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Archive for: April 2016

Piedmont wins resumption of suspended game to clinch regional host

Blake Colston

NOBLE — Piedmont baseball scored five times in the top of the eighth inning to beat Noble, 6-0, Wednesday to clinch second place in District 5A-1 and a regional host in the playoffs.

Blake Colston/Gazette Hunter Chism hits a pitch in a summer game at Edmond North.

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Hunter Chism hits a pitch in a summer game at Edmond North.

In the resumption of a suspended game from April 19 that was picked up in the bottom of the fifth inning, Hunter Chism singled home Bryce McDermott in the eighth inning to provide the game-winning run.

Following the Chism single, the floodgates opened and Piedmont (23-9, 12-2) scored four more times on a two-RBI single from Tyler Rother and a two-RBI double from Gabe Griffith.

Ty Anderson, who started the original game, finished his work Wednesday, scattering four hits without allowing a run to finish with a complete game five-hitter. Anderson worked around a one-out error in the eighth to seal the win.

With the win, Piedmont stays in the race for a district championship. If Shawnee sweeps district leader Guthrie, Piedmont wins the district.

Next up, Piedmont travels to 4A No. 1 Blanchard Saturday for a noon first pitch.

Hardy, Kirkpatrick qualify for state tournament

Blake Colston

GUTHRIE — Piedmont senior Kasidi Hardy is headed back to the Class 5A state golf tournament and this time she has company.

Kasidi Hardy, left, and McKenna Kirkpatrick qualified for the state tournament Tuesday.

Kasidi Hardy, left, and McKenna Kirkpatrick qualified for the state tournament Tuesday.

Hardy qualified for state as an individual last season and did so again Tuesday at Cimmaron National Golf Course at Aqua Canyon in Guthrie. Joining her as a state qualifier this season is junior McKenna Kirkpatrick.

Hardy fired a 96 and Kirkpatrick a 99 to qualify for next week’s state tournament at Chickasaw Pointe in Kingston, Okla.

“We were so excited for them,” head coach Jordan Stark said.

Piedmont pounds Mount St. Mary to win district title

Blake Colston

OKLAHOMA CITY — Piedmont senior Kylie Pyle picked a good time to play her best soccer.

So has her team.

Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont poses to celebrate its second district title in four seasons.

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Piedmont poses to celebrate its second district title in four seasons.

Led by four goals and an assist from Pyle, the Lady Wildcats, winners of eight of nine, coasted to a 5-0 win over Mount St. Mary Monday night to wrap up the district title, their first as a member of Class 5A.

Piedmont also clinched at least one home playoff game.

“It’s really exciting. It’s quite an accomplishment for us and what we’ve been building towards,” head coach Brad Brucker said. “It’s nice to say you’re district champs, but it’s more about what it does for you in the playoffs.”

Piedmont (10-5, 6-1) and Mount St. Mary (11-4, 5-2) each entered Monday with a chance to win the district title, but the Lady Wildcats quickly dispelled any notion the Rockets had of making it a memorable senior night.

PHS scored two goals in the first 14 minutes of the game and led 5-0 by intermission, all spurred on by Pyle.

“That’s what we wanted to do so we could rest some of our significant players,” Brucker said. “We just wanted to be sharp. For the most part I felt like we were. I think we’re playing our best soccer of the year.”

Pyle was instrumental in the run. She scored 11 goals over Piedmont’s final three regular season games and now has 68 in 63 career games.

“It’s really ridiculous. She could’ve easily scored eight or nine today if we had left her in,” Brucker said. “She’s rounding into form and playing the best soccer of her career.”

Piedmont will host Northwest Classen Tuesday night with kickoff likely set for 7 p.m., though Brucker said that was not official yet.

“I’m hoping we can keep this momentum and ride straight into the playoffs with it,” Brucker said. “I’d love to have the biggest crowd of the year to root us on.”

Piedmont 7, Mount St. Mary 2

Stakes weren’t as high in the boys game, but Piedmont found its own motivation.

The goal entering Monday, head coach Zac Selph said, was to win to stay above .500 for the season and for the careers of the senior class.

Mission accomplished.

After falling behind 1-0 early, the Wildcats rallied for seven unanswered goals to cruise to victory and secure a winning season at 8-7 overall behind two goals each from seniors Kanton Logan and Trevor Bailey.

“They did everything I asked of them. They showed up and played for each other,” Selph said. “This is a great way to end the season.”

The Wildcats opened the game by giving up a soft goal in the game’s fourth minute, though.

“When you give up a goal that easy, you always wonder if the motivation is there to play,” Selph said.

Logan silenced those fears with a goal just more than 10 minutes later and created another opportunity that was finished by Alec Pierce with 15:04 until half. Logan added another goal to give PHS a 3-1 lead by half.

“That’s what you expect him to do,” Selph said. “Happy with how he finished his career out.”

Bailey added his goals in the second half after only recently joining the team.

“He’s one of those you wish we had all four years, but we’re happy to see him be successful,” Selph said.

Piedmont splits with Woodward on senior night

Blake Colston

Kylie Pyle continued a torrid late-season scoring streak with a hat trick and Aspen Cope added a pair of goals as Piedmont raced past Woodward, 7-0, on senior night Friday evening in Piedmont.

Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont's Kylie Pyle sets up for a shot in the first half of her team's 7-0 win over Woodward.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Kylie Pyle sets up for a shot in the first half of her team’s 7-0 win over Woodward.

Pyle, who scored four goals in the Lady Wildcats’ 4-1 win at Heritage Hall Tuesday night, picked up where she left off Friday, putting home a goal in the first half and two more — of Piedmont’s six total goals after half — to help the Lady ‘Cats improve to 9-5 overall and 5-1 in district play.

The hat trick brought Pyle’s career goal total to 64 in just61 games.

“Kylie is starting to round into form. She’s striking the ball better,” head coach Brad Brucker said of Pyle, who recovered from offseason knee surgery. “She’s still not in cardio form like she needs to be, so hopefully as we continue to make a push into playoffs her cardio gets a little better.”

With a win at Mount Saint Mary’s next week, Piedmont will win a district championship.

“We took care of tonight and hopefully we take care of Mount Saint Mary’s to set ourselves up with a really good chance of making a run,” Brucker said. “Winning your district really helps you.”

In its last two games, Piedmont has outscored its competition 10-0 in the second half. Friday, Kilie Swanson, Caren Hidalgo, Cope and Pyle all found the back of the net after intermission. Finishing chances, Brucker said, was the only difference from one half to another.

“We didn’t play badly in the first half, we just didn’t finish,” he said. “That’s going to be the story for us. If we can get on a finishing run, we’re going to be a tough out.” Read more →

Chris West takes his campaign to Piedmont

Canadian County Under Sheriff Chris West brought his campaign to become Canadian County’s next County Sheriff to Piedmont last week.

He hosted a large number of local and area residents at a meet and greet at the Piedmont Historical Society where he discussed his background and qualifications, and discussed his reasons for running for Sheriff.

Current Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards decided not to seek a third term.

West, a Republican, drew one opponent, former Canadian County Deputy Sheriff Republican Joshua Moore of El Reno. They will meet in the June 28 GOP primary election, and the winner of that race will be the new Sheriff, as no other candidates emerged from any other party to force a November general election race.

He is a life-long Canadian County resident and graduated from Yukon High School in 1980. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1981 and served with the Corps to 1984. Read more →

Board recognizes state competitors


Scholars – Members of the Piedmont Middle School Academic Team which  placed fourth in the State Competition are, front left to right, are Brooke Heister, Stormey Warner and Tobias Johnson, who was named to the All State Tournament Team.  Back row left  to right, Alex Phan, Brice DiGiacinto. Sydney Deily and Tyce Honer.  Not pictured is is team member Jacob Shropshire, team member, and team coach Nikki Lujan.

Peggy Ormson
Students from Piedmont’s High School and Middle School competing in state competition were given special recognition during the April Piedmont Board of Education.

A large group of students, their parents and families, were in attendance for the recognition of Piedmont students who have distinguished themselves in state competition.

Katherine Stroh, Oklahoma Academic All-State and National Merit Finalist, and Ann Elizabeth Tebow, Oklahoma Academic All-Stater were recognized by the school board, along with the High School Academic Team, consisting of Ashley Moore, Mollie Wilkinson, Wesley Dorn, Blake Thomas, Heath Urton, Jennifer Fallon and Nick Henderson. The PHS Ascademic Team is coached by Mike Eaton, head coach, and Claire Piersol assistant coach, The team finished fourth at the state competition. Read more →

Several area races for county offices develop

Roger Pugh
There will be political races in Canadian County for County Sheriff, and County Commissioner Dist. 2, while Kingfisher County voters will decide a sheriff’s race and a race for County Clerk.

In Canadian County, incumbent County Sheriff Randall Edwards, a Republican, decided not to seek another term and two candidates filed to take his place.

Filing for the post were former Canadian County Sheriff’s deputy Joshua Moore of El Reno and current under sheriff Chris West of Yukon. They will face each other in the June Republican primary, with the winner of that contest becoming the new sheriff since nobody filed for the office from any other party. Read more →

Enns gets Piedmont opponent, four seek state Senate seat

Lucas, Landford all draw opponents, Murphy, Morrissette square off in Corporation Commission race

Roger Pugh

Dist. 41 State Rep. John Enns, 49, (R-Enid), who represents all of the Piedmont-Surrey Hills area, Cashion, and rural eastern Piedmont and western Okarche, drew a Republican primary opponent when Jeremy Coleman, 27, of Piedmont filed for office last week. Enns is seeking his final term before being term limited.

Dist. 59 State Rep. Mike Sanders (R-Kingfisher), whose represents Okarche and many residents between Okarche and Piedmont in a district that abuts Enns’ district, will serve another term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives after no other candidate filed to oppose him, during the statewide filing period which ended last Friday.

Sanders, 40, has been in the legislature since 2008.

Four candidates filed to replace term-limited Dist. 23 State Sen. Ron Justice(R-Chickasha) whose sprawling district includes Okarche runs to the west side of Piedmont. Read more →

Area dog rescue shelter operator asks those looking for new pet dog to consider one of their rescue ‘kids’

Hi everyone. My name is Lori Jones, and my husband Richard and I operate Haven of Hope Rescue Foundation, a not-for-profit canine rescue organization located in the Piedmont/Okarche area.
Our Mission is to SAVE DOGS. Our focus is large and giant breeds and last chance dogs. Since December, we have taken 14 puppies and four adult dogs into our program that were in need of our help in our community.
Some were dumped out in the country at a young age to fend for themselves, others were the result of un-spayed female dogs giving birth to unwanted puppies, others were just clearly in need and we don’t know their past.
We typically house anywhere from 35-50 dogs and puppies at our facility. Read more →

Seven Piedmont athletes ink on Signing Day

Blake Colston

A total of seven Piedmont High School athletes signed their National Letters of Intent Wednesday afternoon.

Soccer players Julia Grimes, Kylie Pyle and Kanton Logan each signed with USAO in Chickasha, while basketball player Addaryl Quinn and baseball player Brayden Nelson inked with Oklahoma Wesleyan in Bartlesville.

Volleyball star Skylar Mylonas (Mid-America Christian) and tennis standout Levi Coleman (Southwestern Christian) also signed.

USAO connection alive and well

By this time next season, almost 1/4 of USAO’s women’s soccer team will be made up of former Piedmont players.

Wednesday, Lady Wildcat seniors Julia Grimes and Kylie Pyle each inked with the school, following in the footsteps of Bianca Cardenas, Caitlin Lewis and Morgan Wilson, who are already on the team. Junior Madi Lybarger and sophomore Kilie Swanson are also committed to play at USAO, and the program’s boys and girls head coach, Jimmy Hampton, is a Piedmont resident.

Blake Colston/Gazette Julia Grimes smiles before she signs her letter of intent with USAO Wednesday.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Julia Grimes smiles before she signs her letter of intent with USAO Wednesday.

“It was a really big factor, because I was kind of scared to go somewhere that I didn’t know anyone,” Pyle said of the connection’s factor in her choice. “I think it’ll help me fit in there.”

Grimes said the familiarity with USAO made a difference for her, too. Not only in choosing to play there, but in choosing to play in college at all.

“I really like soccer and the thought of never getting to play again was hard,” she said. “Having friends there will help a lot.”

Pyle and Grimes plan to room together at USAO and hopefully play a factor for the Lady Drovers as freshmen.

“We all have chemistry together already, so I think it’ll really help us out,” Pyle said. Read more →

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