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Mac, Marlow set for State

For the first time since 2003, the MacArthur Highlanders baseball team is in the state tournament.

Coach Rodney DeLong wants his team to approach it like any other stretch of the season.

The Highlanders (26-10) will face the 14-18 Coweta Tigers at 2 p.m. Thursday at Yukon High School. The winner will play the winner of the Claremore-Piedmont contest, scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday.

On the other side of the bracket, Mac's district foe Carl Albert will face Pryor at 4:30 p.m. and Durant takes on the unbeaten reigning champs from Shawnee at 7 p.m.

DeLong said he and his team are not overwhelmed by the moment and are trying to stay focused. He also knows his approach and attitude can rub off on the players.

"We just need to prepare for every situation," DeLong said. "I really think the kids feed off of you. If you don't treat it any differently, they will respond normally."

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