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Archive for: April 2015

Hardy, McKinney qualify for state

Blake Colston

EL RENO — Piedmont golfers Kasidi Hardy and Kayla McKinney are headed for the state tournament.

Both players fired 28-over-par 100s at 5A West Regionals at El Reno’s Crimson Creek Golf Club on Thursday to qualify as individuals for next week’s 5A State Tournament at Scissortail Golf Club in Claremore set for Wednesday and Thursday.

Photo by Jamie Hill Kayla McKinney, left, and Kasidi Hardy pose after qualifying for next week's state tournament.

Photo by Jamie Hill
Kayla McKinney, left, and Kasidi Hardy pose after qualifying for next week’s 5A State Tournament in Claremore.

Hardy and McKinney took second and third among individuals. Brittney Belden of Guymon took first with a 94.

Remains found in Grady County identified as missing Piedmont teen

Anne Hill

Anne Hill

By Becky Pearce

The remains found in Grady County earlier today have been identified. According to News9, authorities have confirmed the remains are those of Anne Hill who went missing over a year ago on April 11, 2014.

The McClain County Sherrif’s office learned of a skull found in a rural area just south of Goldsby, Okla. near State Highway 74 and W. Ladd Rd.

Two local teens have been arrested in connection with Hill’s disappearance. On Oct. 16, Oklahoma County prosecutors filed charges against 16-year-old Chadd Raymond and Chloe Thomas, 16, both of Oklahoma City. Read more →

Mary Ellen Simmons

Mary Ellen Simmons

Mary Ellen Simmons

Mary Ellen Simmons passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in Okla. City.  She was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma to Harry Lytle and Minnie Dean Jones Forney on September 23, 1922.  She graduated from Kingfisher High School and attended Phillips University. She married Jack Bruner Simmons on July 29, 1941 in Wilburton, Oklahoma. Their children were Jack Bruner Simmons, Jr. and James Mulcahy Simmons whom they raised on the family farm.

Jack and Mary Ellen lived a short time in Los Angeles, California, then after World War II spent the remainder of their lives farming and ranching southwest of Cashion.  Mary Ellen was an accomplished seamstress making many of Jack’s and her son’s suits and dress shirts. She devoted herself to maintaining her home, raising her family and helping Jack on the farm.  She was active in several clubs, Eastern Star and the Methodist Women’s Circle, and enjoyed serving as a state officer in the Home Demonstration organization.  Mary Ellen was a member of the Cashion United Methodist Church for many years. Read more →

Spencer closes illustrious career in style

Thomas Spencer

Photo by Bill Nixon Thomas Spencer leaves Piedmont as the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 26

Blake Colston

Early season frustration turned to late season jubilation for Piedmont senior soccer player Thomas Spencer last week.

After spending much of the season in a goal-scoring slump, Spencer erupted for five goals in the Wildcats’ 7-4 win at Lawton Eisenhower April 20.

Spencer, Piedmont’s all-time leading goal scorer in program history with 25, had two goals in the first minute of the game and a hat trick by the sixth minute.

“When the third one when went in, I knew it was going to be a good night,” Spencer said of the early hat trick, which matched his previous goal total on the season.  “Dax Hampton just kept giving me good balls and one thing led to another. I’d look up, see the keeper off line and put it in back post.”

It only seemed natural for the most prolific goal scorer in Piedmont soccer history to put home a program-best five goals in one game, but until the Ike game, Spencer had never recorded a hat trick. Read more →

Burris does it all for Piedmont track

Blake Colston

If the pentathlon were offered at Oklahoma high school track meets, Piedmont girls head track and field coach Jon Bakewell says Kylie Burris would probably sign up.

“She wants to do any event I can get her in,” he said.

It’s a blessing and a curse for Burris, who competes in the maximum allowed events each meet – four – the 400, 800 and 1600-meter relays along with her specialty, the high jump. Kylie Burris

“When you’re in two relays and then you’re having to come back and jump after you’ve just run hard – that’s not easy to do,” Bakewell said.
Burris, a sophomore, does it still, though. She made it to state in the high jump as a freshman with a jump of 4’10. She’s not met that mark yet this, but believes she will.

“I’ve been working a lot on my form lately,” Burris, who’s dealt with nagging injuries this season that have slowed her progress, said. “If you have good technique you can get up there.” Read more →

Piedmont drops heartbreaker to El Reno

Blake Colston

Koy Priddy

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont second baseman Koy Priddy makes a throw to first base on Wednesday,

The Piedmont baseball team had a crucial district victory over El Reno in its hands Wednesday night.

Then it didn’t.

Trailing 1-0, El Reno scored a pair of unearned runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 2-1 lead and held on to win by the same margin in a swiftly played 1:32 game. The Indians improved to 16-15 with win while Piedmont fell to 14-13. The result kept the district standings and playoff positioning jumbled.

“We got the ground balls we needed, we’ve just got to make plays right there,” Piedmont head coach Kory Williams said of the seventh-inning meltdown. “It just wasn’t our day.”

Starting pitcher J.J. Rogers, who earlier in the day signed with Seminole State College, took the hard-luck loss for Piedmont throwing a complete game while allowing just four hits and surrendering no earned runs. Read more →

Rogers inks with Juco power Seminole State

Blake Colston

J.J. Rogers thanked a long list of people as he signed his letter of intent with Seminole State College’s baseball program Wednesday afternoon at Piedmont High School.JJ Rogers

He thanked them with good reason, but Rogers’ determination had as much to do with the signing as anything.

“J.J. never gets flustered, he doesn’t show emotion and has a bulldog mentality out on the mound,” Piedmont Head Coach Kory Williams said. “He’s very tough and a great competitor.”

Rogers chose Seminole over Mid-American Christian, Redlands Community College and Southern Nazarene University, which extended a last-minute offer on the day of his signing. The last-ditch effort from SNU didn’t phase Rogers, though. Read more →

Anderson aces first marathon

Blake Colston

John Anderson
OKLAHOMA CITY –– Piedmont All-State cross country runner John Anderson wanted a challenge.

He found one and owned it.

Anderson took part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday, crossing the finish line in 22nd place overall and second in his age bracket (11-19) in a time of 2:59.40 in the first full marathon of his life.

“I was aiming for under three hours, which I just barely got,” he said. “It’s definitely rewarding, because most people can’t even wrap their heads around running that far.”

Since his impressive finish, Anderson said his phone has been busy.

“Which has been really nice,” he said. “I had family and friends call me to wish me luck before the race and congratulate me afterwards.” Read more →

Charles Edward Cagle

Charles CagleCharles Edward Cagle, 77, died at home in El Reno, Oklahoma, Friday, April 24, 2015. He was born on October 4, 1937, to Charles Fay Cagle and Doris Irene Purinton Cagle at Caglesville, Arkansas.

Charles’ newspaper career began in the middle of an ice storm on December 24, 1947, when The Harrison Arkansas Daily Times gave him a 35-person route. During the time he was there, he worked in just about every department. Charles also served for four years in the U.S. Air Force.

In 1975, Bill Retherford, owner of Retherford publications, hired him as an ad sales rep for Neighbor Newspapers. He eventually became General Manager after serving as Advertising Manager/Director. He worked 32 years for Neighbor Newspapers. Following the death of Mr. Retherford, Charles relocated to the Oklahoma City area to work for Roger Pugh, owner of Hometown News, Piedmont-Surry Gazette in Piedmont Oklahoma. In June 2010 Steve Eldridge, owner of Metro Publishing (Senior News & Living), offered him a position as Senior Director of Advertising in the Metro area. Charles dedicated over 60 years to mastering the craft of newspaper.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Vickie Carol Kevan of Cushing, Oklahoma. He married Sandra Sue (Lewis) Cagle March 14, 1986, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife and five children: Charles Randle Cagle of Tulsa, OK; Susan Annette Smith and husband Luke of Drumright, OK; Carla Joan Traupman and husband Mike; James Edward Cagle and wife Jennifer of Garland, TX; and Donald Bradley Cagle and wife Stephanie of Tulsa, OK. Two stepchildren: Heather Lee Haws and husband Eric of Broken Arrow, OK and Billy Wayne Hobbs III and wife Tambi of Collinsville, OK. Charles had 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services pending.

Piedmont rides two-out hits to win over Enid

Blake Colston

EDMOND — Piedmont rode an up and down wave of momentum and wound up on top against Enid on Saturday at the Edmond Classic at Edmond Memorial High School.


Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont pitcher Tyler Anderson makes a throw to first base as an Enid runner hustles down the line on Saturday in Edmond.

In the resumption of a suspended game from Friday, Piedmont trailed 3-1, took an 8-3 lead with a seven-run fifth, then held on for an 8-6 win over the Plainsmen.

“I didn’t feel like we had a lot of life to begin with, so we needed some things to happen for us,” PHS head coach Kory Williams said. “Guys came through when we needed them to today and kind of blew the game open for us.”

Piedmont’s fifth inning explosion began with a one-out RBI single from Marshall Wallace that scored two runs and tied the game at 3. The Wildcats followed with three straight two-out hits to score runs and expand the lead to 8-3. Read more →

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