Chandler won District 3A-5 with wins over Bethel, Berryhill, and Okmulgee on Tuesday to qualify for the Dual State Tournament.
The Lions cruised past Bethel and Okmulgee, winning both duals 69-6, and pulled out a 31-30 win over Berryhill to claim their first district title since 1999.
“I'm so proud of the boys, and they were very excited as they should be,” said coach Mike Ryan, who is in his second season at Chandler. “These kids I have right now have worked so hard since I've been here. Not just during the season, but training over the summer also. It's good they experienced a feeling of success like that.”
Dual State for Classes 3A and 4A will be held at Cushing on Saturday, Feb. 15.
TURNER, GRIESE HONORED BY NFHS
Owasso baseball coach Larry Turner and Ada boys tennis coach Skip Griese were chosen as National Coach of the Year in their respective sports Tuesday by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Also, longtime announcer Don Blasingame was recognized with the State Award for Outstanding Service in the sport of wrestling.
The criteria used in selecting the coaches include career coaching records, community service, involvement in other school activities, involvement in their respective profession at local, state and national levels, and the coaches basic philosophy of athletics.