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Archive for: April 2015

Piedmont soccer gets senior night victory

Blake Colston

Piedmont’s nine-man senior class had a big game Friday night in the final home game of their careers.

Seniors Thomas Spencer and Freddy Lopez each scored goals, Chad Weemhoff was solid in goal and Quent Wheeler and Jake Loper played stellar defense in Piedmont’s 2-1 win over Duncan.

Blake Colston/Gazette Dax Hampton tries to control the ball from a Duncan player on Friday.

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Dax Hampton tries to control the ball from a Duncan player on Friday.

“This game kind of showed what we’ve been looking for four years here,” head coach Zac Selph said. “Even when things went against us, even though our typical starters weren’t in the game, there was never a complaint. Everyone was cheering for everyone. It’s what we’ve been working towards.”

Lopez, who doesn’t normally start, got the call in his final home game and delivered Piedmont’s first goal of the night with 30:06 to play in the first half. It was just Lopez’ second goal of the season and his career.

“That could be the best shot he’s ever had in a game,” Selph said. “It was a nice shot. Very, very, happy for him.”

Spencer provided what proved to be the game-winner on a penalty kick at the 34:38 mark of the second half. It was Spencer’s ninth goal of the season and the 26th of his illustrious career.

“He got in the box and for one reason or another they called the PK and that was that,” Selph said. “Nice to see Thomas go out on a high note.” Read more →

Harley Allen Miller

Miller-obit-picHarley Allen Miller, 75, of Oklahoma City OK, was welcomed into the arms of his Savior on April 24, 2015, following a lengthy hospitalization. Born September 30, 1939, “Allen”, son of Harley and Helen Miller of Stillwater, OK, is survived by his wife, of the home, Michaela (Mickey), daughter Rene Marie Craig and husband Earl, along with their sons Jerod, Dillon, Kevin and Trevor of Cashion, son Todd Emerson Miller and wife Michelle Lynn, along with their sons Harley and Jackson of Cashion. He is also survived by his step children, son Rob Witmer of Arvada Colorado, Shelly Jones and husband Lynn and their daughters, Katie and Nicole of Yukon and Patrick Harris and wife Tami and daughters Madison, Rylee and Teagan of Indian Lands South Carolina. He also has surviving brothers O.D. Miller and Jack Miller and sisters Sara Brooks and Bonita Petty. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as one beloved son, Brett Allen Miller, previously of Oklahoma City.

Harley spent decades working for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring from his last position in Cashion Oklahoma. He enjoyed traveling with Mickey, having recently enjoyed trips to Alaska and the Panama Canal as well as time spent with and at various activities that included his church and Sunday School classmates.

Memorial services will be conducted at New Hope Methodist Church, 11600 N. Council Road, Oklahoma City, OK on Tuesday, April 28th at 11:00 AM, with a private family ceremony for interment at a later date.

Piedmont baseball drops two at Edmond Classic

Blake Colston

EDMOND — Piedmont hit into a season-high four double plays and stranded six runners in a 4-1 loss to 6A Edmond Santa Fe in the opener of the Edmond Classic Thursday at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

Piedmont managed nine hits off Wolves’ starter Cameron Kay, who lasted 6 2/3 innings, but seemingly each time a ‘Cats rally began, they rolled into a twin-killing that ended the threat.

“Those were inning killers,” PHS head coach Kory Williams said. “You’d get a lead off hitter on and we’d barrel a ball up and it’d go right at them. Credit them, they made the plays.”

Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont starting pitcher delivers a pitch in Thursday's game against Edmond Santa Fe.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont starting pitcher delivers a pitch in Thursday’s game against Edmond Santa Fe.

Piedmont had its lead off batter reach base in the first and second innings only to be erased by a double play, and had a sixth-inning rally ended by another.

Santa Fe scored in the bottom of the first off starting pitcher J.J. Rogers when a Piedmont throwing error allowed runners from second and third to cross home with two outs. A passed ball and a sacrifice fly from Garrett Russell in the third gave the Wolves a 4-0 lead.

“The first inning killed us,” Williams said. “You take it away and we feel like we’re right there.” Read more →

Hardy closing junior season with a bang

Blake Colston

Kayla McKinney, left, and Kasidi Hardy pose for a picture at Lake Hefner Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

Kayla McKinney, left, and Kasidi Hardy pose for a picture at Lake Hefner Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

This time of year, bump, set and spike are replaced by drive, chip and putt for Piedmont junior Kasidi Hardy.

A key cog on the Lady Wildcats volleyball team, Hardy picked up golf as a freshman despite having never played competitively before.  She’d played before with her dad, Brock, along with her uncle Joel Heath and cousin Jobi Heath, who plays at Edmond Santa Fe. But Hardy wanted more than just a casual round with family.

“I like a challenge,” she said. “I’m really tough on myself mentally, so it challenged me to keep from getting upset when things don’t go right.”

Hardy likes the change from playing a team sport like volleyball to playing golf, which is mostly individual.

“I like how I’m basically competing against myself,” she said. “But in the end you end up competing against everyone else, too.”

Hardy enjoys working on her game and has improved steadily since her freshman season thanks to a strong work ethic and an even-keeled demeanor.

“She has a nice even-tempo swing, but the main thing is she comes out and practices every day and tries to get better,” Piedmont head coach Jamie Hill said. “She’s very coachable, listens to what I have to say and has a good temperament for golf. Golf is not a primary sport for her, so it’s impressive to me to see how much she’s improved over her three years.” Read more →

Link has career path set after high school

Blake Colston

Golf has been Piedmont senior Brandon Link’s job for the past few years, but soon a different job will give him the opportunity to play golf around the world as a hobby.

Brandon LinkLink, Piedmont golf’s No.2 bag this season, works at Lake Hefner Golf Course – also Piedmont’s practice course – on the weekends.

In July, Link will leave his job at Hefner to officially join the United States Navy as a Master of Arms. He’ll travel to Chicago for two months, then on to San Antonio, and after that, who knows, he said.

“I just loved everything about it,” he said of the career path. “Free travel, free schooling and I get to go see amazing things and do awesome stuff and get paid to do it.”

It’s a selfless calling that each of Link’s teammates and coaches respect and admire Link for choosing.

“We’re all real proud of him for that,” head coach Erik Ford said. “He’s just an outstanding kid that works hard and will be successful.” Read more →

McDermott leads Piedmont past Shawnee

Blake Colston

Led by a 3-for-3 day with two RBIs from sophomore catcher Bryce McDermott, Piedmont (13-10) upended Shawnee, 9-7, Tuesday afternoon in Piedmont.

PHS scored five times in the fifth inning and held off a late Wolves’ rally to earn the win. Trailing 4-0 after a half inning, Piedmont rallied to tie the game at four in the bottom of the first.

A single and two walks loaded the bases with no outs, then McDermott slammed a single to right to play the Wildcats first run. After an error allowed Piedmont’s second run to score, J.J. Rogers singled to center to score Noah Ellis and Tyler Rother to tie the score.

Gazette File Photo Bryce McDermott went 3-for-3 with two RBIs on Tuesday.

Gazette File Photo
Bryce McDermott went 3-for-3 with two RBIs on Tuesday.

Trailing 5-4 into the bottom of the fifth, McDermott and Easton Fenton singled to start a rally. A Shawnee error on a sacrifice attempt from Rogers loaded the bases with no outs and Brayden Nelson followed with a single to tie the score. Marshall Wallace gave Piedmont the lead with a sacrifice fly to right.

Jake Kisling continued the onslaught with a single to right score the Wildcats’ seventh run.

Nelson earned the win by pitching three innings of relief of starter Trevin Michael while striking out five, scattering four hits and allowing two runs, both earned.

It was Piedmont’s fifth win in six tries and snapped a seven-game win streak for Shawnee, which dropped to 22-5 with the loss.

Piedmont opens the Edmond Classic Thursday against Stillwater at 1 p.m.

Piedmont tennis plays at Suburban Conference Tournament

Blake Colston

Blake Colston/Gazette} Jordan Jenkins returns a shot at the net during a doubles match at the Suburban Conference Tournament Monday in Oklahoma City.

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Jordan Jenkins returns a shot at the net during a doubles match at the Suburban Conference Tournament Monday in Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Piedmont’s girls and boys tennis teams took part in the Suburban Conference Tennis Tournament Monday at the Oklahoma Tennis Center at Will Rogers Park.

Leading the way for PHS was the boys No. 1 doubles team of Levi Coleman and Jordan Jenkins. The duo edged Guthrie for third place with a 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 (third set tiebreaker) victory in the consolation finals to capture third.

“I’m kind of upset honestly, because I didn’t think we played very well,” Jenkins, a junior said. “But came through at the end there which was good.”

Playing together for the first time this season, Jenkins and Coleman came through in a third set that was shortened to a first-to-1o points format. Initially, neither player was happy about the decision, but made the best of it in the decisive set. Read more →

Hardy 3rd, Hasley 6th at Suburban Conference Golf Tournament

Blake Colston

Photo by Jamie Hill Piedmont's Dustin Hasley and Kasidi Hardy pose with their medals after Monday's Suburban Conference Golf Tournament in El Reno.

Photo by Jamie Hill
Piedmont’s Dustin Hasley and Kasidi Hardy pose with their medals after Monday’s Suburban Conference Golf Tournament in El Reno.

EL RENO — Kasidi Hardy continued to play the best golf of her career Monday at the Suburban Conference Golf Tournament at El Reno’s Crimson Creek.

The junior fired the low round of her career — a 90 — in breezy conditions to place third overall.

“Kasidi has really worked hard to improve in all areas of her game and she’s starting to show the consistency indicative of a more experienced upper-classmen,” Piedmont head coach Jamie Hill said. “Today she struck the ball well, had a good feel for the greens, limited errors and put together a solid overall round.”

Hardy, who shot a then career-best 91 at Trosper last week, will likely be in contention to qualify for state as an individual at regionals at Crimson Creek April 28 if she can continue her current pace.

“If she plays like this again next week, I’m confident she’ll qualify for state,” Hill said.

Kayla McKinney fired an 18-over-par 90 to finish 12th. Freshman Brooke Chapman shot a 126. Read more →

Esparza a physical presence for Piedmont

Blake Colston

Blake Colston/Gazette Vanessa Esparza plays defense on a Santa Fe South player earlier this season.

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Vanessa Esparza plays defense on a Santa Fe South player earlier this season.

Vanessa Esparza does the dirty work for Piedmont soccer.

Which season is to win 50-50 balls, play physical defense on the opposition’s best offensive players and keep the other team out of Piedmont’s end of the field. It’s a role that Esparza has embraced.

“I really like it, because I like knocking people down,” she said.

Embracing that style of play hasn’t always come naturally for the soft-spoken senior, though. A gymnast by trade from a young age, Esparza never thought of herself as overly physical and she hadn’t even touched a soccer ball until her freshman season at PHS.

“I figured out I was really strong,” she said. “I didn’t really even know that until I started playing soccer.”

Her first two seasons of competitive soccer as a freshman at Piedmont were full of transition . Initially a forward, PHS head coach Brad Brucker moved Esparza into a defensive role as a junior because her personality and power fit the position.  After switching between forward and defense for a few games, Esparza was set as a defender early last season. Read more →

Michael pitches Piedmont to 3rd place at Piedmont Classic

Blake Colston

Trevin Michael

Blake Colston/Gazette Trevin Michael throws a pitch during his complete game shutout on Saturday in Kingfisher.

KINGFISHER — Trevin Michael had everything working Saturday, which left Kingfisher with nothing doing.

Michael fanned seven Yellowjackets in a complete game shutout win to lead Piedmont past Kingfisher in the third place game of the Express Employment Professionals Piedmont Classic at Kingfisher’s Homier Field.

Working both sides of the plate and throwing both his fastball and offspeed offerings for strikes, Michael was dominant.

“That was probably the best game he’s thrown all season,” Piedmont head coach Kory Williams said. “He was at 76 pitches through six innings. He filled up the zone and didn’t walk a lot of guys. He did a great job.” Read more →

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