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Archive for: May 2015

Priddy shines for West in All-State Game

Daniel Smola




MOORE – Today was about going out and having fun.

Piedmont’s Hayden Priddy represented the Ladycats in the 2015 Large All-City Girls basketball game on Saturday at Westmoore High School. She helped the West All-State team to a 71-59 victory over the East. Priddy finished the game with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist.

“I thought I played really well,” Priddy said. “I wasn’t expecting to hit that many layups and hit a three; I wasn’t expecting that. And then the steals, it was just a good feeling.”

Priddy was humbled to have the opportunity to play with some of the state’s best.

“It’s a real humbling experience because you never think that you would get to this point,” she said. “You never think you would be an all-stater and it’s really great, I just want to thank God and it’s really cool.”

Priddy was joined on the West All-State team by fellow Ladycat Bre Reid, who did not play in the game due to injury. Priddy was happy to share the experience with her teammate and longtime friend.

“Bre’s been one of my best friends since the 7th grade, so it’s cool that I can just look down the bench and see one of my teammates, even if she couldn’t play.”

She has a few people that she would like to thank for her basketball success.

“God and my parents for always being there,” Priddy said.

Next for Priddy is one more All-State game with the Oklahoma Coaches Association in July and attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University to play basketball for the Lady Bulldogs.


Hill leaving Piedmont for Tulsa Union

Blake Colston

Jamie Hill vowed to leave Piedmont only if the right job was available. On Friday, Hill found that spot.

She accepted the position as Tulsa Union’s girls head basketball coach after four seasons in Piedmont, two as head coach.

“I’m excited for this opportunity and I’m really grateful for the Piedmont administration for giving me a chance when not a lot of people would have,” she said when reached by phone on Friday. “This is going to be a challenge, but it’s going to continue to help me grow as a coach.”

Hill, a University of Tulsa graduate, cited Union’s sparkling facilities, the athletic department’s tradition of success and her love for the Tulsa area as the motivations behind the move.

“Union is one of those places that kind of speaks for itself,” she said. “Most colleges around the state don’t have the kind of facilities that Union does.”

Hill replaces outgoing coach Jim Stacy, who retired after 14 seasons. He led the Redskins to seven appearances in the state tournament and a combined record of 253-132 during his tenure, including a state title in 2007-2008 season. Union went 10-14 overall last season, including a loss to Piedmont at the Edmond Open. The Redskins return four of five starters next season.

In two seasons as head coach at Piedmont, Hill built her resume quickly by going 40-11 with two state tournament appearances, including a state semifinals appearance last season.

“Coach Hill is a very passionate coach who has a plan and a purpose in everything she does. She is smart, driven and understands the vision of our athletic department and Union Public Schools,” Union Athletic Director Emily Barkley told the Tulsa World.

Hill said she began the interview process last week and accepted the job earlier this week. She met with her players in Piedmont this morning to inform them of her decision to leave.

“I wanted the girls to hear it from me and from somewhere else,” she said. “It was tough because I have good relationships with them. I made it clear that they had nothing to do with my decision to leave.”

Piedmont pair leads West to win in Big All-City game

Blake Colston & Daniel Smola contributed to this report


DEL CITY — A trio of Piedmont Lady Wildcats took part in the Big All-City game festivities Thursday night at Del City High School.

Playing together for one final time before each heads off to college, Lady Wildcat seniors Hayden Priddy, Mina Iyaye and Bre Reid helped the West squad to an easy, 89-38, win over the East.

Priddy enjoys night with city’s best

Hayden Priddy represented Piedmont basketball well in the Big-All City game on Thursday night.

The Lady ‘Cat guard came into the game with a few simple goals.

“To not airball was one of my main goals, and to not fall. And I didn’t do either of those so it was a pretty good night,” Priddy said.

Priddy was also happy with the role she played in the game.

“I mean, I probably could have shot a little more, but I’m a point guard and my job is to pass,” she said.

She went on to say that her participation in the the game was a memorable experience.

“It’s crazy. Growing up in a small town, you never thought you would be with some of the best players in the state of Oklahoma, especially with 5A and 6A,” Priddy said. “It’s crazy.”

Her favorite part of the game came when she was on the bench.

“There was one play where it was just bumbled all around and we ended up making it at the very beginning of the game, that was probably my favorite,” she said. “I was sitting on the bench but that was probably my favorite play.”

To play in this game with her teammates, Mina Iyaye and Bre Reid, was also a great experience.

“With Bre and Mina getting to play … it’s a cool feeling to know that three out of the four seniors are here tonight,” Priddy said.

Iyaye happy to play in All-City game

Mina Iyaye soaked in the experience Thursday night.

The 5-foot-10 post player started the game and grabbed four rebounds to go along with two points, but the numbers didn’t matter much to her.

“I think the experience playing against the best players in the city was really cool,” she said. “For me to be on that team was a great honor and I’m really appreciative of it.”

Iyaye and Priddy had the chance to work their inside-outside game one more time, too. Which, Iyaye said is still there.

“You know exactly what she’s going to do and she knows what I’m going to do,” Iyaye said. “It was great to see that our chemistry was still there.”

Iyaye shook off some early rust to put home a soft left-handed putback off the glass to crack the scoring column in the second half, and had a few other chances to score.

“I missed some layups, so that part wasn’t fun,” she said. “But when you look back on it, it’s just fun to get to play with people who you haven’t played with before.”

Iyaye, a class valedictorian at Piedmont, considered playing college basketball throughout her senior season, but for now has decided to focus on her academics at UCO.

“I’m going to see how college goes and from there I’ll see if I can handle it or not,” she said. “I’m really focused on my school.”

Reid enjoys experience, knee continues to heal

Nursing a surgically repaired knee, Bre Reid wanted badly to play in Thursday’s game.

In the end, though, discretion won out.

The Southern Utah University signee dressed, warmed up and took part in the 3-point contest at halftime of the girls game, but didn’t play. Which, for a fierce competitor like herself, left Reid with mixed emotions. Especially with two of her teammates on the floor along so many other metro area girls she grew up playing with.

“It was great to be here to cheer on Mina and Hayden,” she said. “I wish I could’ve played with them. It brought back memories. It was kind of sad, but I still got to be here and not a lot of people get to do that.”

Reid, who admitted her outside shot isn’t the strength of her game yet, hit eight 3-pointers during her turn in the halftime shootout.

She didn’t win — Tia Williams of Norman North won the shootout with a contest-record 21 made 3-pointers in one minute — but still enjoyed the opportunity.

“It was kind of nerve-wracking,” she said. “Coach (Jamie) Hill told me just to have fun with it. It was fun. I’m glad I did it.”

Reid leaves for Southern Utah June 22 to begin the next chapter of her basketball career, and should 100 percent healthy by that time.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “I started jogging this week and I should be into sprinting and everything in two weeks. So I’ll be ready when I head out there.”

Piedmont trio to take part in Big All-City game tonight

Blake Colston

A trio of Piedmont players will take part in the annual girls Big All-City basketball game tonight at 6:30 at Del City High School.

Hayden Priddy, Bre Reid and Mina Iyaye are on the roster for the West team coached by Carlos Adamson of Putnam City West. Priddy and Iyaye are expected to play, but Reid will miss the game while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

There will be a 3-point contest at the halftime of the girls game followed by the boys contest, which will include a dunk contest at half.

Full rosters for the game can be found Here.

Heavy rains, flooding destroy Piedmont’s already worn roads

Storms that brought heavy rains and flooding to the Piedmont area this week have taken a toll on area roads already in poor condition. Below are pictures of three separate areas in Piedmont damaged by record rainfall amounts.

For a full report, see next week’s Piedmont Gazette. All photos were provided by Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan.

Photo by Andy Logan This road at 234th between Cemetery and Frisco shows cracks and craves due to the recent storms.

Photo by Andy Logan
This road at 234th between Cemetery and Frisco shows cracks and craves due to the recent storms.


A portion of this road at 234th between Piedmont and Cemtery Roads has completely collapsed and remains closed.

A portion of this road at 234th between Piedmont and Cemtery Roads has completely collapsed and remains closed.

A portion Frisco Road between 234th and 206th collapsed due to recent heavy rains. It remains closed.

A portion Frisco Road between 234th and 206th collapsed due to recent heavy rains. It remains closed.

Rogers plays in OCABCA All-Star game


Blake Colston

OKLAHOMA CITY — Piedmont’s J.J. Rogers had one goal in Thursday’s annual Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association All-State game at Putnam City High School.

Have fun.

So while he would’ve liked his North team to win — they lost to the South, 4-2 — the experience as a whole was a success.

“Being around all the top guys from around the city area was pretty cool,” he said. “We didn’t win, but it was still fun.” Read more →

Frisby becomes first Okarche player to sign at NCAA level

Blake Colston

OKARCHE — Hunter Frisby proudly sported his Northwestern Oklahoma State colors Tuesday night at Okarche’s All-Sports Banquet inside the high school gym where he became a star.

Frisby wore a dark black suit complete with a bright red tie and his customary bright white smile to the gathering of more than 100. Although Frisby had already officially signed his letter of intent with the Rangers weeks earlier, the night gave friends, family and coaches of Frisby a chance to celebrate the accomplishment with him, which carried with it a bit of history.

Blake Colston/Gazette Hunter Frisby poses with friends, family and coaches Tuesday night in Okarche.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Hunter Frisby poses with friends, family and coaches Tuesday night in Okarche.

When he inked with NWOSU, which plays at the NCAA Division-II level, he became the first Okarche’s boys basketball player to sign with an NCAA school in program history.

“To look back at my freshman year I would have never thought I’d get the chance to go play college ball somewhere,” he said. “And then to be the first male athlete from the basketball program to play in the NCAA, I feel honored to be able to get to do that.” Read more →

Piedmont hosting youth soccer camps in June

Piedmont High School boys head soccer coach Zac Selph and girls head coach Brad Brucker will host a youth soccer camp in Piedmont this summer.

The camp held at Wildcat Field Monday, June 8, and Wednesday, June 10, is for kids ages kindergarten to 12th grade and features an early session ( 8 a.m. to 10) for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, and another for (10 a.m. – noon) for seventh through 12th graders.

All players will receive instruction from current and former Piedmont players as well as the coaching staff.

The camp costs $75 and includes a soccer ball. For more information email zac.selph@piedmontschools.org

Williams not satisfied with 2015 results

Blake Colston

Piedmont’s 2015 baseball season nearly turned out exactly how its senior class and its head coach had hoped it would when the season started – with a state tournament appearance.

But the Wildcats’ offense went flat in the regional playoffs at Chickasha, dooming that dream. PHS scored seven runs in three games, including a 3-2 loss to Chickasha in a game, that had Piedmont won, would’ve given the Wildcats control of the regional.

2015 was the first time in Williams’ five-year tenure at Piedmont that the Wildcats didn’t win at least 20 games and advance to a regional final.

Blake Colston/Gazette Trevin Michael will likely anchor Piedmont's pitching rotation in 2016.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Trevin Michael will likely anchor Piedmont’s pitching rotation in 2016.

“Our goal is to be in the state tournament every year,” Williams said. “I feel like if we don’t get there that we haven’t done our job.”

The offensive struggles during the postseason were emblematic of the entire season. Piedmont pitched well and got runners on base, but couldn’t get them home often enough when it mattered most during a 19-16 campaign.

Williams hopes experience will help what was a relatively young lineup last season, come through with run-scoring hits next season.

“I feel pretty comfortable with the guys we’re bringing back,” he said. “I think we will be better next year. When you’re young you get anxious at the plate and sometimes want to prove things to older players, with a year under their belt I think they’ll have more patience in those types of situations.” Read more →

Smola excited for opportunity with Gazette

Daniel Smola

Daniel Smola

Daniel Smola

Find something you’re passionate about and you won’t work a day in your life. Never forget where you came from.

These are two things I have learned that I take to heart. My name is Daniel Smola. I moved to Piedmont in 1994 and went to school here from kindergarten through high school. I graduated in 2012 and watched this small town grow to what it is today.

I currently attend Oklahoma State University, where I am a junior Sport Media major. I have always had a passion for sports.

I ran track and cross country in high school and played on Piedmont High School’s inaugural soccer team. My experience with high school sports has given me memories that I will have for the rest of my life.

What exactly is it about sports that make them so popular? There are numerous reasons why the sports industry is worth billions of dollars. Read more →

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