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High school notebook: Norman North girls overpower regional competition

Belle Wallace, Isabelle Rose and Abbey Mace, in that order, swept the top three spots at the west regional meet, and the Timberwolves rolled to an easy victory with just 24 total points.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: October 27, 2013

The Norman North cross country girls left no debate about who was the best team at the west regional in Norman Saturday.

Belle Wallace, Isabelle Rose and Abbey Mace, in that order, swept the top three spots at the meet and the Timberwolves rolled to an easy victory in Class 6A with just 24 total points. Edmond Memorial was second at 69 and Mustang was third at 90.

Wallace clocked a winning time of 11:26, with her two teammates coming in over the next six seconds.

Norman North's Ben Barrett brought the school another individual title in the boys race, at 15:53, which was 24 seconds ahead of Edmond Memorial's Chris Ebert in second place.

But Memorial, with Gabe Thompson and Ryan Nielsen also in the top 10, took the 6A team title with 44 points. Norman North was second with 71.

Both the Deer Creek boys and girls placed all their point-scoring runners in the top 10 of the 5A west regionals at Norman to cruise to a pair of team titles.

Deer Creek defending state champion Bryce Balenseifen's time of 15:58 was good for a 17-second victory, while the Antlers' Sheridan Snyder edged teammate Ashton England with a winning time of 12:31 in the girls race.

The Heritage Hall girls won the Class 4A east regional at Oral Roberts, behind top-three finishes from Lauren Roberts (13:19) and Meredith Zerby (13:20). Poteau's Deven Bond won the event at 13:11.


A few former Oklahoma high school football players made big news in college action Saturday.

At Ohio, the Okie trio of Tyler Tettleton, Beau Blankenship and Donte' Foster all had headline days in the 41-16 win over Miami (Ohio) Saturday.

Foster, of Guthrie, caught three touchdown passes to set the school record for career TD receptions with 20. Tettleton, from Norman North, threw for 306 yards to surpass the 8,000-yard mark for his career. And Blankenship, also of Norman North, rushed for a season-high 173 yards on 20 carries.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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