Friday's Class 2A-6A state basketball qualifiers

Oklahoman Published: March 7, 2014
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CLASS 6A BOYS

•No. 1 Putnam City West (24-2): Holding the top ranking for the last two months, the Patriots are chasing their first gold ball.

•No. 2 Midwest City (22-2): The Bombers have finished runner-up three times in the last four years, but hope to finish the job this year.

•No. 3 Tulsa Union (24-2): Making its fourth straight appearance, Union was the preseason favorite.

•No. 10 Bixby (18-8): The Spartans are led by one of the state’s best big me, 6-foot-9 Oklahoma State signee Mitch Solomon.

CLASS 5A BOYS

•No. 2 Tulsa Memorial (18-7): The defending champion and preseason No. 1 has battled a tough schedule to get back to state.

•No. 4 Carl Albert (20-6): Cameron Warren’s future is in baseball, but he’s been a star for the Titans on the court.

•No. 6 El Reno (21-5): Consistently solid all season, Rodney Haydon’s team is back at state for the fifth time in six years.

•No. 8 Del City (12-14): Don’t let the record fool you, the Eagles’ tough schedule has the prepared for the big stage.

CLASS 4A BOYS

•No. 5 Douglass (19-4): No more Stevie Clark, but the four-time defending champions are still headed back to state.

•No. 6 Fort Gibson (24-3): Earned state berth with upset of No. 1 Victory Christian Friday.

•No. 12 Mannford (22-4): Reached the semifinals in lats state appearance in 2006.

•No. 17 Elk City (19-6): The Elks’ last state trip came in 2007.

CLASS 3A BOYS

•No. 1 Okemah (26-1): Last year’s runner-up suffered its only loss to Class 5A No. 1 McGuinness at the Tournament of Champions.

•No. 2 Centennial (24-2): Fourth consecutive state trip and first under new coach Garrette Mantle.

•No. 3 Spiro (24-2): Started the season 15-0 before a pair of losses to 4A opponents.

•No. 5 Sequoyah-Tahlequah (23-3): Went to nine straight tournaments from 2002-10, but this is their first time back since then.

CLASS 2A BOYS

•No. 1 Millwood (20-5): Last year’s Class 3A champs will shoot for their state-record 16th state title.

•No. 2 Latta (24-4): Coach Donnie Husband has his squad back at state to defend its title.

•No. 4 Preston (22-4): Fourth appearance at state since 2009, when they won it all.

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by Scott Wright
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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
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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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