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Archive for: June 2016

Piedmont Gazette Podcast, Copa America Edition

In the first ever Piedmont Gazette Podcast, sports editor Blake Colston, Piedmont head boys soccer coach Zac Selph and Gazette sports intern Daniel Smola talk about the United States’ 4-0 loss to Argentina, the NBA Finals/Draft and Selph’s dream of a Cubs World Series Title.

Coleman excited to be a Wildcat

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Only a few months removed from playing for a state title, Keith Coleman is on to the next challenge, and it’s a big one.

Muskogee coach Keith Coleman, right, consoles senior Shaylee Rowland after the Lady Roughers’ 13-12 loss to Southmoore in the semifinals of the Class 6A state softball tournament at the Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee last season.

Muskogee coach Keith Coleman, right, consoles senior Shaylee Rowland after the Lady Roughers’ 13-12 loss to Southmoore in the semifinals of the Class 6A state softball tournament at the Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee last season.

Hired last fall to take over Piedmont’s tradition-rich softball program, Coleman coached one last season at Muskogee High School this spring, leading the Lady Roughers slow pitch team to a runner-up finish in 6A.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to go out at Muskogee,” he said.

Now, Coleman is officially a Wildcat.

“It’s been great. It’s kind of like I said through the spring, it was a really tough decision to leave Muskogee, but when I made the decision it gave me new life. Something about Piedmont kind of sparked my interest,” he said. “It’s a growing school district and a it’s team that’s been successful in the past.”

Coleman embraced the opportunity to take over for popular head coach Rick Scott then and has the same mindset now. The parents and coaches have been receptive. Read more →

Piedmont foursome takes part in 5A All-State soccer game

By Daniel Smola
sports@piemdmontnewsonline.com

CATOOSA – Piedmont’s Kylie Pyle, Julia Grimes, Kanton Logan and coach Brad Brucker represented the West in the 5A Girls’ and Boys’ All-State soccer matches at Frank McNabb Field on Friday night.

Blake Colston/Gazette Kanton Logan outruns a Woodward defender for the ball Friday night.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Kanton Logan outruns a Woodward defender for the ball Friday nightduring his senior season.

Brucker said being named the girls’ All-State coach meant a lot to him.

“To me, it was like the validation that everybody said ‘O.K. you guys are making that next step,’” Brucker said of Piedmont’s soccer program. “It really says more about where our program is than where, you know, I am as a coach. And I get to represent our program here in front of the whole state, so it meant a lot and it was a lot of fun.”

The girls’ match ended in a 1-1 draw. Pyle and Grimes got off to a fast start within the game’s first 5 minutes. The duo fired a handful of shots at goal that required saves from the East goalkeeper.

Pyle had a couple of 1-on-1 opportunities that were saved by the goalkeeper. The first chance came in the first half, as Pyle was played through and found herself alone in the penalty box. She attempted to bend the ball into the far corner around the East goalkeeper, but her shot was saved.

“I thought we did pretty good working as a team even though we didn’t really know the people,” Pyle said of the West’s performance despite not having much team chemistry. Read more →

Gossen pleased with Piedmont’s spring football performance

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont head football coach Drew Gossen had high praise for his team’s recently completed spring practice efforts._MG_5107[1]

“This is without question the best spring we’ve had since I’ve been in Piedmont,” said Gossen, who’s been the head coach at Piedmont for two years and on staff a total of six,

Chief among Gossen’s reasons for optimism was the play of the Wildcats offensive line. Last season, the group started two freshman by season’s end and struggled to play well consistently. This spring, however, Gossen saw a big jump in the unit’s productivity and depth.

Joseph Almaguer, C.J. McCaster, Bryce Johnston, Zach Moser, Cameron Coit, Caden Banks and Derek Grassman were all mentioned as possible starters by Gossen.

“Playing the young guys was hard for us last year, but it turns into a big positive for us this year,” he said. “The biggest improvement on the team this spring was along the offensive line. I really feel good about them.”

On the other side of the ball, the Wildcats morphed into a 3-4 defense by the end of last season due to injuries along the line, but this spring, Piedmont plans to play the 3-4 by design. Read more →

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