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Class 5A-6A state tournament notebook: Free throws help Deer Creek hang on

Antlers sink 23 of 26 free throw attempts, including 13 of 14 in the fourth quarter.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Modified: March 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm •  Published: March 9, 2013


Saturday's Class 5A championship was extra special for Tulsa Washington coach Annette Kennedy.

In addition to being Kennedy's third championship at the school, it was also her 300th win as Hornets coach.

“It's special to be able to accomplish that at one place,” Kennedy said. “I'm at a great place. Whatever you need — they get it for you. There's so much support at Booker T. Washington.”

Kennedy coached in the panhandle at Tyrone for four years before moving on to coach softball at Northern Oklahoma College. She's not been at Tulsa Washington for more than 15 years.

“I didn't like the cold,” Kennedy said of coaching softball. “I had to get back inside.”


The Tulsa Public School district's streak of Class 5A boys' state championship game appearances reached nine this season.

Tulsa Memorial beat Bishop McGuinness 59-42 Saturday to win the title.

The last time a TPS institution wasn't represented in the 5A boys' title game was 2004, when Southeast beat Ardmore.


Edmond Memorial's girls were the only one of four academic state champions honored Saturday at the Mabee Center that also made the state tournament.

The Bulldogs earned academic champion honors in Class 6A. Stillwater's boys (6A), Tulsa Kelley's girls (5A) and Tahlequah's boys (5A) were also named academic champions during halftime of the 6A girls championship game.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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