Fort Cobb-Broxton’s four-peat, Tipton’s title top area prep headlines
As All-Star games were played this past week, we can officially wave goodbye to spring sports and the school year as a whole. Graduations are wrapping up this weekend across Southwest Oklahoma and with that, it is time to put a bow on another thrilling school year of sports.
Here are 15 of the best moments some of the area schools produced during the school year.
Fort Cobb's fantastic four-peat
How sweet is a four-peat? Just ask the Fort Cobb-Broxton boys basketball seniors who won a state championship their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
Kesston Mowdy, who stuck a back-flip with a 10.0 landing at the buzzer of Ft. Cobb's 62-50 Class A championship win over Frontier, was one of those seniors.
It's rare for a high school athlete to win one state championship, let alone four in a row in the same sport.
As special as a fourth straight crowning on the hardwood was, Ft. Cobb has its eyes set on five in a row come next March. With coach Scott Hines' son Kellen returning, few will bet against the Mustangs, and rightfully so.
Tipton's impressive repeat
Football fans across the state scoffed at the idea of Tipton winning a state championship after giving up 58 points in a second round playoff game last fall.
It was almost as if Tipton's historic 106-point outburst on offense against Regent Prep was deemed irrelevant.
Joke's on the haters because the next two weeks, Tipton's defense came to play, forcing eight turnovers and holding their semifinal and title game opponents to eight points apiece. Just for laugh's the Tigers' offense posted 56 points each week. Tipton's 56-8 shellacking of Pond Creek-Hunter in the championship was a title game rematch from the year before, but the rematch was no match at all as Tipton scored the game's final 56 points.
It was Tipton's fourth championship since 2012 and come this fall, the Tigers will be the heavy favorite in Class C once again.
Tipton's repeat on that December night in Weatherford when the Tigers hoisted the Gold Ball signaled the Golden Age of Tipton football, as the 8-man dynasty continues to blossom.
Elgin's state title run
Some teams are "just happy to be here" when it comes to the state tournament, but not the Elgin Owls' baseball team.
Despite outsiders not giving the Owls a fighting chance, Elgin routed a 30-win team in the semis before holding on for dear life in the 7-6 Class 4A championship win over Blanchard, another 30-win team.
The thing many forgot was just how good Elgin had been all spring. This was not a Cinderella team. The Owls were a good team that evolved into a great team a championship team.
When a fundamentally sound and senior-laden squad gets hot at the right time, there's no stopping them. That was the beauty of Elgin's state title run.
Duncan girls go back-to-back
When it comes to girls golf, there is no better role model for a program to strive for than the Duncan Lady Demons.
Earlier this month, Duncan, which shot 314 as a team and won by 26 strokes, placed four girls Brooklyn Bostick (3rd, 74), Gentry Cox (4th, 76), Vanessa Moore and Maddie Masch (tied-11th, 82) in the top-11, vaulting the Demons to their second straight Class 5A state championship.
It marked Duncan's 11th state title since 2000 and its 13th overall. Only Jenks, with 14, has more state championships in Oklahoma girls golf.
Track & Field athletes shine at State
Across the area, there were numerous gold medal winners at this year's State track & field meets.
Duncan's Connor Roddy, who also took second place in shot put, won the Class 5A boys discus title, becoming only the fourth male athlete to win the event all four years in high school. Roddy's teammate, Roderick Standokes, seized the sprint double, winning both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes while another Demon, Savannah Reynolds won the 100 meter hurdles.
Elgin's Keith Drapeau won the 5A boys high jump and Altus' Lakysia Johnson won the 300 meter hurdles.
Although he didn't run in the Kentucky Derby, Hobart junior Brady Carpenter took the distance triple crown in Class 2A, claiming gold in the three main individual distance events half-mile, mile and 2-mile. Then Carpenter took home a fourth gold, anchoring Hobart's winning mile relay.