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Class 3A boys state tournament notebook: Crooked Oak walking tightrope

The Ruf-Nex lost to Stroud in the first game of the playoffs back on Feb. 16, then won six straight games with their season on the line to get to state for the first time since 2004.
by Scott Wright Published: March 3, 2013

Ballard is one of three averaging at least 13 points per game. Steven Daniels averages 16.4, with Ballard at 15.6 and Kharon Norwood at 13.6.


It's rare for a Varryl Franklin-coached Millwood team to come to the state tournament with an individual player dominating the stat sheet, and this season — the Falcons' 30th at state — is no different.

Three starters, Chris Crook, Mike Mayes and Ashford Golden average 10-11 points per game for Millwood.

The Falcons have 14 state titles in 20 championship game appearances.


Last year, Sperry reached the state tournament riding on the shoulders of then-senior C.J. Cole, who averaged 22 points and 17 rebounds.

But this year's Pirates have turned to a more balanced approach.

Leading the way is 6-foot-6 junior Casey Cole, C.J.'s brother, who averages 15.8 points and 10.6 rebounds. Point guard Blake Teel adds 15.2 points and 7.1 assists, while Dylan Parker and Peyton Pratt add 15.3 and 13.8 points per game.