to the power forward position to make room in the starting lineup for talented sophomore Maddie Sperle, she knew it would take time to get used to guarding bigger, longer players. Carver doesn’t look the part of a post player, but she’s learned how to play like one.

“It’s different for me, so it’s taken a lot of adjusting,” she said. “But it’s fun, I like it.”

Like each of her senior counterparts and the rest of the Lady Wildcats’ team would have, Carver made the move without hesitation because it was best for the team.

“She accepted the move. She wanted to do whatever she needed to do to help the team win,” Piedmont head coach Jamie Hill said. “She would ask questions in practice to try and get better there every day, and I think it’s been a positive shift for her because she can contribute so many little things for us.” Read more →

Piedmont City Council meeting cancelled

The regular monthly meeting of the Piedmont City Council, scheduled for tonight, February 23, 2015 has been cancelled due to the weather conditions. The meeting has been rescheduled for 6:30pm, Tuesday, March 3.

St. John wins third and fourth state titles

Blake Colston

EDMOND — Piedmont senior swimmer Conner St. John was determined to close his career with a bang.

So when the two-time state champion came out to defend his state title in the 200-yard individual medley at Edmond’s Mitch Park YMCA, St. John did so to Darth Vader theme music complete with full Vader attire, helmet and light saber included. Following the grand entrance, St. John swam a 1:58.22 to claim his second straight state title in the 200 IM.

“It’s my last time to swim at the state meet, so my dad I decided it would be cool for me to go out with something insanely ridiculous,” he said of the collaborative plan with his father, Jay St. John. The highest seed in each event chooses the music they and their competitors enter the arena to. Read more →

Iyaye leads Piedmont to win at Carl Albert

Blake Colston

MIDWEST CITY —  Mina Iyaye and Piedmont had waited for a game like this one all season long. So when Carl Albert decided not to double team fourth-ranked Piedmont’s 5-foot-10 senior post, Iyaye and the Lady Wildcats knew exactly what to do.

Iyaye scored a season-high 19 points to go with nine rebounds in a 46-35 win over the sixth-ranked Titans that clinched Piedmont’s first ever Suburban Conference title.

“Last year when we played them I wasn’t much of a factor,” Iyaye said. “So I knew that I had to be more confident in my skills, because I’ve gotten better in a year. I needed to open up the game for my team.”

This time, Iyaye was a factor from the first possession of the game. She scored Piedmont’s first four points to help the Lady Wildcats jump out to an 11-3 lead in a game they led from start to finish. Iyaye’s work put Piedmont’s offense in an early rhythm that was only broken for a short time when the Titans switched to a 2-3 zone.  Read more →

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