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Archive for: March 2015

Lee fuels signature performance by Okarche in state semifinals

Blake Colston

OKLAHOMA CITY — Okarche senior Madison Lee’s final trip to State Fair Arena wasn’t going to be a short one.

Robbed of an opportunity to play at full strength at last season’s state tournament because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Lee made up for lost time by scoring 28 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the second-ranked Lady Warriors’ 66-35 dismantling of No. 1 Cheyenne/Reydon Friday night in the Class A semifinals.

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Madison Lee shoots over Cheyenne/Reydon’s Kate Sander in the second half of Okarche’s 66-35 win.

Okarche (28-1) will play Thomas Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with an opportunity to win its third straight state title with a healthy Lee as the catalyst.

“It was really relieving to go play out there with two healthy knees,” Lee said of her season-high scoring performance. “I got in a rhythm and everything was just hitting.” Read more →

Carl Albert tops Piedmont 10-7 in season opener

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Piedmont catcher Bryce McDermott slides into third base ahead of a Carl Albert tag attempt Friday afternoon.

Blake Colston

With the early March snow long gone, Piedmont and Carl Albert opened the 2015 baseball season Friday afternoon at Wildcat Field.

The three-time defending state champion Titans scored three times in the sixth to take a 9-7 lead then held on for a 10-7 victory over Piedmont. Despite the loss, Piedmont head coach Kory Williams was encouraged.

“We battled our tails off,” he said. “I don’t think since I’ve been here we’ve ever gone seven innings with Carl Albert. They’re a good ball club and we battled them hard.”

Playing without injured outfield starters Easton Fenton and Hunter Chism, the Wildcats pieced together eight hits and led twice in the game, but also left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and stranded a pair of runners in the bottom of the sixth while playing from behind. Read more →

Vogt shoots Okarche past Seiling at State

Blake Colston

BETHANY — Bailey Vogt brought a collective sigh of relief to everyone in purple and gold at Southern Nazarene’s Sawyer Center on Thursday.

Vogt scored 28 points — 20 in the first half — on seven 3-pointers to help No. 2 Okarche overcome an early 7-point deficit and roll past No. 5 Seiling 67-43 in the quarterfinals of the Class A State Tournament.

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Bailey Vogt shoots against Seiling Thursday in Bethany.

Okarche (27-1) will face. No. 1 Cheyenne-Reydon Friday night at 9 p.m. at State Fair Arena.

Trailing 7-0 and 13-7 early, Vogt buried three 3-pointers in the first quarter and five in the first half to help the Lady Warriors find their footing against an upset-minded Lady Wildcats team.

“It’s a good feeling to know that I could step up and help the team,” Vogt, a sophomore said. “I was so nervous, but I knew I couldn’t let my nerves get the best of me. After I made a couple I just kind of got the feel for it.” Read more →

Katharyn Jane Jones

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Kathryn Jane Jones, age 75, died March 2, 2015. She was born March 12, 1939 in Ponca City, OK to Loren W. and Eliza Jane (Turley) Myers.

She was a member, and the Church secretary at University Church of Christ in Conway, AR, and Soldier Creek Church of Christ in Piedmont, OK, where she retired.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Carole Line and Nancy Myers, and brother Craig Myers. She is survived by her loving husband, R.D. Jones; son Robert, his wife Andi, and their children Melanie and Robby; son Richard, his wife Lori, and their children Keith and his wife Felicia, Kimberly, Jacob, Michael, and his wife Josie; and son Robin, his wife Diana, and their children Joshua and his wife Jamie, Rachel, and Joseph, as well as four great grandchildren, Logan, Isabella, Luke, and Lennon. She is also survived by two brothers, Keith Myers and Hugh Myers.
Kathryn’s life was dedicated to her family, and the work of the Lord. During her time as a house-parent at Turley Children’s Home in Tulsa, OK during the 1960s and 70s, she guided and mentored many young people through difficult periods in their lives. As her own children got older, she instilled within them that same love of the Lord, and respect for others.

Visitation is Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 1-8 PM at Buchanan Funeral Service. Services to celebrate her life will be 11:00 AM Friday, March 6, 2015 at Soldier Creek Church of Christ in Piedmont followed by a private family committal service.

Donnie “The Governor” Gleichmann

Donnie GleichmannDonovan “The Governor” Gleichmann, 70, of Piedmont, OK, Donnie lost his battle with COPD and passed away peacefully March 2, 2015.

Donnie Gleichmann was born July 15, 1944 in El Reno OK. He is the son of the late Albert and Annabell Gleichmann.

Donnie is survived by his daughter Angela Robertson and her husband Jeff of Oklahoma; a son Leroy Gleichmann and his wife Tonya of Utah; three grandchildren, Audrey Gates and her husband Matt, Archie Ryan Robertson and Meadow Gleichmann; and one great granddaughter, Grace Marie. Nieces and nephews include Renee Linville and Danny Gleichmann and their families.

Donnie was preceded in death by his mother and father and older brother Tommy.

Donnie graduated from Piedmont and served in the National Guard. He worked at Tinker and in Kingfisher, however he was a farmer at heart. He loved to spend time with family and friends. He enjoyed camping, fishing, riding four wheelers and telling stories. Donnie was a tinkerer and could rig up anything and make it work.

Services will held Saturday March 7, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 408 Colorado Avenue in Okarche, Oklahoma. Lunch will be served following the service.

Climbing to the top; A firefighter’s dream

James RobbinsPiedmont’s recently named Firefighter of the Year, James Robbins, is attempting to join 99 other firefighter colleagues from around the country in New York City March 16 to participate in the first annual NYC Firefighter Stair Climb.

The climbers must pay their own expenses, so to help Robbins get there; a page has been set up on GoFundMe, a crowd source funding page, to take donations. His goal on GoFundMe is to raise $1,000 and he is already at $675 by mid-afternoon on Wednesday, March 4.  If you would like to donate, go to http://www.gofundme.com/jamesrobbinspfd.

“Every little bit helps,” his wife, Jennifer Bryant Robbins said in a blog about the short notice effort to put the trip together.

It is New York City’s first stair climb for firefighters only. One hundred firefighters from across the U.S.  are coming together at the World Trade Center site to remember their fallen comrades while raising money for two very important charities, Friends of Firefighters & Hope For The Warriors. The firefighters are going to climb the 72 floors at 4 World Trade Center in memory of the 343 firefighters who gave their lives to try to save others on September 11th. Read more →

Lopez, Chappell place at 5A state tournament

Blake Colston

OKLAHOMA CITY — Brody Largent’s state title was a fitting way to end Piedmont’s 2015 trip to the state tournament.

Largent’s title secured seventh place overall  with 38 points for the Wildcats as a team and gave Piedmont three placers at state. Joining Largent, were senior Francisco Lopez, who finished fourth at 145 pounds, and freshman Logan Chappell who took fourth at 113.

Although Chappell lost the third place match, he still set himself up as one of Piedmont’s top returners next season by becoming a rare freshman placer.

“That kid has a great career ahead of him if he stays focused and motivated,” Piedmont head coach Erik Ford said. “I know he was disappointed he lost the third place match. Hopefully this experience drives him moving forward.”

Chappell beat Collinsville’s Gunner Hamm, 8-0, in the consolation semifinals, then lost to Coweta’s Bennett Moudy 5-2 in the third place match. Chappell beat Moudy 4-2 earlier in the tournament.

Lopez earned a hard-fought 3-1 decision over Altus’ Mikey Abuan to reach the third place match, where he lost to Garrett Chappell of Carl Albert.

“Francisco probably didn’t finish how he wanted to, but he put together an incredible career,” Ford said. “He started wrestling as an eighth grader and now he’s a two-time state placer.”

Lopez’ brother, Michael, lost to Fletcher Edwards of Coweta, 6-5, in his first match on Saturday, eliminating him from contending for a top four finish. Tyler Banks lost a grueling, 3-1, sudden death overtime match to Billy Beyen of Skiatook Saturday morning and was also eliminated.

Collinsville took first as a team in 5A with 112 points to claim its fifth consecutive state title. Coweta was second with a 103.5 and Lawton MacArthur was third with 99.

Reid’s jumper with 2.6 to play lifts Piedmont to victory over Lawton Ike

Blake Colston

Nothing No. 4 Piedmont did offensively during Monday night’s Regional final game against No. 15 Lawton Ike was pretty until it mattered most.

Senior guard Bre Reid hit a fade away jumper in the lane with 2.6 seconds to play to give the Lady Wildcats a 37-36 victory over an Eisenhower squad that led for more than 30 minutes.

Bre Reid talks game winner: https://soundcloud.com/iedmontports/bre-reid-talks-lawton-ike-game-winner 

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Bre Reid drives to the basket Monday night against Lawton Eisenhower.

Piedmont shot just 22 percent for the game, failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time all season and had only one player in double-figures. Reid’s clutch shot cured all of that.

“Amazing, that’s all I can say,” Piedmont head coach Jamie Hill said of Reid, who finished with a team-high 17 points. “She made some killer shots, played some really good defense. It’s a testimony to her as a senior and as a leader. She put the team on her back today.” Read more →

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