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Owls broadcast was well worth cost

Over the year we all spend money on frills, things we don't always use or didn't particularly need, however, the $9.95 that I spent this month on the National High School Television Network may be the best money I've spent in a long time.

Watching Saturday's broadcast of the Class 4A State Baseball championship game between Elgin and Blanchard was fun to watch for so many reasons, but mainly to see how a team that hardly anyone expected could win a state title could upset the applecart and pull off such a shocker.

It was also great to hear the announcers talking up Blanchard most of the evening until Levi Garrett's Owls kept finding a way to stay in front. All that tradition Blanchard had earned didn't mean anything on this night.

This was a different year, a different group of players and the ones wearing the Elgin red were just better. It was all about momentum, peaking at the right time and most importantly determination.

The title was the first spring baseball title in school history and the only other crown was in 1969 during the fall season when Elgin was just a small Class A school having not yet started football.

At that time yours truly was a scared freshman starting school at Oklahoma State University at the age of 18. Now I'm much older than that and the old body confirms that whenever the barometric pressure starts dropping like is the case as this column is being written.

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