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High school notebook: Fox Sports Plus to air Saturday's title games

Action starts 7:30 p.m. Friday when Norman North and Jenks play for the Class 6A state championship
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: November 26, 2012
/articleid/3732248/1/pictures/1894044">Photo - Oklahoma Christian School’s Blake Barnes, left, Garrett Killborn and Austin Brooks, right, have been instrumental in the Saints’ offense this season.  Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Christian School’s Blake Barnes, left, Garrett Killborn and Austin Brooks, right, have been instrumental in the Saints’ offense this season. Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman

Defensive back Quinton Hand had two interceptions for the Red Tornadoes, including returning a pick 12 yards for Clinton's first touchdown of the game.

“Huge plays by Quinton,” Clinton coach Mike Lee said. “He has come a million miles and has had a great year for us.”

Leading 33-22, Clinton linebacker/quarterback Garrison Mendoza had the Red Tornadoes' third interception of the game midway through the fourth quarter. It came at a critical time when Ada was seemingly driving for a third straight touchdown would have cut the margin to one score.

“It took momentum back,” Lee said of Mendoza's leaping interception at the Clinton 25.

Mendoza landed on his back after the acrobatic interception and was momentarily dazed.

“He's a guy that makes plays,” Lee said of his senior quarterback. “I haven't played him a lot at linebacker this year, even though he is as good as we've had in awhile, because I can't afford to get him hurt. But this time of year, you got to go.”

Clinton (11-2) meets Anadarko (13-0) in the Class 4A state championship at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater.


Mustang swim coach Bruce Clifton thought this season was going to be a building year.

But in two meets, he could be wrong.

The Broncos won their first meet and then the girls team finished second in the Jaguar Invitational.

“All of the kids coming back from last year have stepped it up and we've really started about right where we left off last year,” Clifton said. “So the expectations are kind of high right now, and that's coming from the kids.”

Mustang's program started just five years ago and this season had 80 kids to start the year.

And an athlete like senior Katie Wycoff has been crucial. She also runs cross country and came into the Jaguar Invitational with just two days of practice. She and her relay teammates qualified for state.

“I guess I was already kind of in shape from cross country,” said Wycoff, who also swims in the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
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
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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