High school notebook: Choctaw to host Saturday doubleheader in Week 1

Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field. The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: August 24, 2014
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photo - Davis' Kaleb Casey and Ty Milligan celebrate their win over Millwood in the Class 2A state football championship game  at Moore High School in Moore, Okla.,  Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Davis' Kaleb Casey and Ty Milligan celebrate their win over Millwood in the Class 2A state football championship game at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

When Choctaw began setting up a Sept. 6 doubleheader for the first week of high school football, the school wanted it to be a big event — and accomplished it with a season-opening matchup of Class 2A’s top teams.

Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field.

The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m.

“We started talking about this a year ago, about doing something different,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “Most states have some sort of kickoff event (to open the season). We are excited about it.”

Choctaw opens its season at Sapulpa on Sept. 5.

BLANCHARD’S SHORES STRIKES OUT 18

Blanchard pitcher Jaden Shores has been off to a fast start this season.

But nothing was more impressive than her performance Tuesday when she struck out 18 batters in a 1-0 softball win over Little Axe.

“My team backed me up when I needed it,” she said. “It wasn’t like it was all me. They had a big part of it. They’re always there to pick me up.”

Shores now has 67 strikeouts in 11 games for the Lions, who are 9-4 under first-year coach Desiree Booker.

“She’s been pitching really well and all of our games have been very close,” Booker said. “A lot of it is just defensive effort by her. She’s getting them to put it in play but not over the top. They’re just not really getting ahold of her.

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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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