Decked by the Hall

Heritage Hall takes two from Piedmont soccer

By Blake Colston, Sports Editor


EDMOND — The Piedmont boys soccer team's revenge tour hit a speed bump Tuesday night in Edmond against Heritage Hall.

The Wildcats, which had already earned payback wins over Lawton and Guymon this season, couldn't complete the hat trick in a 3-1 loss to the Chargers.

"We had a couple defensive mistakes that led to early goals," Piedmont head coach Zac Selph said. "And then we got into the final third and didn't do a very good job of possessing the ball or finishing today."

Heritage Hall scored first to take an early 1-0 lead. Piedmont pulled even on a header put home by Dax Hampton off a corner kick midway through the first half.  [Read More]


Hannah Torres poses with her first-team All-Suburban Conference trophy earned earlier this season. The sophomore hopes to qualify  for her first state tournament this year.  (Submitted Photo)



PHS blanks Noble twice

to earn regional host spot

By Blake Colston, Sports Editor


Caleb Kreklau, Austin Mitchell and Parker Greenhill combined to pitch Piedmont to a pair of district victories over Noble on Monday and Tuesday to help the Wildcats secure a spot as a regional playoff host.

The trio shutout the Bears for 14 consecutive innings in the two victories, a 3-0 win on Monday in Piedmont and in a 4-0 victory at Noble on Tuesday, to move PHS to 14-11 overall and 8-2 in district play. The 'Cats clinched second place in District 5A-1 with the wins.

Mitchell pitched a complete game six-hitter with three strikeouts out and a walk on just 87 pitches in the series opener. He retired the first six batters he faced and allowed just two runners to reach scoring position all game.

Mitchell got a boost from right fielder Jack Chester in the third when Chester threw out a runner at the plate who was trying to score from second on a base hit.  [Read More]

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Colton Pais makes contact with Heritage Hall’s Preston Nelson in the first half of Piedmont’s gamewith the Chargers Tuesday night at Deer Creek. Heritage Hall beat Piedmont 3-1.  (Photo by Blake Colston)


Torres takes aim at state tourney

By Blake Colston, Sports Editor


Piedmont's Hannah Torres told herself one thing after her freshman golf season concluded.

There would be no shortcuts to lowering her scores the next season. If she wanted to improve, she had to play and play some more.

So Torres got busy. She played as many rounds as possible throughout the winter and fall and joined the South Central Junior PGA as well as the Oklahoma Junior Golf Association, in addition to her time spent playing with Piedmont.

"Every day I'd rather be at the golf course," she said.

The results of her dedication are apparent. Torres shot rounds in the 130's during her freshman season, but has shaved 40 strokes off her game in a year's time. At the Suburban Conference Tournament at John Conrad in Oklahoma City this March, Torres shot 93 to take fourth and earn first team All-Conference honors. A week later she placed in the Top 10 at Cimarron National in Guthrie.

"That was a lot of fun. I did not think that was going to happen," she said of being named All-Conference. "I was watching the board and was really scared, but I had my team supporting me behind my back so it was good."  [Read More]

Piedmont’s Austin Mitchell throws a pitch in a game against Shawnee earlier this season. Mitchell threw seven shutout innings vs. Noble Monday.  (Photo by Blake Colston)

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