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Archive for: August 2016

Okarche principal dies in car crash

Blake Colston

Okarche’s elementary school principal and a 23-year-old Fort Cobb woman were killed in a car crash Friday evening, The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

The patrol says 23-year-old Fort Cobb resident Kaylee Renee Hamilton and 43-year-old Okarche resident and Okarche elementary principal David Paul Vallerand were killed when a rollover accident occurred while the two were on the side of the road assisting to motorists involved in a previous accident in the same location.

The accident is still under investigation at this time.

Vallerand was an assistant softball coach at Okarche and had previously served as head baseball coach at Washington High School. He is survived by his wife Tonya, daughters Addison and Karsyn and son, Jaxon.


Council hires retail expert to attract businesses

By Tim Farley
News Editor

After some mild dissent during Monday’s city council meeting, Retail Attractions became Piedmont’s newest link to drawing major restaurants and stores into the community.

Rickey Hayes, founder and owner of the Owasso-based company, told the council he’s never seen any community with as much retail potential as Piedmont. Hayes cited Piedmont’s educational attainment, median household income and housing value as three key figures that already have drawn interest from at least two national developers.

In preparation for Monday’s meeting, Hayes said he discovered 47 percent of Piedmont residents have college degrees and the average household income is $96,446. He also told the council the city’s median housing value is slightly less than $200,000.

“That is astronomical. It’s off the charts,” he said. “I don’t know of any other community in Oklahoma that has near the income your city has.”

Hayes told the council a story about contacting two national developers and providing them with Piedmont’s statistical information. Read more →

Piedmont goes through final preseason scrimmage

Blake Colston

Intensity goes up in preseason’s final week

After a mediocre, flat showing in an opening scrimmage at Putnam City West last week, Piedmont played with more intensity Thursday night against Anadarko and Elk City. The 1:25 scrimmage featured some good and some bad, including turnovers forced and committed by Piedmont, but Wildcats head coach Drew Gossen was pleased overall.

Blake Colston/Gazette A trio of Piedmont defenders, led by Alex Rodriguez, left, and Dylan Meador, right, bring down an Elk City ball carrier Thursday.

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A trio of Piedmont defenders, led by Alex Rodriguez, left, and Dylan Meador, right, bring down an Elk City ball carrier Thursday.

“Their intensity was way better. That’s what I told them,” Gossen said. “Our execution still has some room to grow, but our intensity was up and that’s something we can work with. We can sure up the X’s and O’s.”

Mitchell leads defense

At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, senior Austin Mitchell appears best suited for a spot in the secondary or perhaps linebacker. So to see Mitchell routinely lineup at nose tackle is a surprise.

The results are hard to argue with, though. Mitchell forced a fumble Thursday and was in on numerous plays near the line of scrimmage. In an unconventional way, Mitchell’s small stature combined with his quickness, give him an advantage.

“He does a lot of things that give people trouble. He’s quick, he’s strong and he’s tough,” Gossen said. “A lot of people see that nose guard and they’re used to a big guy. Normally, you just have to step up and try to drive him. With Austin, the question is whether or not you can even make contact with him.”

Mitchell moved in from Duncan before last season and initially played linebacker, but was moved up front by necessity when injuries hit. Now, he’s found a position there. The senior also plays tight end.

“We expect him to be a playmaker for us,” Gossen said.

Chester scores for second week in a row

Sophomore wide receiver Jack Chester reeled in Piedmont’s only touchdown last week at Putnam City West, and the 6-foot-4 target was busy again Thursday. Starting quarterback Noah Ellis found Chester behind Anadarko’s defense for an easy touchdown in the opening moments of action.

Blake Colston/Gazette Piedmont quarterback Noah Ellis scrambles outside of the pocket.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont quarterback Noah Ellis scrambles outside of the pocket.

“We knew we could hit them deep because they were cheating their safety’s up,” Gossen said. “We were trying to make a play, and to see them actually do it was awesome.”

Elk City departs scrimmage early

Midway through the three-team portion of the action, Elk City defenders exchanged words with Anadarko players after a tackle. Players shoved each other following the play and were separated. Read more →

Piedmont’s McAdoo smiles through the good and bad

Blake Colston

Sagely McAdoo doesn’t clinch her fists or grit her teeth when times get tough on the softball field. Instead, she takes a different approach.

Photo by Dave Owen Piedmont's Sagely McAdoo tags out a Tulsa Memorial runner earlier this season.

Photo by Dave Owen
Piedmont’s Sagely McAdoo tags out a Tulsa Memorial runner earlier this season.

The senior shortstop just smiles, and so far, the grins are working.

McAdoo leads Piedmont with 10 RBI’s and a .550 average through seven games. She also has a team-best nine runs scored and is tied for the team lead in home runs with two.

So while McAdoo’s smile, even after an error or strikeout, might seem to give off the impression she doesn’t care, first-year head coach Keith Coleman says no way.

“Sage is a gamer, I’ve learned that about her. She’s a very competitive kid,” he said. “She’s a kid I want in the game when it matters.”

Like, for instance, when McAdoo hit both of her home runs this season — the first multi-home run game of her career — in a 13-12 loss at rival Deer Creek. McAdoo finished the game 4 for 4 with four RBI’s and three runs scored. If not for her, Piedmont couldn’t have rallied from a 7-0 deficit to take a 12-11 lead. Read more →

Piedmont volleyball earns hard-fought win over Putnam City

Blake Colston

Taylor Abel just kept serving Monday night and she didn’t stop until Piedmont put another mark in the win column.

Blake Colston/Gazette Brooke Spears serves a ball in Piedmont's four-set win over Putnam City.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Brooke Spears serves a ball in Piedmont’s four-set win over Putnam City.

Abel served the final eight points of No. 12 Piedmont’s 25-20 fourth set win that propelled the Lady Wildcats to a 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 14-25, 25-20) victory over Class 6A No.19 Putnam City.

During the run, all Abel had on her mind was winning the set with it the match. She didn’t even realize the length of time she served until afterwards.

“I just thought I need to push to get my team through this game,” the senior said. “You’re just so focused that you’re in the moment.”

Abel, along with Brooke Spears, Maddie Boothe, Hannah McGarraugh and Laureli Grothe, were part of a fourth-set push that carried Piedmont (3-1) back from a 18-14 deficit in the decisive set. With each serve, Piedmont’s momentum grew stronger until a Putnam City error ultimately ended the match.

“In the fourth set we just played simple volleyball and we were able to pull it off,” head coach Lauren Bernhardt said. “We were trying too hard to do fancy things in the third set.” Read more →

City manager Orr proposes hiring retail store specialist

Jason Orr, Piedmont City Manager

Jason Orr, Piedmont City Manager

By Tim Farley
News Editor

Piedmont’s city council will decide Monday if it wants to hire an economic development firm that specializes in attracting retail outlets.

The firm, Retail Attractions of Owasso, has worked with dozens of Oklahoma municipalities plus others in Missouri, Kansas and Texas. The proposed contract with Piedmont calls for the company to be paid $4,000 a month for its services. The company is owned by Rickey Hayes of Owasso.

Piedmont’s city council has made retail development one of its top priorities so the city can maintain its infrastructure, including streets and roads, water and sewer.

City Manager Jason Orr said increasing the sales tax base should be the number one concern in Piedmont.

Read more →

Piedmont run-rules Bishop McGuinness,16-0

Blake Colston

Piedmont continued its early season run-rule tour on Monday evening.

Blake Colston/Gazette Morgan Davis winds up to deliver a pitch Monday in Piedmont's 16-0 win.

Blake Colston/Gazette
Morgan Davis winds up to deliver a pitch Monday in Piedmont’s 16-0 win.

The Lady Wildcats scored 10 times in the fourth inning and run-ruled Bishop McGuinness, 16-0, in five innings in front of a home crowd in Piedmont.

Freshman Chloe Bohuslavicky hit a two-run home run to right field in the Lady ‘Cats’ 10-run fourth and doubled twice in the game.

“I was impressed how deep she let the ball get,” first-year head coach Keith Coleman said. “That’s the mark of a great hitter.”

Lead-off hitter and third baseman baseman Abby Detar collected two triples and Morgan Davis pitched four scoreless innings in the circle to earn the win that improved PHS to 3-0.

The Lady Wildcats manufactured six runs through three innings, but their offense exploded in the fourth inning when they sent 14 batters to the plate.

“We made an adjustment offensively the third time through. We were out front early,” Coleman said. “We let the ball travel and did a good job at the plate in the fourth inning.”

In the circle, Davis, a senior, scattered three hits and kept the ball in the zone and let her defense work. The Lady Wildcats played miscue-free ball behind her.

“We threw strikes, didn’t walk people and didn’t make errors,” Coleman said. “Morgan has good stuff, too.”

Bohuslavicky pitched a scoreless fifth inning to seal the win.

The Wildcats have now outscored their opponents 51-0 this season. Previously, PHS run-ruled Tulsa Edison 22-0 and 13-0 to open the season.

After another breather against Tulsa Memorial Tuesday, Piedmont will get stiffer tests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday when it plays Deer Creek, Durant and Deer Creek.

“We’ll find out how good we are,” Coleman said.

Piedmont volleyball sweeps Chickasha in season opener

Blake Colston/Gazette Laureli Grothe elevates to hit a ball in Piedmont's three-set win over Chickasha.

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Laureli Grothe elevates to hit a ball in Piedmont’s three-set win over Chickasha.

Blake Colston

Piedmont volleyball has big goals for the 2016 season. Achieving them started with one small step Thursday night in Piedmont.

The state-tournament-minded Lady Wildcats won their season and home opener with a methodical three-set sweep of Chickasha (25-8, 25-9, 25-13) in a match the they never trailed. Taylor Abel and Laureli Grothe led Piedmont with five kills apiece. Junior Brooke Spears added four.

The Lady ‘Cats built big leads — 17-7 in the first set and 12-0 in the second — to catch momentum then sailed through the final set despite some unforced errors that allowed the Fightin’ Chicks to stay close until midway through the third when PHS pulled away.

Head coach Lauren Bernhardt said overall it was a clean showing to open season, which was encouraging after her team closed the preseason with a sloppy scrimmage performance at Mustang. Read more →

Lost Dog in Piedmont

image1 image2Lost 8-yr-old female Shih tzu from the Windmill Park Addition in Piedmont on Saturday, July 30th. Have been told she was seen in the are around 192nd and Horseshoe Road. She has a red shock collar on and is probably matted from running in the fields. She is a much-loved member of our family and we’re heartbroken and want to get her back home with her family. If you have seen her or have been kind enough to be giving her shelter, please call us. We are offering a REWARD for her return!


Please call Tami, 405-250-1351 with any info.

BBQ fundraiser for Ian Mitchell set for Thursday night

Blake Colston

Thursday evening, a charitable BBQ dinner, bake sale and raffle will take place from 6:00 to 8 p.m. at Piedmont High School to benefit the son of a popular Piedmont coach recently injured in a go-kart accident.Ian Mitchell BBQ

Piedmont High School assistant wrestling, football and baseball coach Joe Mitchell’s son, Ian, 9, was seriously injured in an accident at his grandmother’s land July 21. when the gas pedal on the he driving kart got stuck, sending Mitchell accelerating into a barbed-wire fence.

The crash left Ian with ligament damage and a dissected carotid artery in his neck.

“The barbed wire caught him around the neck and ripped him from the kart,” his father Joe Mitchell told News9.com. “He tried to break, I saw it.”

While Ian is recovering steadily now, medical costs are adding up. That’s where the Piedmont community has stepped in.

An $8 donation gets you a BBQ dinner with all the proceeds raised set to go toward the Mitchell’s medical bills.

In addition to Thursday’s event, a Go Fund Me account was created by a family friend and has already raised more than $10,000. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/prayersforian


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