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.
“It helps a lot with confidence. She already is taking ownership of the mound. She’s completely stepped up for us and has definitely won us some ballgames.”
SOUTHMOORE OFF TO DOMINANT START
Class 6A defending softball champion Southmoore went 6-0 last week, continuing its dominance early in the season.
The SaberCats are now 11-1 on the season — the only loss coming to Edmond North — and outscored their opponents 52-1 last week.
“I feel like we are further along,” junior Arielle James said. “I think we’ve all matured during the summer with our travel teams and I think that’s really helped us.”
Southmoore travels to Edmond Santa Fe on Monday.
EDMOND MEMORIAL TAKES VOLLEYBALL TITLE IN BROKEN ARROW
Edmond Memorial improved to 8-0 on the young volleyball season, sweeping its way to the championship at the Broken Arrow Tournament over the weekend.
Memorial took out Tulsa Kelley in the title match, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23, getting 13 kills from sophomore Alli Evans, who was named tournament MVP. Bulldog seniors Kelsi Hughes and Livi Schiffner were named to the all-tournament team.
Memorial finally gets to play on the home court this week, with tough matches against Norman North on Tuesday and a rematch with Kelley on Thursday.