Class 5A boys state basketball notebook: 5A wide open

Bishop McGuinness is No. 1, but the Irish lost in the area finals before bouncing back Saturday night with a win over Del City.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 3, 2013

Johnson was on duty with the Sebastian County Sherriff's Office when the accident occurred.

Johnson was married to Brewer's sister, Carla.

“It was a tough day yesterday,” Brewer said. “We loved Terry and want to support Carla any way we can.”


Tulsa Edison is another team in the field with plenty of state tournament experience.

The Eagles are in the field for the sixth time in seven seasons and the third consecutive season.

Early in the season, it looked like Edison's streak was in jeopardy.

Michael Parish's team started 5-5 before getting things turned around.

Since, they've gone 15-1, with their only loss coming to Edmond Santa Fe in the first round of the Jenks-Union Tournament in late January.

Once again, Brian Speaks and Don Simmons are big reasons for Edison's success.

Simmons, a 6-foot-2 senior, averages 19 points and five assists while Speaks, a 6-foot-5, senior, averages 16 points and eight rebounds.

by Ryan Aber
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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