“Any of the good teams in the state championships, Jenks and (Tulsa) Kelley (in Class 6A) for example, they both have a bunch of club players from Tulsa teams,” Deer Creek coach Misty Thompson said. “It's really helping out the development of the high school programs.”
The last time Deer Creek started so many freshmen was 2009, a state championship season for the Antlers. Those freshmen were last year's seniors who won another state title for Deer Creek.
Deer Creek and Carl Albert also are district foes. The Antlers won this year's regular-season meeting between the two clubs, 1-0, in double overtime.
Carl Albert always fields tough teams, but this year's Titans' squad is more skilled than past teams, Thompson said.
“Carl Albert is real scrappy,” she said. “That's their ticket.”
The Antlers are not talking about their winning streak against Carl Albert, Thompson said. They want to become the first Deer Creek team in any sport to repeat as state champions, she said.
“We can't worry about those things,” Thompson said. “We just got to come out and play our best.”