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High school basketball: Class 2A-6A state tournament qualifiers

by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: March 2, 2013

Class 6A

No. 1 Midwest City (23-1): Ranked No. 13 nationally by USA Today earlier this season, the Bombers have been the state's top-ranked team most of the season.

No. 2 Edmond Memorial (20-2): Finally healthy, the Bulldogs are playing their best basketball at the right time.

No. 3 Putnam City (24-2): Had to go through the loser's bracket, but back at state, as usual.

No. 4 Owasso (22-3): The Shake Milton buzz has swept the Tulsa area, now the rest of the state will get a look at the sophomore sensation.

No. 6 Broken Arrow (19-6): First trip to state since 2008.

No. 12 Tulsa Union (15-10): The defending champs upset rival Jenks to get back to state.

No. 14 Putnam City West (15-11): Lenny Bert's young team is peaking in the playoffs after an up-and-down regular season.

No. 17 Tulsa Washington (17-9): Led by Juwan Parker, the Hornets return to state in Joe Redmond's first year as coach.

Class 5A

No. 1 Bishop McGuinness (19-4): A rebuilt starting lineup has the defending champ Irish back at No. 1 and in the state tournament.

No. 2 Tulsa Memorial (20-5): The East's top contender has won 10 of its last 11 games.

No. 3 Southeast (17-7): Coach Walt Brewer's squad is headed to state for the first time since 2008.

No. 4 Carl Albert (21-6): Ranked No. 1 for a portion of the season, the Titans are back at state for the third straight year.

No. 5 Tulsa Edison (17-6): As individually talented as any team in the class.

No. 7 Lawton MacArthur (17-8): Upset No. 1 Bishop McGuinness to earn state berth.

No. 13 Noble (14-13): Knocked off No. 6 Coweta to earn first state berth since 1995.

No. 14 Chickasha (16-9): Returning to state for the first time since 2004.

Class 4A

No. 1 Roland (26-1): Seth Youngblood is an underrated player, and Roland is a serious contender.

No. 2 Douglass (24-3): Three-time defending champs haven't lost to a 4A opponent since Star Spencer at the 2009 state tournament.

No. 3 Tulsa Victory Christian (25-2): Reached the Class 3A state championship game a year ago.

No. 4 Anadarko (23-4): Last year's runner-up returned to state with a mostly new starting lineup.

No. 11 Harrah (21-7): Led by brothers Collin and Austin Jennings, the Panthers are at state for the first time since 2008.

No. 19 Muldrow (20-8): Upset No. 6 Fort Gibson for first state berth since 1997.

Unranked Tulsa Webster (17-13): Class 4A's Cinderella is back at state for the first time since 2004.

Class 3A

No. 1 Centennial (19-8): Bounced back from Friday loss, looking for another gold ball.

No. 2 Okemah (24-3): Making third state tournament appearance in five years

No. 3 Millwood (17-9): State tournament appearance No. 30 for the Falcons after starting season 2-6.

No. 4 Verdigris (23-4): This is the Cardinals' fifth tourney trip since 2007.

No. 5 Sperry (23-4): Back at state for the second consecutive year — and the second time in school history.

No. 8 Sequoyah-Tahlequah (19-8): Upset two-time defending champ Centennial to earn state berth.

No. 10 Hugo (21-6): Darnell Shanklin has his team back at state for the third time in four years.

Unranked Crooked Oak: Knocked off sixth-ranked Stroud for first state trip since 2004.

Class 2A

No. 2 Ketchum (26-0): Knocked off No. 1 Northeast in an area championship to remain undefeated.

No. 4 Haworth (26-6): Last year's runner-up had to fight through the loser's bracket.

No. 5 Latta (26-3): Had 15-game win streak snapped Friday, but rebounded to earn state berth.

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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 Scott Wright
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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