The news of what happened to Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery hit Bishop McGuinness girls basketball coach Jennifer Burch pretty hard. Peery suffered a severe spinal injury attempting to break up a fight at a bar while off-duty last week. Burch, who attended school with Peery growing up, is organizing a donation drive to help Peery and his family. Burch said the school will be accepting donations for Peery all night Thursday and Friday as the Irish host both girls and boys regional basketball games. Burch said people can donate cash or makes checks payable to the Chad Peery Fund.
EDMOND SANTA FE VS. U.S. GRANT GIRLS GAME IS BASS VS. BASS
Nobody is going to know the schemes of Edmond Santa Fe girls basketball coach Paul Bass better than U.S. Grant coach Katie Bass. Not only is Katie Bass a graduate of Santa Fe, she is also Paul's daughter. The two will go against each other Thursday night in regional play. “That's something kind of rare,” Paul Bass said. The Wolves come in ranked second in 6A and have only one loss this year.
PUTNAM CITY'S YOUTH MOVEMENT TO GET POSTSEASON TEST
Everyone knows the names of Putnam City seniors Dominique Raney and Ron'Quis Lewis, but you don't get far down the Pirates' lineup before you find some youngsters contributing.
That youth contributed to PC's rough start to the season, but the development of those players has helped the Pirates get back on track with five wins in the last six games.
“We're a young team,” said Raney, who averages a team high 19 points. “Some of the young guys don't know how it was in the past when we were winning a lot. For them to be a part of something like this and see that we can win and we do have a chance, it's a big thing.”
Sophomores like Orlando Goldsmith, David Bush and Ronnie Boyce have contributed as starters or key reserves. And freshmen Dexter Dean and Kairo Rutledge have earned playing time down the stretch.
Boyce led the Pirates with 12 points in Monday's 59-46 win over Choctaw. The Pirates face Norman North in the regional playoffs opener at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang, with a potential rematch against the host Broncos Saturday. PC and Mustang split the regular-season series, each winning on the road.
The Deer Creek sophomore Joel Blumenthal suffered a high ankle sprain last weekend and isn't sure if he's going to play this weekend's regionals at Ardmore. Blumenthal said he plans on resting all week in hopes playing Friday against Duncan on Friday. ... Enid officials say plans to renovate their football stadium wont be pushed back despite the school board's delay in awarding a contract. The new deadline for bids will be 3 p.m. March 17.