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Wildcat Sports

Punt Pass Kick Challenge offered by Great Plains Bank

Punt, Pass, Kick Challenge imageGreat Plains Bank’s Piedmont location is bringing the Punt, Pass, Kick Challenge to all home Wildcat football games.

Here’s how it works:

  • Wildcat fans sign-up to be entered into the drawing to be the Punt, Pass, Kick participant
  • Sign-up through the online registration system
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter
  • Punt, Pass, Kick participants will be drawn at 12 p.m. the day of all home games
  • The selected participant will be notified by a Great Plains Bank representative
  • The selected participant will join the Great Plains Bank staff at the 50 yard line during half-time. The participant will then punt the ball from the 50 yard line, then pass the ball from the spot the punt lands and then kick a field goal from the spot the pass lands.
  • If the participant makes the field goal, he/she will receive $500
  • If the participant does not make the field goal, he/she will receive a $25 to open a Free Rewards Checking account with Great Plains Bank. If the participant already has a Free Rewards Checking account, the $25 will be deposited into that account.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter
  • Online registration will be available the week of the game until 12 p.m. the day of each home game, at which time a name will be randomly selected.
  • The selected participant will be notified by a Great Plains Bank representative and given instructions on where to meet for the challenge.
  • Great Plains Bank employees and household family members are not eligible.
  • Participants who win the $500 will be required to visit the Piedmont Branch, 12001 NW Expressway, to receive their prize money. Prize money must be claimed within one full week from teh date the prize was won.
  • Participants are required to complete a photo release, allowing Great Plains Bank to use photo, video and name in online, print and social media posts/articles.

Piedmont hosts Lawton Eisenhower in key district contest tonight

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont hosts Lawton Eisenhower in a crucial District 5A-2 game tonight at 7.

Photo by Hugh Scott Landon White churns for extra yards against Weatherford.

Photo by Hugh Scott
Landon White churns for extra yards against Weatherford.

The winner will take a big step toward making the postseason, while the loser likely will have to play catch up in the race for the final district playoff spot for the rest of the season.

Piedmont blasted Northwest Classen, 33-0, in its district opener Friday, while Eisenhower coasted past Guymon, 40-10, so both teams enter with momentum.

“We know it’s a big week, but it’s just another week. Last week we took it as an important week because it was game number one and this week is another big week,” head coach Drew Gossen said. “And they all will be from here on out.”

Eisenhower’s season has been a tale of two sides of the ball. Led by dynamic quarterback R.J. Fisher, the Eagles have averaged 32 points per game on offense, but have allowed 42 per game on defense during a 1-3 start to the season.

“Their offense really goes. They have a varied attack, they run the ball well, they throw the ball well,” Gossen said. “They have athletes in several spots and their quarterback kind of makes everything go.”

In its final non-district game, Piedmont faced Noble and its high-powered offense led by quarterback Baehler Buol. With a run-heavy, ball control offensive gameplan in place, the Wildcats held the Bears to their lowest scoring output of the season in a 33-27 loss. That figures to be the plan against Ike, too. Read more →

Piedmont goes through final preseason scrimmage

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

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.

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.

“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
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

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
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

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 →

Piedmont run-rules Bishop McGuinness,16-0

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

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.

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

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

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 →

BBQ fundraiser for Ian Mitchell set for Thursday night

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

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

 

Former Piedmont prep star was once top recruit

Blake Colston
sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ronnie Osborne had it all.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back’s speed, power and finesse made him a highly sought after recruit from tiny Piedmont, America. He’s still the most high profile recruit in the school history.

“He’s a Marcus Dupree type,” former Piedmont head coach Steve Lykes told the Daily Oklahoman in 2001, recalling the University of Oklahoma tailback that once pulverized Big Eight defenders in the early 1980s. “In his (Osborne’s) running style and in his size, he really reminds me of him.”

At the peak of Osborne’s recruitment, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Florida, Kansas and Notre Dame, among others, all offered scholarships to Osborne. He still has a box full of mail sent by schools from coast to coast. The nation’s top college coaches flocked to Piedmont with good reason.

In 1999 as a sophomore, Osborne rushed for 2,143 yards and 26 touchdowns. The next year, he rushed for 2,082 yards and 31 touchdowns. In the two seasons combined, he averaged 201 rushing yards per game.

During his junior season, Osborne helped lead Piedmont to a 10-2 record and the quarterfinal round of the playoffs — its best season in school history — while also averaging 23 points per game on the basketball court on his way to All-State honors.

He seemed destined for stardom, but it never happened.

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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.

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