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Archive for: March 2015

Iyaye named Suburban Conference Newcomer of the Year

Blake Colston

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Adokiye Iyaye led Piedmont in scoring and rebounding as a freshman.

Piedmont freshman phenom Adokiye Iyaye has been honored by the Suburban Conference for his stellar play this season.

Iyaye earned Suburban Conference Newcomer of the Year honors and was named to the Suburban Conference second-team all-league roster, as voted on by the conference coaches Monday night.

“Any time you have an individual award it’s a direct reflection of the team,” head coach Troy Lallemand. “His teammates embraced him and that gave him a comfort level early on. And Adokiye is an amazing player. He’s fun to watch.”

Iyaye led Piedmont in scoring at just less than 16 points per game, while averaging five rebounds and two assists, shooting 65 percent from the floor. Read more →

Tulsa East Central too much for Piedmont in state semis

Blake Colston

TULSA — Piedmont tried to be the first team from Oklahoma to tame Tulsa East Central Friday night at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center, instead it became just another victim.

The Lady Cardinals (25-3) controlled the inside while guards Ashlin Mead and Lauren Billie each put in 17 points to push top-ranked East Central past Piedmont 67-47 in the semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament.

Piedmont’s season ends at 22-5 overall, tied for the deepest postseason run in 57 years. The last Lady  ‘Cat team to advance farther was the 1967 Piedmont squad that captured the program’s only state championship championship.

“Only one team gets to finish the season happy and excited and kissing that gold ball,” head coach Jamie Hill said. “I just told the girls, ‘We’re proud of how far we got. Besides one team in 1967, we’re the one of two teams in Piedmont that has gotten past the first round in the state tournament, so they should be happy.”

Piedmont struggled to match East Central’s size and athleticism inside from the opening tip, and when the Lady Cardinals needed to they went outside for baskets.

“Tonight wasn’t our night. East Central is a great team,” Hill said. “East Central is a great team. They’re very physical, very big. It’s a tough matchup for us. They took us out of our game tonight.”

A night after a red-hot shooting performance, Piedmont couldn’t find the mark on Friday. The Lady Wildcats managed just 28 percent shooting from the field. Piedmont’s leading scorers, Hayden Priddy and Bre Reid went a combined 5-of-22 from the floor.

“We missed free throws, we missed open layups,” Hill said. “Little shots that caused momentum to swing East Central’s way. After being on fire last night, you hope to come out and be somewhat like that again, but it wasn’t our night.”

Piedmont trailed by 13, 30-17, at half, the ‘Cats trimmed East Central’s lead to 12 three times in the second half. But the Lady Cardinals were never threatened.

“We had a short little streak where we tried to switch up defenses,” Hill said. “But at that point it was too difficult because they have good guards that were hitting shots.”

A Priddy performance lifts Piedmont past Tulsa Edison

Blake Colston

TULSA — Piedmont senior guard Hayden Priddy says she doesn’t like to make too many shots in pregame. She prefers to save them for the game instead.

Thursday night against Tulsa Edison in the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center, Priddy saved plenty of shots in a 32-point performance that helped lead Piedmont past Edison 78-47, and into a semifinal matchup vs top-ranked Tulsa East Central Friday at 6 p.m.

Priddy made 8-of-10 shots from the floor, 5-of-5 from beyond the arc, hit all 11 of her free throw attempts and grabbed nine rebounds to spur on the Lady Wildcats’ rout of fifth-ranked Edison, which finishes the season 17-9.

Hayden Priddy talks about her big nighthttps://soundcloud.com/iedmontports/hayden-priddy-talks-32-point-performance

“I always tease my teammates whenever we’re in shoot-around,” she said. “They tell me to shoot and I tell them I don’t want to use them all up. I guess I used the ones I saved tonight.”

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Hayden Priddy dribbles past Edison guard Jonica Hurd Thursday night at the Mabee Center in Tulsa.

Priddy scored 12 points in an up and down opening quarter and found her rhythm early, staking Piedmont to a 22-17 lead after one quarter.

“I dribbled coast-to-coast and scored early in the game and I just said, keep it up,” Priddy said. “Then they started playing my drive and I hit a three, and the next one and the next one…I can’t explain it.” Read more →

Piedmont opens 5A State Tournament vs. Tulsa Edison tonight

Blake Colston

TULSA – No. 4 Piedmont won’t settle for simply playing at the 5A State Tournament this season, the Lady Wildcats want to win there.

Piedmont, which lost its opening round game last season, opens the 2015 state tournament tonight at 8:30 against Tulsa Edison Prep at ORU’s Mabee Center with one goal in mind.

“They’re on a mission. Last year we were kind of in that happy to be there mode a little bit,” Piedmont head coach Jamie Hill said. “This year we’re not just happy to be there, we want to take home a gold ball.” 

Beating sixth-ranked Edison is the first hurdle Piedmont must clear to do that. The Lady Eagles enter the game 17-8 after climbing through the area consolation bracket to reach the state tournament with a 49-45 victory over Claremore.

“They’re very athletic. They rely a lot on their ball pressure turning teams over to get transition buckets,” Hill said of the Eagles. “They have some quick guards who like to drive to the hole and can use either hand. We’re definitely going to have to contain penetration.” Read more →

Yousey claims World Championship in Boston

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Xaley Yousey of Piedmont rows during the World Indoor Championships at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Blake Colston

Xaley Yousey walks the halls of Piedmont High School in relatively ambiguity, her world championship tucked away in her back pocket.

And that’s fine by her.

“I think a few people kind of know, but I don’t think a lot of people really know much about rowing,” she said. “Which is OK, I’m happy with my teammates and family being there to support me.”

A 16-year-old sophomore, Yousey won the World Indoor Rowing Championship at Boston University’s Agganis Arena while representing OKC Riversport Rowing. She finished ahead of 153 other rowers from around the world in the Junior Lightweight division, edging out Lena Reuss of Team Germany by less than a half-second.

“I knew going up there I had to chance win,” she said. “That’s definitely what I wanted to do.” Read more →

Deer Creek sweeps doubleheader from Piedmont baseball

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Piedmont’s Gabe Griffith tries to complete a double play as a Deer Creek runner slides into second base on Tuesday.

Blake Colston

Piedmont left the bases loaded three times in two games, made seven errors and was swept in a doubleheader by district rival Deer Creek Tuesday in Piedmont.

Deer Creek took Game One, 9-2, and held on for a 7-4 win in Game Two. Piedmont brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh inning of the second game, but Antlers’ reliever Bryson Bowers notched a strikeout to end the game. Piedmont dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in district play with the losses.

“I think we’ve loaded the bases eight times this season and haven’t had a hit yet. We need someone to step up,” Piedmont head coach Kory Williams said. “When guys are on base we get tense and press a little. We need to learn to relax and let the game come to us.”

Trailing 3-0 after a half inning in the second game, the Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first. But after a fielder’s choice brought in a run, Deer Creek starter Cole Davis struck out a batter and coaxed a ground ball back to the mound to end the threat.

“So far this year every game we’re playing from behind,” Williams said. “We just have to sit back. I can’t call anything because we have to conserve outs. We need to start playing from ahead.” Read more →

Allen Boyd Moffat

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Allen Boyd Moffat, 81, passed away March 8, 2015. He was born December 18, 1933 in El Reno, Oklahoma to Andrew Moffat and Opal (Ritchie) Moffat. He married Patsy Ann Stout on July 12, 1953, and they shared 61 years of marriage.

Allen was a 1952 graduate of Piedmont High School, and attended Oklahoma State University. Allen spent his life farming and ranching in the community of Piedmont. He was a lifelong member of the Piedmont First United Methodist Church, where he served on various committees including finance, building, & Board of Trustees. He also participated in many civic organizations including the Board of Education for Piedmont Public Schools, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, and he also served as mayor of Piedmont. Professional organizations include Rolling Hills State Bank Board of Directors, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Mid-Continent Coop Board of Directors, Soil Conservation Committee, The National Board of the Continental Dorset Club, Oklahoma Sheep and Wool Producers Board, Canadian County Fair Board, and was awarded the Outstanding Young Farmer, in addition to being named Farm Family of the Year.

Allen was preceded in death by his father Andrew Moffat, his step-father Roy Garten, and his mother Opal Moffat Garten. Read more →

Marilyn J Shipley

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Marilyn Joy Shipley, a former resident of Piedmont, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Marilyn lost a longtime battle of multiple illnesses and complications of pneumonia. She passed peacefully with her children at her bedside.

Marilyn was born April 11, 1933 in Tulsa, OK. In her later life she lived in Piedmont for about twenty years and worked with young children at Piedmont FBC Preschool and TLC Child Care Centers. She had relocated to Tulsa, OK in the past decade and spent the remainder of her time in the area. Marilyn loved the cheerfulness of daisies, had a special fondness for Schnauzers, greatly enjoyed having her hair styled, and savored peppermint bark and ginger snaps. She will be remembered lovingly by family and several friends from the Piedmont area.

Marilyn is survived by her older sister Eleanor Graham of Simi Valley, CA; son Randy Blevins and wife Pam of Tulsa; son Danny Blevins and wife Stacy of Independence, KS; son David Blevins of Independence, KS; daughter Cindy (Blevins) Hasse of Tulsa; and eight grandchildren: Rebecca (Blevins) Anderson of Piedmont, Matthew Blevins of Oklahoma City, Sara Hasse of Edmond, OK; Heather Blevins of Ponca City, OK; Naida (Blevins) Enriquez of Sacramento, CA; Renee Blevins of Grass Valley, CA; Shanté (Blevins) Harrelson of Wichita, KS and Steffen Blevins of Wichita, KS. “Gigi” Marilyn also leaves eight great-grandchildren: Aden, Emre, and Ean Anderson of Piedmont, Cierra Smith of Norman, OK; Gracie Harrelson of Wichita, KS; Max Youngblut of Sacramento, CA, and Deneka and Lindsey Wilson of Ponca City, OK. Marilyn was preceded in death by her son, Mark S. Blevins, as well as the father of her five children, Leo P. Blevins.

Memorial services celebrating Marilyn’s life will be set for late spring in Tulsa, OK.

Further information will be provided by the family at a later date.

Piedmont soccer sweeps pair from Harrah

Blake Colston

Goals didn’t come easy for the Piedmont boys soccer team last season, but so far this season, offense hasn’t been a problem.

The Wildcats put home a flurry of goals in a 5-2 victory over Harrah on a cold, wet Monday night at Wildcat Field to improve to 2-0 on the season and increased its goal total on the season to nine.

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Quent Wheeler winds up to deliver a shot in the first half of Piedmont’s win over Harrah.

“We’re finally finishing like I think we can and it’s coming from multiple people,” head coach Zac Selph said. “Which is huge because we got most of our goals from three players last year.”

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Caitlin Lewis, right, and Vanessa Esparsa, right, battle Harrah’s Jenna Graves for a loose ball.

Monday, four different Wildcats found the back of the net. Last year’s returning goal scorer, Thomas Spencer, scored first for Piedmont in the 10th minute, connecting for his first goal of the season. Then, after Harrah tied the game at 1, Quent Wheeler and Kanton Logan scored within a minute of one another, 30 minutes into the game. Piedmont lead 3-1 at half.

“Kanton has been much more creative offensively than he was last year,” Selph said. “And Thomas had a really good all-around game tonight.”

Harrah countered out of half, scoring once and threatening to tie the game. But Hampton, a sophomore, responded with his fourth goal of the season on a well-struck shot from the center of the field roughly 25 yards out.  Read more →

Thomas upsets No. 2 Okarche to take Class A state title

Blake Colston

OKLAHOMA CITY —  Okarche’s bid for its third straight state title fell just short — literally — on Saturday against third-ranked Thomas at State Fair Arena.

Okarche senior Madison Lee scored a game-high 21 points to go with seven rebounds, but her 3-pointer was just short as time expired to give Thomas a 51-50 victory behind 18 points from Anna Cornell.

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Okarche’s Kenadey Grellner tries to drive past Thomas’ McKenzie Billy durin Saturday’s Class A state title game at State Fair Arena.

“Just had a hard time getting the ball to go in the hole today,” Lady Warriors head coach Cherie Myers said of her team’s 35 percent shooting effort one day after shooting 57 percent in a win over Cheyenne/Reydon. “That’s how it goes sometimes.”

Still, Lee willed Okarche, which finished the season 28-2, towards victory late in the fourth quarter. Trailing 49-45 with less than 40 seconds to play, Lee scored a tough hoop in paint to pull Okarche within two. After Thomas hit a pair of free shots, Lee buried a contested 3-pointer from the wing to bring OHS within one with 17.2 remaining. Read more →

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