“There were a lot of people that doubted us coming into the year because we lost four starters but we're playing up to the level we expected to be playing now.”
NORTHWEST'S ALEXANDER COMMITS TO SNU
Northwest Classen running back Lorenzo Alexander has verbally committed to Southern Nazarene in Bethany, according to his father, Charles.
Alexander played a key role in the Knights' resurgence this past season, earning first-team all-district, second-team Big All-City and honorable mention All-State honors.
Northwest Classen finished 4-6 in Class 5A's toughest district, but began the year 4-1, the school's best start since the early 1970s.
Alexander rushed for 1,015 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. He will join an SNU team that is making the transition to Division II football.
SOFTBALL CATCHERS DECIDE ON FUTURE
Washington catcher Jacie Stephens recently committed to Emporia State (Kan.).
Stephens, The Oklahoman's Little All-City first-team catcher as a senior, hit .416 with 18 RBIs and 23 runs scored in helping the Lady Warriors to the state semifinals.
She also earned All-State honors and was named the Sooner Fastpitch Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
Harrah catcher Katie Holmes signed with Cowley College last week.
Holmes also earned All-State honors and was named the Canadian River All-Conference Offensive Player of the Year after hitting .500 as a senior.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND RYAN ABER