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Archive for: May 2016

Piedmont soccer edges Carl Albert; advances to 5A semifinals

By Daniel Smola
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

After Piedmont’s first-round playoff victory over Duncan, Kylie Pyle said the Wildcats have always had a rivalry with Carl Albert.

Blake Colston/Gazette Kylie Pyle hustles to catch up with the ball in the first half of Piedmont's 1-0 win over Carl Albert.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Kylie Pyle hustles to catch up with the ball in the first half of Piedmont’s 1-0 win over Carl Albert.

The 5A quarterfinal between the Wildcats and Titans in Piedmont on Friday night certainly played like a rivalry game, with both teams playing physically from start to finish.

But at the finish, Pyle’s early second-half goal proved to be the winner as the Piedmont girls defeated Carl Albert 1-0 to advance to its first-ever 5A semifinal. Coach Brad Brucker said this is the first team he’s had that can match that type of physicality and exceed it.

“We always know what we get with Carl Albert,” Brucker said. “They play really tough. They play very physical. They’re going to take shots at you and you’ve gotta be able to respond.”

Both teams racked up numerous fouls throughout the match, but the Wildcats responded to the physicality nearly 10 minutes into the second half. Read more →

Ardmore beats Piedmont, 5-3, to force if-necessary game

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont was an arm’s length away  — literally — from clinching its first state tournament berth since 2013 on Friday.

Blake Colston/Gazette Ty Anderson delivers a pitch in the first inning Friday.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Ty Anderson delivers a pitch in the first inning Friday.

But Ardmore’s Jake Patterson pitched seven strong innings and Clay Atwood hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning to lead Ardmore to a 5-3 win over the Wildcats.

With the win, the Tigers forced a winner-take-all game Saturday at 1 p.m. in Piedmont.

“We played well. We had no errors, we hit the ball well,” PHS head coach Kory Williams said. “That’s sports. Sometimes you play good and the other team just comes out and beats you. Tip your cap to them.”

Patterson, who’s signed with Eastern Oklahoma State, pitched a complete game while scattering five hits and allowing three runs, one earned. Read more →

Nelson coasts as Piedmont blasts Woodward

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Your turn, Ty Anderson.

Piedmont baseball walloped Woodward, 8-0, Thursday in a regional semifinal behind five strong innings from starting pitcher Brayden Nelson.

Blake Colston/Gazette Brayden Nelson throws a pitch Thursday afternoon vs. Woodward.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Brayden Nelson throws a pitch Thursday afternoon vs. Woodward.

Piedmont will hand the ball to left-hander Ty Anderson against either Woodward or Ardmore Friday night to secure a regional title and the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2013.

Anderson has a 1.14 ERA in the last month with  22 strikeouts and five walks in his last 30 1/3 innings.

“I have a lot of confidence in Ty. We’ve been a good duo all season,” Nelson said after striking out five and allowing just four baserunners.

Nelson lowered his season ERA to 2.45 and picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season. In the last 28 2/3 innings, Nelson has struck out 38 and allowed only two earned runs.

Nelson allowed a runner to reach third base in the first inning and second in the third inning then never had a runner advance past first base the rest of the game.

“I’ve got to give credit to Bryce (McDermott), he calls a good game,” Nelson said. “He knows where I need to throw and I just throw it where he tells me to. He makes it easy for me. And so does my offense, they let me pitch with a lead today, which made it easy.”

Piedmont built a 6-0 lead through three innings Thursday and coasted home for the win.  Read more →

Piedmont baseball run-rules Western Heights

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

The Piedmont baseball team opened the postseason with a 12-1 victory over fourth-seeded Western Heights Thursday in Piedmont.

Blake Colston/Gazette Brayden Meschberger delivers a pitch in Piedmont's 12-1 win over Western Heights.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Brayden Meschberger delivers a pitch in Piedmont’s 12-1 win over Western Heights.

The top-seeded Wildcats (24-11) scored 10 runs through three innings, highlighted by a six-run second inning. PHS will face the Woodward-Ardmore winner at 4:30 this afternoon for the opportunity to move within one victory of the state tournament.

Hunter Chism went 2 for 3 with four RBI’s Thursday, including a three-RBI double in the second inning. Noah Ellis was 2 for 3 with two RBI’s.

Starting pitcher Parker Greenhill worked 1 2/3 innings while allowing a run on three hits with three strikeouts to earn the win.

Brayden Meschberger pitched 1 2/3 of scoreless relief and Austin Mitchell worked a 1-2-3 fifth to close out the game .

Strong senior class leads Piedmont baseball into playoffs

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

To a man, Piedmont’s baseball teams says it enters the postseason with two of the most important factors to playoff success.

Blake Colston/Gazette Bryce McDermott, left, congratulates Koy Priddy as he crosses home after hitting his first home run of the season Friday night in Edmond.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Bryce McDermott, left, congratulates Koy Priddy as he crosses home after hitting his first home run of the season Friday night in Edmond.

Experience and leadership.

Piedmont (23-11) opens the regional playoffs as the top seed in its own regional set to begin in Piedmont this morning. The Wildcats will face Western Heights at 11 a.m., with second-seeded Ardmore and No. 3 seed Woodward to follow afterwards.

The Wildcats clinched hosting a regional with a 6-0 win over Noble last week, then Shawnee swept Guthrie Saturday to clinch a district title for Piedmont. The Wildcats got the news during their game at Class 4A No. 1 Blanchard on Saturday.

“It was a great feeling when we found out about it,” senior Hunter Chism said. “It was a big deal for us.” Read more →

Robinson set to take part in second annual Shannon’s Run

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont resident and city councilman Donnie Robinson has special plans Saturday.

Piedmont City Councilman Donnie Robinson on Saturday morning proudly wears the medal he received after completing the Shannon Robinson-Mabe memorial run/walk in Mansfield, Texas. Shannon passed away in March after a long battle with cancer.

Piedmont City Councilman Donnie Robinson on Saturday morning proudly wears the medal he received after completing the Shannon Robinson-Mabe memorial run/walk in Mansfield, Texas. Shannon passed away in March after a long battle with cancer.

For the second time in as many years, Robinson will walk in a benefit race for cancer research to remember and honor his daughter, Shannon Mabe-Robinson, who in 2014 lost her life to melanoma cancer.

The memorial 5K and one-mile fun run held in Mansfield, Texas celebrates the impact Mabe-Robinson, Piedmont native and PHS honor student, made in Mansfield, and especially at Donna Shepard Intermediate School, where she taught for 18 years.

“It’s a tribute to my daughter because of the impact she made on people’s lives there,” Robinson said. “It’s overwhelming to see all the people come out and all the tributes from the teacher’s there.”

The run aims to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. From the Donna Shepard Intermediate School’s website:

‘Shannon Mabe was an amazing teacher at Donna Shepard Intermediate. This 5K is to honor Shannon and bring awareness to Melanoma Cancer. All money will go towards the Shannon Mabe Excellence in Teaching Scholarship and Melanoma Research.’

“It’s an ongoing battle that needs to be fought,” Robinson said. “Anytime you have something like this that raises funds for research and awareness, someone benefits from it. That’s what this is about.”

The event will be held at Rose Park in Mansfield Saturday, with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. and the race to get underway at 8.

Last year’s race, the first annual, was postponed by inclement weather, but Robinson expects the race to go off as scheduled this year. Read more →

Piedmont track heads for regional meet

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont’s boys and girls track teams will compete at the Class 5A regional track meet at Yukon’s Miller Stadium Saturday for a chance to qualify for the state meet held May 13 and 14 at Moore High School.

Blake Colston/Gazette Ethan Taylor runs in the prelims of the 300-meter hurdles Friday at 4:10.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Ethan Taylor runs in the prelims of the 300-meter hurdles Friday at 4:10.

Altus, Ardmore, Chickasha, Duncan, Lawton Ike, Elgin, Guymon, Lawton Mac and Woodward are also headed to Yukon.

The top three finishers in each event at regionals qualify for state, while fourth and fifth place finishers have the opportunity, based on their times, to make the field as an at-large qualifier. Below is a breakdown of which Piedmont athletes and relay teams have the best chance to qualify.

Boys
Best bets: Senior hurdler Ethan Taylor and freshman Blake Cope who runs long distance races for Piedmont, have the best chance to qualify for the state meet according to head coach Corey Strahorn.

After making state in both events as a junior, Taylor, a Suburban Conference Champion, has dominated in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles again this season. The senior’s top times in each event — 15.14 in the 110 and 40.38 in the 300 — are among the top two in 5A. Taylor is also Piedmont’s best leg on the mile relay, which has a chance to qualify as well.

Cope’s best event is the two-mile run, but Strahorn said the freshman will compete to qualify in the mile run as well as the 800.

“We’ve only had a few guys in my years here run a sub-11 in the two mile,” Strahorn said of Cope, who’s best time in the 3200 is a 10.22. “As a freshman that’s pretty exceptional.” Read more →

Pyle, Piedmont pound Duncan in playoff opener

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Kylie Pyle’s confidence is off the charts and it shows on the field.

Pyle put home a career-high tying four goals for the third time in the last four games to lead Piedmont to a 5-0 win over Duncan in the opening round of the 5A playoffs Tuesday night in Piedmont.

Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont's Kilie Swanson, right, hustles for a loose ball with a Duncan player Tuesday night.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Kilie Swanson, right, hustles for a loose ball with a Duncan player Tuesday night.

Pyle has totaled 72 career goals in just 63 games played and has 15 goals in her last four games.

“She’s not pressing and she’s allowing the game to come to her,” head coach Brad Brucker said. “You always want your seniors and your elite players to play their best soccer during the stretch run, and she’s 100 percent doing that.”

Pyle scored her first goal from just outside the box on a free kick curled in a fraction below the crossbar and barely above the keeper’s hands in the 29th minute of the first half. She knew it’d be a good night from there.

“Once I get my first goal it just gives me confidence and energy to finish off the game,” she said. “It just builds up really.”

Kilie Swanson added the Lady Wildcats’ second first half goal on an assist from — who else — Pyle, to give Piedmont (11-5) a 2-0 halftime lead.

Pyle scored a trio of goals in a quick flurry in the second half. Julia Grimes assisted on two with well-placed corner kicks while Pyle finished her final goal on a rebound of a loose ball in front of the net.

Pyle couldn’t break her career-high mark of four goals, though. Read more →

Piedmont rally falls just short in loss to Kingfisher

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont baseball’s trademark resiliency was on display Monday in the Wildcats regular season finale and senior night game vs. Kingfisher.

Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont shortstop Gabe Griffith tries to turn a double play as a Kingfisher slides into second base Monday.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont shortstop Gabe Griffith tries to turn a double play as a Kingfisher runner slides into second base Monday.

Conserving arms for the upcoming regional playoffs, the Wildcats rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the fifth inning — after the Yellowjackets scored six times in the second — and although the comeback came up just short in a 7-6 loss, Piedmont (23-11) will take momentum into the regional playoffs which begin Thursday in Piedmont.

“They came out with their ace and he was pitching well,” outfielder Hunter Chism said. “It was one of those deals where if we wanted to win on our senior night we were going to have to make a way and I feel like we did.”

Trailing 7-6, Chism lined out to open the seventh inning, but after two were away, Noah Ellis reached on an error. Bryce McDermott followed with a walk and a wild pitch to Brayden Nelson moved both into scoring position.

Later in the at-bat, Nelson laced a ball to left field, but a well-positioned Trey Borelli made a running grab to end the game. It would’ve Piedmont’s sixth come-from-behind win of the season.

“In the last inning, if those balls are a little bit to the left or a little bit to the right it’s a different ballgame there,” Chism said.

Chism added a two-out, two-RBI triple in the fifth inning to bring PHS within three runs. An inning later, Tyler Rother put down a squeeze bunt that brought home a pair of runs, including a hustling Nelson all the way from second base to cut the deficit to 7-6.

Koy Priddy pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts to hold Kingfisher at bay and allow the Wildcats to mount a rally.

Matt Hopkins pitched three innings with two strikeouts while allowing an unearned run to earn the win for Kingfisher. Parker Greenhill took the loss for Piedmont.

Borelli led Kingfisher (16-17) with a 2 for 5 day with two RBI’s. The Yellowjackets outhit the Wildcats 12 to five. Senior Trevor Larson went 2 for 3 with two runs scored for Piedmont.

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