A total of seven Piedmont players earned All-District honors as voted on by the District 5A-II coaches.
Leading the way as Special Teams Player of the Year was kicker, punter and placekicker Butch Hampton. Hampton, who is committed to Western Michigan, has been a standout for Piedmont since his sophomore season. He holds numerous school records including longest punt (65 yards), longest made field goal, (44 yards) and most made field goals in a game (three). Hampton booted 56 of his 78 career kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
Piedmont’s first team All-District honorees were wide receiver Hunter Chism and defensive back Heath Beeby. Defensive lineman Kohl Francis, linebacker Cody Winkle and center Austin Rhines each were named as second team honorees.
Defensive back Kanton Logan was named as an honorable mention.
Quarterback Jacob Mullins of Bishop McGuinness was named as the district’s Player of the Year.
Piedmont senior wrestler Tyler Banks wrestled his way to the consolation semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament last season, where he lost in triple overtime by one point.
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Piedmont’s Tyler Banks circles around his opponent during a dual against Deer Creek earlier in his career.
It was a good showing, but not close to satisfying for the now 195-pound senior. So Banks dedicated himself to improving almost immediately afterwards.
“After the state tournament ended and it didn’t really finish the way I wanted it to, I told myself this summer I needed to work extra,” Banks said. “Because I’ve only got one more shot.”
The results of his hard work have shown early this season. He’s 11-1 and captured his first-ever tournament title at the Deer Creek Invitational last weekend.
“He’s wrestling with a lot of confidence, which is he was starting to do last year,” head coach Erik Ford said. “But he’s even taken it up a notch. He’s worked really hard to get better.” Read more →
Piedmont’s Maddie Sperle did her best to will her team to a win Tuesday night against ninth-ranked Carl Albert.
Sperle scored 10 points in the fourth and sent the game to overtime with a runner from 12 feet as time expired, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Shamika Smith scored a game-high 27 points, including the game-winning 3-point play, for the Titans in a 64-57 overtime victory.
Hannah Reasoner shoots a 3-pointer Tuesday night. Reasoner scored 16 points.
Lightning quick off the dribble, Smith proved hard for Piedmont to stop all night, especially when it mattered most. Smith converted a 3-point play with 0:44 to play in overtime that proved to be the eventual game-winner.
The Titans sunk four free throws in the final minute to close out the game as Piedmont scored only two points in the final 1:22 of overtime. The sour overtime spoiled a good comeback at the end of regulation by the Lady Wildcats.
Trailing 47-42 with 1:42 to play, Hannah Reasoner knocked down a 3-pointer to bring PHS within two. Trailing by three with 17.6 remaining, Sperle absorbed contact underneath the basket and finished to bring the ‘Cats within one. Her subsequent free throw evened the score at 49. Sperle finished with a team-high 17 points.
After a timeout, Smith countered with a bucket of her own to give the Titans a 51-49 lead with 5.5 remaining, setting the stage for Sperle to dribble nearly the length of the court before launching her game-tying shot. Read more →
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Piedmont’s Dylan Meador locks with his opponent at center circle in his match.
Piedmont wrestling overcame an early 18-3 deficit to earn a 43-30 victory over the Del City Eagles on Tuesday night at Piedmont High School.
The Wildcats turned the tide of the dual in its sixth match, when Aria Mazroy (106 lbs.) dominated the Eagles’ Ethan Wells 13-2. The next four matches ended in the first period, all Wildcat victories by pinfall.
“In a dual, everything is about momentum,” coach Erik Ford said. “I knew coming into those lower weights that I felt like we had the upper hand. We’ve got some really good kids, and if you’re not ready to go wrestle them, they’re gonna do just what they did. Read more →
Piedmont Police Chief Scott Singer said his department knows of no credible threat, but police will make a strong presence at Piedmont schools Monday in response to a threat investigated several weeks ago and that threat’s reference to Dec. 14: the date of the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings.
Following the department’s investigation of the threat, the findings of the investigation were turned over to the District Attorney’s office. Singer said because the matter involves a juvenile, he could not specifically say if, or how the youth involved was being monitored. Read more →
EDMOND — Piedmont’s offense went from dead in the water to unstoppable Friday afternoon at Edmond Santa Fe in the second round of the Edmond Open.
Maddie Sperle tries to find open space against Edmond North Friday afternoon.
Unfortunately, Piedmont was too far behind to seriously threaten Edmond North in a game the Huskies won, 61-54, behind 13 points from Kamri Heath.
“The girls did a good job of trying to make sure we stayed with them the entire time,” head coach Jordan Stark said. “We just needed a moment where the momentum kept going our way.”
Trailing 29-24 at half, the Lady Wildcats went cold on offense in the second half. Piedmont scored just three points during a six-minute stretch while North built a 14-point lead in the third quarter.
“They started trapping us and we didn’t adjust well off of it,” Stark said. “It took a while for the girls to adjust to it, once we did, it wasn’t a problem for us.” Read more →
Piedmont City Councilman Bobby Williamson was hospitalized Thursday after he fell following a dizzy spell.
He has been admitted to Integris Hospital where he is undergoing tests to determine the problem.
Williamson said he suffered additional episodes at the hospital and has been battling nausea since arriving at Integris.
The councilman said a CAT scan and MRI turned out normal, but doctors are doing additional testing before ruling out a mini stroke. He is also being medically treated as a stroke victim. He suffered such a mini stroke last year while working on a project out-of-state for his Piedmont Glass Company.
Updates will be posted as they become available.
EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe forced ratcheted up its pressure in the second half and outscored Piedmont 36-15 en route to a 69-47 win over the Wildcats in the opening round of the Edmond Open.
Addaryl Quinn, right, tries to drive past Edmond Santa Fe defender Tiyler Knight.
Class 6A No. 10 Santa Fe led by just one at half, 33-32, and had forced only three live-ball turnovers from Piedmont, but that all changed in the second half.
“When you press a team for four quarters, it wears you out,” Piedmont head coach Troy Lallemand said of the cumulative effect the Wolves’ pressure had. “When you get tired you lose your mind and we just got careless with the ball. Credit to them, that’s what pressure will do to you.”
Santa Fe got a team-high 11 points from Tuariawn Knight and 10 more from Marcell Morrison to lead a balanced Wolves’ attack. Edmond opened the second half on a 15-2 run and never looked back. Read more →
OKLAHOMA CITY — For the second consecutive season, Piedmont will have a representative at the Warren Spahn Award Gala in Oklahoma City set for Jan. 28 at the Jim Thorpe Museum & Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Lady Wildcat softball player Kassidy Scott has been selected as one of five female athletes from Oklahoma to receive the Michele Smith Outstanding Student Athlete Award this year. Michelle Brandon of Piedmont received the honor last season.
Joining Scott are Putnam City’s Alexis Perry, Macey Fisher of Bridge Creek, Kelsey Gore of Chickasha and Nykiah Hines from Oklahoma City Millwood.
The Michele Smith Awards, sponsored by the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center, are presented annually to the state’s top high school softball players and coaches. The Michele Smith Award is named for former Olympic pitcher and Oklahoma State University All-American Michele Smith. A two-time United States Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year, Smith is a member of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Read more →
Piedmont let a fourth quarter lead slip away Tuesday night against Shawnee. Maybe just so they’d feel more comfortable.
The Wildcats used 30 points from sophomore Adokiye Iyaye, 16 from Blake Owens, another sophomore, and a trio of 3-pointers from Ben Eck, a senior, to win a 74-72 overtime thriller from the 15th-ranked Wolves.
Adokiye Iyaye tries to finish through a trio of Shawnee players Tuesday evening at Collett Fieldhouse.
Iyaye added his final four points in overtime, including two from the line with 26.9 seconds remaining that proved to be the game-winner. Shawnee’s last shot rattled out and after Trevor Bailey made 1 of 2 free shots with 2.3 seconds remaining, the Wolves threw the ball out of bounds as time expired.
“This is the most resilient group I’ve ever been around,” head coach Troy Lallemand said after Piedmont’s first win of the season in three tries. “Our ability to always come back… It’s like we should start the game down 10. What I told them was, we have to stop putting ourselves in a position to have to come back.”
It didn’t appear a comeback would be necessary Tuesday. After trailing by two at half, 34-32, Piedmont took the lead and widened it to five by the start of the fourth quarter. The ‘Cats lead shrunk to 56-55 with 4:55 to play, though, and with 1:32 left, Shawnee surged ahead 64-63. Read more →